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Food for Thought / no. 4

Food for Thought / no. 4

Anna Somers Cocks: Of Miraculous Art in a Time of Coronavirus

June 2020

Ever since I was at the Courtauld Institute and then at the Victoria & Albert Museum, I have thought that it was diminishing to look at religious works as just another aesthetic experience or tessera in the history of art when once they had a numinous aura.  I remember the outrage of curators at the State Russian Museum in St Petersburg when they caught people kissing the icons, which was bad for their conservation, of course, but I could not help feeling at the time, the early 1990s, that a piece of important territory was being reclaimed. 

Rembrandt in film David Ekserdjian

Food for Thought / no. 3

David Ekserdjian: Painters at the Pictures

May 2020

I can claim to have shared a sofa in Annabel’s nightclub with Jodie Foster (born 1962) in 1986, and to have chatted up Luise Rainer (1910-2014) – who won the Best Actress Oscar in 1936 for The Great Ziegfeld and then again in 1937 for The Good Earth - at a party in London in 2006, my role here is above all that of the anonymous nobody in the darkness of the cinema we all long to be allowed to visit again one fine day. 

Food for Thought / no. 2

Food for Thought / no. 2

Gary Schwartz: Counting back from the end

April 2020

In March 1993, at a chance encounter on the floor of The European Fine Arts Fair (TEFAF) in Maastricht, I heard myself utter these words: “Annelette, if my doctor told me I had six months to live, I would go to the Isle of Bute and publish that incredible kunstkamer painting by Guillam van Haecht that only I know about.” Listening to myself, I could only wonder what was wrong with me. If I knew what mattered that much to me, why in the world hadn’t I done it in the long quarter-century since I had made the discovery? Was I waiting for that talk with the doctor? Why shouldn’t I always be doing what is most important to me?

Food for Thought / no. 1

Food for Thought / no. 1

John Spike: A Reminiscence of Lombard Still Lifes and dinner with Silvano Lodi in 1982

April 2020

Many years later, I showed a photograph of the Ceruti to a Venetian friend in the hope he could explain the strange assortment of fish, turnips, onions, wine vinegar and a red earthenware pot. My friend smiled and said, "These are the ingredients of a typical Venetian zuppa di pesce. The fish are the red mullet and sole of the upper Adriatic." As Marcella Hazan tells us in The Classic Italian Cook Book, “The very idea behind fish soup, is that it can turn virtually any combination of fish into a succulent and satisfying dish.”

Baldung Grien in Karlsruhe

Baldung Grien in Karlsruhe

March 2020

On Sunday, March 8, the Exhibition, Hans Baldung Grien: Heilig | Unheilig (Hans Baldung Grien: Holy | Unholy) was closing at the Staatliche Kunsthalle, Karlsruhe. It was the first monographic exhibition on the artist to take place for sixty years, when Karlsruhe hosted the last such exhibition. As exhibitors at TEFAF Maastricht, we took the opportunity to see it before the opening of the fair. Little did we know, as we squeezed into a small rented car and headed for the autobahn to Karlsruhe how our world would change in the next three weeks. 

Vereniging Rembrandt TEFAF highlight

Vereniging Rembrandt TEFAF highlight

March 2020

Interior View of the Niewe Kerk, Haarlem by Pieter Saenredam is shortlisted as one of the highlights at TEFAF Maastricht 2020 by Vereniging Rembrandt (Rembrandt Association). The selection was made by Paul Rem, conservator at the Paleis Het Loo and member of the advisory board at VR.

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