Monthly Archive for December, 2018

Happy New Year!


Have a better one.

Merry Christmas!

Bramantino, The Adoration of the Kings, about 1500, London, The National Gallery

KrigsSplint i Information


I fredagens bogtillæg til Information kan man læse min anmeldelse af første bind af Émile Bravos episk anlagte Splint & Co.-fortælling, L’Espoir malgré tout, eller Håbets tid på dansk. Den sender her i seriens 70-jubilæumsår den heltemodige piccolo midt ud i anden verdenskrig, i fortsættelse af de vellykkede enkeltstående album fra 2008 Journal d’un ingénu, dansk titel Portræt af helten som troskyldig ung mand (dansk udgave 2013). Jeg er ikke helt overbevist om at der er tale om en god idé:

Det er ambitiøst, men rejser det velkendte spørgsmål om, hvorvidt børnelitteraturens klart tegnede fantasifigurer tåler et så direkte virkelighedstjek.

Læs mere her, hvis du har abonemment.

Flashback: In Conversation about Sebastiano & Michelangelo

Michelangelo & Sebastiano, with Dr Matthias Wivel and Dr Piers Baker-Bates from Colnaghi Foundation on Vimeo.

It’s Christmas time, so here’s a treat for the two and half people who might care. I was searching for something else and happened upon this video through the Colnaghi Foundation website. It records a conversation I had at their premises in London in the spring of 2017 with my colleague Piers Baker-Bates on Sebastiano del Piombo, his relationship to Michelangelo and his fortuna critica in Spain (a particular specialty of Piers’). Of course the impetus was the exhibition I had organised at the National Gallery, to which Piers had provided invaluable assistance.

I was aware at the time that it was being filmed but forgot all about it, so it’s nice to see it’s been online for a while. It’s very nerdy, but that was also kind of the brief, and frankly a relief at a time when I was doing many more general — and also enjoyable! — introductions to the subject. Plus, it’s always nice to chat with Piers. Enjoy!

Bruegel, Rembrandt, Crumb and Cartooning

Bruegel, Rembrandt, Crumb and Cartooning
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Extended Hooded Utilitarian piece on R. Crumb’s Genesis and the cartoon tradition.

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