Browsing Category: art history

  • Book: The White Birch: A Russian Reflection, by Tom Jeffreys

    Somewhere between nature writing, cultural history and travel writing sits Tom Jeffreys’ companionable guide to Russia, The White Birch. His point of departure is a single species of tree. There are white birches in palatial gardens, botanical gardens, and protected forest; in nineteenth century landscape paintings, realist novels, dissident poetry and contemporary artworks. It emerges …

    September 27, 2021
  • Properzia de’ Rossi (1490-1530)

    Of the 35 renaissance artists to feature in this copy of Giorgio Vasari’s The Lives of the Artists, there is only one woman. And it is a surprise half way through Book III to discover even one. This was Properzia de’ Rossi and the three pages dedicated to her life are among the most engaging …

    May 3, 2011