Pieter Brueghel the Elder (1526/1530–1569), Landscape with the Fall of Icarus, c.1558, oil on canvas mounted on wood, 73.5 × 112 cm, Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium.
Seth Alexander Thévoz. Recently, Sight and Sound’s decennial critics’ poll displaced Citizen Kane from its perch; after a fifty year reign, Orson Welles’ dazzling debut did not take the top spot. This was a pity; but not for the reason that Wellesians worldwide lamented as their King was deposed.
Much like a funfair, does Berlin now only retain an illusion of edginess?
Helen Frankenthaler (1928-2011), Hotel Cro-Magnon, 1958, oil on canvas, 172.72 x 205.74 cm, Milwaukee Art Museum.
Lyonel Feininger (1871-1956), The White Man, 1907, oil on canvas, 68.3 x 52.3 cm, Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on deposit at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza.
Perhaps not your idea of a romantic break, but for their honeymoon in 1880 Robert Louis Stevenson and Fanny Osbourne spent the summer squatting in California’s Napa Valley.
Willem Claeszoon Heda (1593/1594 – c.1680/1682), Still life with rummer, silver tazza, pie and other objects, 1634, oil on oak panel, 43.7 x 68.2 cm, The Hague.
The arraignment of the Lancashire witches in the assizes of Lancaster during 1612 is England’s most notorious witch-trial – here Philip Almond recounts the drama and paranoia of those volatile times.