Art Detective is an initiative from Art UK that involves specialists and the public in solving mysteries about the public collections paintings in the UK.
Guangzhou, then called Canton by Westerners, was the only Chinese port open to foreign trading until the Opium Wars of the 19th century, and it became a rare hub of direct interactions between the two cultures. One of these resulted in a surprisingly moving series of paintings portraying bodies disfigured by tumors.
Almost all carnivals traveling the circuits in the United States and Great Britain in the 1940s and ’50s towed their own haunted railroad.
Sidney Herbert Sime’s art seems to capture the point at which a dream becomes a nightmare.
Which saint you see in this 17th-century painting depends on where you stand.
“THROUGH OUR PUBLIC COLLECTIONS WE ALL OWN ART,” reads a new painting by British artist Bob and Roberta Smith (who is one guy).