In 1827, when Lady Isabella Hertford finally installed the hand-painted Chinese wallpaper the Prince of Wales had gifted her two decades earlier, she thought it didn’t have enough pizzazz for her drawing room at Temple Newsam in Leeds, England.
The ornamentation of medieval churches is often associated with the elite: stained glass windows, ornately carved pews, and memorial monuments to lords and knights. However, carved right into the structure of the building, in the dark corners and beneath the whitewash on the walls, are less visible traces of the lower and middle class: graffiti.
A ring of human skulls originally circled 16th-century magician John Dee in a painting by the English artist Henry Gillard Glindoni.
Scholar, Courtier, Magician: The Lost Library of John Dee opens today at the Royal College of Physicians (RCP) in London.
BRISTOL, UK — On Saturday night here, in a concert hall whose former life as a church moved him to sing hymns, artist Theaster Gates gave a site-specific performance that brought many audience members to tears and prompted others to walk out.
In researching her new art project, Fiona Tan discovered an odd pamphlet advertising “The Exhibition of Jonah, the Giant Whale caught off Trondheim, Norway.”
A red notebook in the Royal Archives at Windsor Castle reveals a whimsical tale of a motherless girl exiled to boarding school, written in diligently neat script by a 10-year-old Queen Victoria.
Imagine holding a copy of the Magna Carta, folding it up, and forgetting about it.