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Art historian, critic, novelist, artist. Author of Berlin Tales:

How one work of art can give rise to another

Abend Über Potsdam (Evening Over Potsdam) by Lotte Laserstein, 1928. Source

Examples of compositional energy in art

Compositional rhythms in ‘Moonlight’ (c.1895) by Felix Vallotton, edited by author. Source Wiki Art

The tragic heroine who ate a forbidden fruit

Detail of ‘Proserpine’ (1882) by Dante Gabriel Rossetti. Oil on canvas. Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery, UK. Image source BMA (open access)

How to read The Swing by Jean-Honoré Fragonard

L’escarpolette or ‘The Swing (1767) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard. Oil on canvas. Wallace Collection, London. Image source Wikimedia Commons

If I can’t work at my own pace, then there’s no point to it

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Reawakening the pleasure of wandering

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A powerful image of ageing and personal loss that eludes any concrete reading

Self-Portrait (1660) by Rembrandt (Rembrandt van Rijn). Oil on canvas. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, United States. Image source The Met (public domain).

A portrait of wealth containing an allegory of moral judgement

Woman Holding a Balance (c. 1664) by Johannes Vermeer. Oil on canvas. National Gallery of Art, Washington. Image source National Gallery of Art (Open Access image)

Myths of writers and artists that go back centuries

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From the sublime to the mysterious, a keystone movement in art history

Hannibal and his Men crossing the Alps (1810–1812) by J. M. W. Turner. Oil canvas. Tate Britain, London. Image source Wikimedia Commons

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