Art as Background

The Fighting Temeraire tugged to her last berth to be broken up, 1839, oil on canvas. National Gallery

Turner was something of a privacy advocate. In the 1841 census he rowed a boat into the Thames so he could not be counted as being present at any property

Emotional Contagion

Marsyas by Balthasar Permoser

Emotional Contagion is the phenomenon of feeling what it appears someone else is experiencing. Art abounds with examples of this, where a painting, sculpture or film elicits a sensation in us of what we imagine the character we are viewing is feeling.

Gothic Reprieve

The Cloisters at Gloucester Cathedral

Musing on how the building I passed was the very antithesis of the Gothic, I found myself recalling some of the majestic architecture of the past.


One superb example of the genre is the business letterhead of Nikola Tesla – after whom the car company is named. Stunning share by Letterheady.

Gakyō Rōjin

Hokusai painting the Great Daruma at Honganji Nagoya Betsuin (Nishi-Honganji) in 1817.

A compelling aspect is the way in which Hokusai’s work burgeoned as he aged. An unconscious reaction to feeling we are yet to realise our potential.

Endurance Through Renewal

The Giza pyramid complex includes the Great Pyramid of Giza, the Pyramid of Khafre, and the Pyramid of Menkaure

I came across a stone bench that appeared to be very old. Carved into an ancient looking wall, dappled in moss, thick creepers wound across its surface.