|A different side of The National Gallery|
I also took more of a look at the Dutch paintings from around this time and contrasted their 'ordinary- ness' with contemporary works from other European states - as Foley suggested the art was more about the everyday and of interest to a wider audience perhaps for this reason - the 'low countries' had a big surge in private ownership of paintings at this time.
Another artefact that caught my eye was A Peepshow with Views of the Interior of a Dutch House by Samuel van Hoogstraten, this was a sort of Doll's house which was also externally illustrated using a clever distortion that requires a particular viewing angle.
|Not the TV Peepshow|
In fact the painting that I looked at which touched me most on my visit emotionally was actually Jacopo Tintoretto's Christ washing the Feet of the Disciples (1575-80)although it is not my usual taste in paintings I felt moved by it and the accompanying description of the occasion, looking on-line I see that he made an earlier painting of the same subject (around 1548) it was a very different painting .
One of the presents I got for Christmas was the latest (and New) McCartney album, am pleased to say it has some really great tracks. I find it impressive that someone of his wealth and age still has the ethic of getting out performing and publicizing his new material. Live impromptu (ish) performances in Covent Garden and Times Square show that he's still got the urge to perform.
Like Dylan and Len (Cohen) Paul's producing new material that's relevant and contemporary.
Nice to see that Paul is working with new producers and continuing to experiment, I'm certainly still hearing a lot of Beach Boy influences as well a track that continue to address the hurt Paul feels over the re-writing of History by those who weren't there when John and Paul started composing (Early Days) personal favourite for me is Scared quite a simple performance but effective.