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J.M.W. Turner

This excerpt is from a  documentary chronicling the rise of one of the greatest landscape painters of all time, Joseph Mallord William Turner (1775–1851), who rendered the subtle effects of light and atmosphere in revolutionary ways. Other Turner related posts … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS “THE FIGHTING TEMERAIRE” BY J M W TURNER 1838 IN THE NATIONAL GALLERY, TRAFALGAR SQUARE, LONDON

This painting has been immensely popular with the ignorant, unlettered and uncultured members of the British public, as well as the rest, ever since it was first displayed in 1839. The artist, Turner would have altogether have approved of this. … Continue reading

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Turner v Constable

The most spectacular artistic rivalry in British history will be revived this month when blockbuster exhibitions by two of the nation’s most renowned painters pitch them into direct competition, just as they were in their lifetimes two centuries ago. The simultaneous … Continue reading

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Featured Artwork – The Fighting Temeraire – Joseph Turner

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The 98-gun ship ‘Temeraire’ played a distinguished role in Nelson’s victory at the Battle of Trafalgar in 1805, after which she was known as the ‘Fighting Temeraire’. The ship remained in service until 1838 when she was decommissioned. Turner shows … Continue reading

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Elizabeth Price, Video Artist, Wins Turner Prize

The video artist Elizabeth Price, whose work splices together images, sounds and texts dealing with subjects as disparate as 1960s girl bands and a tragic chain-store fire in the late 1970s, won this year’s coveted Turner Prize. Jude Law presented … Continue reading

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Turner paintings ‘genuine’

Three oil paintings deemed fakes and locked away for half a century have been found to be genuine works by landscape artist JMW Turner. The oils were left to the National Museum Wales in 1951 by Gwendoline and Margaret Davies of … Continue reading

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FEATURED ARTWORKS – ST PAUL’S CATHEDRAL – CITY OF LONDON, UK – SIR CHRISTOPHER WREN

Three Claims The present St Pauls’ Cathedral has three unique claims to fame. It was the first Protestant cathedral to be built in England; all the medieval cathedrals were originally Catholic foundations. Secondly, it is the first English cathedral to … Continue reading

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New Neural Algorithm Can “Paint” Photos In Style Of Any Artist From Van Gogh To Picasso

A group of researchers at the University of Tubingen, Germany, have developed an algorithm that can morph an image to resemble a painting in the style of the great masters. Technically called “deep learning” algorithms, they are already in use … Continue reading

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Toronto Film Festival 2014: British films set to make a splash

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival is due to begin later today with Robert Downey Jr film The Judge opening proceedings. More than 20 British films are being screened as part of the festivities featuring the likes of Benedict Cumberbatch, … Continue reading

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Soon We May Be Mass Producing Human Blood

Researchers in the UK have developed a technique to culture universal type-O blood from stem cells. It’s the first time scientists have manufactured blood to the appropriate quality and safety standards for transfusion into a human being. It’s a breakthrough … Continue reading

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Famous paintings help study the Earth’s past atmosphere

A team of Greek and German researchers has shown that the colours of sunsets painted by famous artists can be used to estimate pollution levels in the Earth’s past atmosphere. In particular, the paintings reveal that ash and gas released … Continue reading

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Brian Sewell

Brian Sewell

An article about art critic Brian Sewell by Deskarati Editor – Jim Robb Now in his early eighties Brian Sewell is the most important art critic of his day. I have read and watched his work over the last decade … Continue reading

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Turnip Prize Winner – Play on Words

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The winner of the spoof of the Turner Prize contemporary art awards, the Somerset-based Turnip Prize, has been awarded to Percy long-Prong for his work entitled Play on Words. Organiser Trevor Prideaux said he was “delighted with the lack of … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE FIFTH DECADE 1941 – 1950

THE FORTIES Alan Mason continues his personal appreciation of twentieth century writing. This decade is inenvitably dominated by the Second World War, but in this essay on some of the books of the period I have only included one which deals with … Continue reading

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TWENTIETH CENTURY WRITING – THE FIRST DECADE 1901 – 1910

Today we publish the first in a series of posts by our good friend Alan Mason. For more of Alan’s work please click here – Alan Mason – Deskarati. As a small child I learned to read quite quickly, and began … Continue reading

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Zoologists watch as monkey midwife delivers baby

Human labor is long and difficult, so it’s only natural that someone be there to lend a helping hand — that’s where the midwife comes in. It’s not the kind of thing that’s typically observed among other animals, however. Imagine … Continue reading

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Quiz

What creature’s fossilized leg bone did John Horner discover red blood cells in, in 1993? A: A tyrannosaurus rex’s. What sticky sweetener was traditionally used as an antiseptic ointment for cuts and burns? A: Honey. What computer was introduced in … Continue reading

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Deskarati Christmas Quiz

Here is a short and fairly easy Christmas quiz for you. You can find the answers here ‘Quiz Answers‘ What creature’s fossilized leg bone did John Horner discover red blood cells in, in 1993? What sticky sweetener was traditionally used … Continue reading

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Astronomers clash over the distance to the famed North Star

The North Star (Polaris) has played an important role in human history, yet knowledge of its fundamental parameters is unsatisfactory. That problem is attributable in large part to uncertainties tied to the star’s distance, which have now been resolved in … Continue reading

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When the sun turns blue

There have been several recorded times in history when the sun has suddenly turned blue. The scientific explanation for them is even better than the legends people created to explain them long ago. A blue sun allows you to see … Continue reading

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