The image and the glory: a glance at the covenant between Art and Immortality

There is an ancient covenant between art and immortality. A brief visit to any castle or museum on the Old Continent will immediately reveal a key dimension of painting or sculpture, and that is conferring immortality – or perhaps only a temporary victory over time, which is but death in waiting – to an eventLire la suite « The image and the glory: a glance at the covenant between Art and Immortality »

The Countess of Castiglione and the “spirit of the selfie”

(Article in French here-below / Article en français ci-dessous) Museo del Risorgimento, Torino Are selfies an art form by themselves, part of the wider realm of photography, or a mere manifestation of narcissism and self-consciousness mostly of interest to psychoanalysis ? This question is not going to be answered here. Although a clue may beLire la suite « The Countess of Castiglione and the “spirit of the selfie” »

Soap Bubbles, from Vanitas to Utopia

Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria, Perugia, 16 March – 9 June 2019 The National Gallery of Umbria presents an original exhibition on the iconology of soap bubbles, a hitherto rather neglected topic of art history. The first meaning of the soap bubble is that of a vanitas, a symbol of the frailty of life and constant proximityLire la suite « Soap Bubbles, from Vanitas to Utopia »

The face of robots

National Museum of Scotland, Edinburgh, 2019 The ambition of the exhibition is contained in the museum’s statement: “From early mechanised human forms to today’s cutting-edge technology, this major exhibition reveals our 500-year quest to make machines human.” There is more to this than it appears: why on earth should robots be human-like, if their purposeLire la suite « The face of robots »