Mamma Mia!

No sacrilege intended, but there’s some good sport to be had in museums’ Medieval collections, innocently enough poking fun at the grisly visages of thirteenth-century Virgins and Christ Children… the ones turned out before the naturalism seeking libertarians of the Renaissance started grappling with the subject. Rather than cherubic, Dark Age Baby Jesus often looks…

Art Party

Patricia Ellis has tea with one of Hackney’s most recognized artists, Bob and Roberta Smith, at the (distinctly un-Hackney-like) Ruskin Café on Museum Street, in Bloomsbury. What better place to talk about art, history and politics? Bob orders a pot of English Breakfast, surely a most appropriate beverage with which to toast his Art Party, which…