Tag: eschatology

Durer’s ‘A heavenly body’: painting apocalypse

May 4, 2020 0 Comments
Durer’s ‘A heavenly body’: painting apocalypse

Albrecht Durer surely had the sharpest eye of any painter.  Think of his watercolour A big piece of turf, made in 1503, half a millennium before the hyperrealist painters of our own time.  Or the astonishing sketch of his own head and hand on the reverse of the painting in Paris known as Portrait of […]

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The new eschatology

December 24, 2016 0 Comments
The new eschatology

As 2016 comes to an end the heavens are full of what Flann O’Brien’s great scientist De Selby called ‘black air’.  A long night, it appears, is about to fall on two continents.  In the United States a plutocratic bully and egomaniac with the crudest social and political attitudes is about to take power, unrestrained […]

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