21 May 2017

Art’s Timelessness

One of the exciting changes that can happen to you with an EPPH perspective is to discover that we all have the ability to see links between very different images. And the ways we do that are so far removed from conventional understanding that the method and its results never cease to surprise....

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10 Aug 2015

Eye-Opening: Michelangelo, Goya and Pixar’s Inside Out

Don’t get misled by Pixar's new Inside Out. It's not for children. It’s an animated film so obviously based on the paradigm of Western art that it demonstrates what EPPH has often argued: that ever since the 1940’s many, if not most, successful Hollywood films have been made according to...

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24 Sep 2014 | 2 Comments

Reading Art: Manet, Picasso and Alfonso Ponce de Leon

My vision, like most people’s, is often cloudy which is why when the sun breaks and I gain some understanding, I get excited. You must excuse me. It may sometimes seem as if no-one before me has made similar observations. After all, all my entries on EPPH must include something unknown to...

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03 Sep 2014 | 1 Comments

Leonardo’s Skull Rocks

Art is visual which means, contrary to a lot of theoretical discourse, so are its secrets. And if you train your eyes to search for similarity rather than difference, you'll be amazed at what you can discover. 

Few paintings have been analyzed as much as Leonardo's Virgin of the Rocks in...

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28 Jul 2014 | 4 Comments

Ego’s Poetic Powers

EPPH has long argued that artists mute their ego to gain access to poetic depths. Yet in the passage below Colin Wilson, the English philosopher and novelist who died last year, describes a more balanced understanding in which poets identify with nature (see, for instance, Artists as Animals)...

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10 Feb 2014

The Poet’s Eye

What you see may not be all you see because somewhere inside most true artworks one form is laid over another. Here's a simple example from a print made by Robert Motherwell (1915-1991), a leader of the New York School in the mid-twentieth century. If it were not titled The Poet's Eye, you...

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12 Nov 2013

Where on earth is the Kingdom of Heaven?

Occasionally, while studying art, I achieve a breakthrough quite unlike my normally slow and incremental progress. One of those moments was discovering that key words and phrases in the Bible and other esoteric texts intentionally mislead, allowing only those aware of their hidden meaning to...

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10 Aug 2013 | 2 Comments

Soak it up! The Story of Degas’ Sponge.

Degas was a well-known miser so some people might still think of him as a sponge. That would be appropriate. Artists don't always handle brushes; they use anything that works, sponges included. A selection sold for use by artists is illustrated (above right). Degas, for instance, might well...

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03 Apr 2013 | 3 Comments

Art as a Spiritual Guidebook

Some readers may wonder - not many, I hope - how and why I describe so many different figures in art, from the Middle Ages to Picasso, as yet another representation of the artist. It can seem repetitive and boring, even simplistic. Yet it is a basic fact that needs constant repetition precisely...

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16 Jan 2013 | 2 Comments

Sotheby’s Head Turner

Two years ago, shortly after I began this website, Christie's sold one of the most important Old Master paintings to come on the market for years: Poussin's Ordination from the collection of the Duke of Rutland. The auction house helped by Poussin scholars wrote a comprehensive catalogue entry...

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19 Nov 2012

Seeing Through the Artist’s Eyes

Michelangelo's Art Through Michelangelo's Eyes (2005) was my first publication because it demonstrates how important it is to look at poetic art that way, through the eyes of the artist. I have continued to show how the same method works with other artists too, often with visually astonishing...

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29 Oct 2012

Leonardo’s Hurricane Sandy

With Hurricane Sandy bearing down on the East Coast of the United States tonight, I thought I should take the opportunity to tell our users there that we are thinking of them and wish them well. We're in it too. If you have a second to take your mind off the monstrous storm outside - before the...

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29 Oct 2012 | 1 Comments

Andy Warhol: The Only Way Out is In!

Here for those familiar with the site is a late print by Andy Warhol. It provides the quotation of the week: "The only way out is in!"

18 Oct 2012

The Power of an Artist’s Imagination

Remember when you look at art that artists can do almost anything. They are not like you and I (apologies to any artists out there). Their imaginations are all-powerful. Take, for instance, this 1776 etching of the Colisseum in Rome by Giambattista Piranesi. How did he imagine it? No-one had...

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09 Mar 2012

Turner Online

So many of Turner’s canvases are eye-shaped and his viewpoint so clearly Romantic and mystical that I cannot understand how so few people recognize that these images are taking place inside Turner’s mind behind his eyes. Simon Schama the historian did mention this in his book The Power of Art...

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