More Meandering through Cyberspace – June 2020

The world has changed since I last wrote of my meanderings through cyberspace. While our physical lives have been circumscribed, the wonderful world of the internet has opening up new vistas. So here are a few of the interesting places I’ve been over the last three months.

Perhaps the machines will take over one day. This article takes the opening lines of a number of classics and lets the machines do the rest. I don’t know that the results are any worse than what would happen with humans. They are certainly better than the pass-back stories I saw back in the late 1520s when I was under the illusion that I wanted to be a secondary teacher.

I discovered #WOMENSART through Twitter. This account celebrates women’s art and creativity and is curated by PL Henderson, a freelance writer and art historian. Each day she tweets images of myriad forms of art created by women of all cultures across the world. There is also an associated #WOMENSART blog with thoughtful essays which examine individual artists in more depth. The latest post is on the wonderful Finnish artist and writer Tove Jansson.

Historical Portraits Image Library is the archive site of paintings and portrait miniatures sold by Philip Mould & Company. My particular interest is in the 16th and early 17th century there. The descriptive material associated with each image explains not only the composition of the portrait but also places it within the development of art in the period. The site directs anyone wishing to use the images to Bridgeman Images where, unfortunately, you need almost to mortgage your house even if you only want the image for personal use.

Which brings me to the delightful series of videos by Philip Mould called Art in Isolation. Originally broadcast in March and April, in these videos Philip Mould takes us into his home at Duck End, Oxfordshire and shows us some of the wonderful art works he lives with. It is both informative and entertaining. And as a bonus you get to meet his elegant whippet, Cedric.

And now for something completely silly. While not as charming nor quite as informative as Lucy Worsley dressing as an Elizabethan woman, Danny Dyer putting on Tudor raiment is quite amusing but not nearly as amusing as the weird and unnecessary subtitles which appear to have been translated from English then back again using Google Translate.

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