Adam and Eve

I was asked to write an 'ekphratic response' to a painting of my choice in the Courtauld Gallery this week, which is not the sort of writing I've ever really done before. I chose Cranach's Adam and Eve (below) and I really had to force myself not to research it to within an inch of its life before I dared write anything. Interestingly, when I'd finished and set myself free to research, I realised that I'd actually spotted most of the things in the Courtauld catalogue listing just by looking at the picture really carefully (the only one I didn't get was the roebuck drinking from the stream, which is apparently a common metaphor for the Christian soul's longing for God).

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Kaleidoscope cats

Bethlem Museum & Archives are currently exhibiting part of their much-loved Louis Wain (1860 - 1939) collection, including the Kaleidoscope Cats, dubbed 'the Mona Lisa of asylum art' at a talk by Dr David O'Flynn last Saturday.

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