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7th June 2015

With Rembrandt, the Selfie Takes On New Meaning

Facing adversity in later life, Rembrandt turned to self-portraits, creating “an autobiography in pictures”. One might well describe these portraits as ‘selfies’ but his intent was altogether more serious: “He’s looking at lasting art by Raphael, Titian, Durer, and he’s claiming his place in history’” Image: Wikipedia

6th June 2015

Seeing a Cash Cow in Museum’s Precious Art

Public galleries have always found ways to sell off redundant art works. But what about selling off core pieces in a collection to pay some bills … or to make gallery repairs and renovations … or to fund public sector pensions? What priority should be given to safeguarding “cultural identity” and who decides which “treasures” are essential to this?