Author archives: Phil Punton

  • The Desperate Man Gustavo Courbet

  • The self-portrait has long been employed by artists to convey different messages or psychological states in their art. In fact, the exploration of the inner being through self-representation has been well documented among some of the most influential and monumental figures in Western and Eastern ar[...]
  • The Accolade Edmund Blair Leighton

  • Leighton  Blair painted in the era of Victorian Romanticism. He was a historical genre painter who painted mainly medieval themes. He often painted elegant and beautiful ladies in landscapes or interiors. Some of his paintings include: Lady Godiva and Abelard and His Pupil. The Accolade is [...]
  • Supper at Emmaus Caravaggio

  • In the collection of Marchese Patrizi by 1624 and possibly commissioned by him, references by Caravaggio's early biographers Giulio Mancini and Giovanni Bellori suggest it was painted in the few months after May 1606 when the artist was in hiding on the estates of Prince Marzio Colonna following th[...]
  • The Entombment of Christ

  • Caravaggio  The Entombment of Christ, is considered one of Caravaggio's greatest masterpieces, was commissioned by Girolamo Vittrice for his family chapel in S. Maria in Vallicella (Chiesa Nuova) in Rome. In 1797 it was included in the group of works transferred to Paris in execution of the[...]
  • Judith Beheading Holofernes

  • The dying man is Holofernes, an enemy of the Israelites in the Old Testament, and the young woman beheading him is Judith, his divinely appointed assassin. Yet at the same time he is also an Italian painter called Agostino Tassi, while the woman with the sword is Artemisia Gentileschi, The paint[...]
  • Its almost time for Santa

  • Santa is coming What a lucky Photographer I am. ┬áThis is the second year that I have received that special call telling me that I have been selected to take a very special set of Father Christmas photographs when meets the very best of the best children. ┬áThis is all about providing mrs Claus wi[...]