What do you know about design history and the decorative arts and the evolution of taste from antiquity to the present day
Season Six of Downton Abbey is about two extremes of historical continuum and the frailty of our humanity ancient past to distant future, in shades of Season One
The Marais Project presented Re-imaginings, their 15th Anniversary Year Finale Event of 2014, which was reviewed by Rose Niland for The Culture Concept Circle
17th century garden design reflected formality until Salomon de Caus invented fountains, giving impetus to the idea of the fantastic and bizarre giving pleasure
Being a bibliophile is not only about heartbreak, but also happiness too and spending a rainy day reading in bed or on the sofa is certainly my idea of luxury
Progress hinges not on eradicating mistakes, but on our success at perpetuating them – by making good mistakes we learn to forgive, progress and mature by fault
Wearing black and white was a statement of style for the mistress of Henri II of France Diane de Poitiers who adopted Goddess Diana’s crescent moon as a symbol
In Greek Mythology the three Goddesses of Destiny and Fate were recorded in many formats, including tapestries that depicted them weaving the threads of destiny
Described as the ‘matrix of the symbolic’ the Mirror has accompanied the human quest to know and understand our own identity… who is the fairest of them all?
The Christian church as it became organized, discovered singers collectively gather courage to perform as well as gain momentum to give outstanding performances
Benjamin Britten’s gesture of reconciliation was to ensure the main protagonists of World War II Russia, Germany & Great Britain performed his inaugural Requiem
Prior to the twentieth century towers were built as symbols to the heights of material wealth and prosperity the western world had yet achieved.
Since ancient times men and women have all seemingly had one thing in common, the very real need for sleep, love and dreams and in a comfortable and stylish bed
French painter François Boucher produced many of the images we have of Jeanne Antoinette, Marquise de Pompadour, official Mistress of King Louis XV of France
A belief gold and gemstones had an effect on the affairs of many has not been limited to any culture and tokens of human affection were jewelled objects of love
English Georgian era (1714 – 1830) from monarchs to middling people and music of Mozart was a great gaze that began on horseback and ended in a railway carriage