London Markets: Borough Market.

Few things in the present chic appearance of the Borough Market hint at its boisterous history. Except for the fact, that last year it celebrated its 1,000th birthday. It flourished in developing, mercantile London of the Middle Ages; it flourished in colourful London of Shakespeare and Marlow; it flourished in strict, progressive Victorian London, and never lost its vitality or ... VIEW THE POST >>

Painters, power and propaganda

When one hears about state-sponsored visual propaganda and elaborate parades, designed to cultivate patriotic pride, it’s easy to think about 20th century dictatorial regimes. But no totalitarian genius, no minister of propaganda would’ve conceived of the splendor, the scale, the sheer audacity of the grand civic myth, fostered by the Venetian Republic at its time. One of the earliest and most ... VIEW THE POST >>

Old Venice: maritime might

On the underside of Basilica San Marco’s outer arch, a curious series of carvings are presented. At the first glance, they seem grim and muted, lost in the shadow of magnificence. This little example of medieval art constitutes a collection of scenes, surprisingly mundane for this place: ordinary activities of various Venetian craftsmen. Fisherman sits in the boat and dangles his line, while the ... VIEW THE POST >>