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Michael Prodger is associate editor at the New Statesman. He is an art historian, Senior Research Fellow at the University of Buckingham, and a former literary editor.
The author and former Fleet Street political editor on Silicon Valley, Keir Starmer, and why politics has become a “grim comedy”.
The philosophical landscapes of Lucian Freud's lesser-known contemporary.
The landscape paintings by the Renaissance botanist show a man who revelled in the countryside.
The grandest of all Victorian artists was most himself painting silvers of nature.
For Francis Towne, seeing the landscape with a clear eye was more important than being stirred by it.
The revival of relief printing from wood was spurred by Paul and John Nash and later Eric Ravilious, but also many women artists. The most original of them was Gertrude Hermes.
The maps surveyors drew in the 16th century not only show a new attention to the specifics of the landscape, but can be beautiful objects in their own right.
How Friedrich’s late masterpiece, The Great Enclosure, offers us a glimpse of the artist’s inner life.
The lesser spotted landscapes of Anthony van Dyck.
The quiet life and bold work of an under-discussed St Ives painter.