Thursday, 30 April 2015

Cathedrals and an inner life

Dreams of rooms and interiors. Always thought that the interior of Flemish cathedrals reflected a state of mind.
Antwerp Cathedral has two Rubens' masterpieces. In The descent from the Cross below: Christ is dead and all life has gone from him yet he is still the source of light and centre of the painting despite the brilliant colours of people's clothes around him. (Cannot take credit for this brilliant thought - it was drawn to my attention this morning.)

Reading and watching

  • Foot by Foot to Santiago de Compostela/Judy Foot
  • The Testament of Mary with Fiona Shaw at the Barbican
  • The Testament of Mary/Colm Toibin
  • Schwanengesang/Schubert - Tony Spence
  • Journals/Robert Falcon Scott
  • Fugitive Pieces/Ann Michaels
  • Unless/Carol Shields
  • Faust/Royal Opera House
  • The Art of Travel/Alain de Botton
  • Mad Men Series 6
  • A Week at The Airport/Alain de Botton
  • The Railway Man/Eric Lomax
  • Bright Lights, Big City/Jay McInerney
  • Stones of Venice/John Ruskin
  • The Sea, the Sea/Iris Murdoch
  • Childe Harold/Lord Byron
  • All The Pretty Horses/Cormac McCarthy
  • Extreme Rambling/Mark Thomas
  • Story of my Life/Jay McInerney
  • Venice Observed/Mary McCarthy