Friday, March 29, 2013
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
Tuesday, March 26, 2013
The inside of Burghley House is as 'over-the-top' as the crenelated exterior. There are sumptuous dining rooms, bedrooms, sitting rooms and a huge kitchen culminating for me in the Heaven Room. This was designed by Antonio Verrio. Although only painted in two dimensions onto the flat surfaces of the walls, the optical illusions created by foreshortening, perspective and very expert painting is entirely convincing, transforming the drama into three dimensions, filled with movement.
Thanks Jo and Ruth for financing the trip - I enjoyed the company and look forward to entertaining you this time in Cambridge.
Monday, March 25, 2013
Sunday, March 24, 2013
Friday, March 22, 2013
I was asked to photograph a couple of coins, one a Roman copper coin where the surface is so worn that it is difficult to make out the detailsand the other a George IV coin from 1828 where the details are very well preserved. I used a 50mm Macro lens and a Ringflash.