Category Archives: History

The Power of Illustration: Southeast Asian Manuscripts at the British Library

The manuscript has long had a special place in the diverse cultures of Southeast Asia. The British Library’s collection includes a whole range of manuscripts from the region, including examples from Burma, Thailand, Cambodia, Lao, Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia. In … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Art History, Asia, Culture, History, Museums | Leave a comment

A Soldier’s Tale: Time Heals All Wounds?

A Forgotten War Upon entering ‘A Soldier’s Tale’ at Asia House, an exhibition documenting the experience of British soldiers who fought in the Korean War, you are greeted by Jiho Won’s towering ‘Construction for Deconstruction’. The sculpture is reminiscent of … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Art History, Asia, Culture, History | Leave a comment

Out and About … beautiful day at the University of Cambridge

Image | Posted on by | Leave a comment

Samurai Ceramics: Japanese Nabeshima Wares at the Oriental Ceramic Society

Last Tuesday members of the Oriental Ceramic Society gathered at the Royal Academy in London for the Annual General Meeting. Founded in 1921, members of the society represent some of the cream of the Asian art world and include collectors, … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Art History, Asia, Culture, History, Museums | Leave a comment

Painting for the Emperor: Giuseppe Castiglione

Mention the name Giuseppe Castiglione in the artist’s native Italy and you’ll be met with blank looks, yet Castiglione is one of the most famous painters in the world. Born in 1688 into a Milanese family, Castiglione was a Jesuit … Continue reading

Posted in Art, Art History, Asia, Culture, History, Museums | Leave a comment

V&A Object of the Week … 18th Century Fusion Fashion: Britain, India and Japan

Many contemporary fashion designers incorporate a myriad of cultural influences into their designs. This 18th century robe, on display at the Victoria and Albert Museum, reveals that the fusion of different cultural elements in fashion is not a just a … Continue reading

Posted in Art History, Asia, Culture, Fashion, History, Museums, Out and About | Leave a comment

World Cultures in Exeter: the Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery

The Royal Albert Memorial Museum and Art Gallery in Exeter, winner of Museum of the Year Award in 2012, is a thing of beauty. The red brick Victorian facade, with its Gothic Revivalist arches and tracery, is stunning. Inside, the … Continue reading

Posted in Architecture, Asia, Culture, History, Museums, Out and About | Leave a comment