When Paul Preece started working with a bellows camera – one of those big, Victorian-style contraptions with an accordion-like hood – he thought it would be well suited to the creation of striking landscape shots.
Modern research is uncovering a rich canon of composition by women behind the closed doors of medieval convents. There, nuns were free to express their emotions through the glory of polyphony, which would in turn, and mostly uncited, influence Monteverdi and many other baroque masters
Florence’s Museo di San Marco, until recently a Dominican monastery, houses the most extraordinary art: everywhere you turn there’s a stunning Fra Angelico, or some art piece referencing the life of the fascinating monk-ruler Savonarola, or a fresco detailing a story from the Gospels.
Having been an early supporter of National Socialism, Emil Nolde hoped the Nazis would make expressionist art the standard bearer for modern Germany, and decided to support them – a decision that would become his double undoing.