Michel De Montaigne - was he really a sceptic?

Michel De Montaigne: A modern sceptic? (Part Two)

This two-part blog series analyses the influence of Pyrrhonian Scepticism on Montaigne’s writings. For the first part of this article, take a look at my previous blog. In order to comprehend Montaigne’s use of Pyrrhonism, the Apology for Raymond Sebond (the longest and most debated individual essay), provides a fascinating insight into the implicit epistemological … Continue reading Michel De Montaigne: A modern sceptic? (Part Two)

Michel De Montaigne

Michel De Montaigne: A modern sceptic? (Part One)

Michel Eyquem de Montaigne, Lord of Montaigne (28 February 1533 – 13 September 1592) was one of the most significant philosophers of the French Renaissance, known for popularizing the essay as a literary genre. If you haven’t come across his Essais, I’d recommend just picking a couple at random and starting from there… It’s how … Continue reading Michel De Montaigne: A modern sceptic? (Part One)

FOUND: New Art Gallery Walsall

Last night saw the private view of New Art Gallery Walsall’s new exhibition: FOUND. The exhibition featured seven artists (Paul Chiappe, Julie Cockburn, Ellen Gallagher, Ruth Claxton, John Stezaker, Vesna Pavlović and Erik Kessels), all of whom transformed and re-worked found, visual material.  It featured photographs, postcards, slides and magazines - all gleaned from the … Continue reading FOUND: New Art Gallery Walsall

‘Behold all is vanity and vexation of spirit’ – Art at the British Museum

This was the title Count Christian Dürckheim, who donated almost all the works on display, would have preferred for the British Museum’s showcase of 90 examples of German, modernist art.  Eventually titled Germany Divided – A Search For Identity, the exhibition is more than a mere exploration into ‘modernism.’  Germany Divided represents a very particular moment in the 1960s … Continue reading ‘Behold all is vanity and vexation of spirit’ – Art at the British Museum

The Great War in Portraits: War at the National Portrait Gallery

Imagination, n.:  A warehouse of facts, with a poet and a liar in joint ownership. Ambrose Bierce  Who should win?  The Poet or the Liar? Does it even matter, and are they always destined to be co-owners? This exhibition revolves around contrasts and difficult questions.  It is an incredibly fitting portrayal of a war which … Continue reading The Great War in Portraits: War at the National Portrait Gallery