Flowers

Ewa Ludwiczak

Watercolour on Fabriano Artistico cold pressed paper, 40 x 50 cm
Flowers

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Pioneer Cottages, Penshurst: ‘three pairs of pretty dwellings’

An excellent posting about this excellent campaigner who even in the 1890,s would put this present government and show it for what it is a Reactionary bunch of Thatcherites who have nothing in common with great Reformers like Jane Escombe

Municipal Dreams

Last week, we looked at the very first rural council housing to be built – in Ixworth, Suffolk.  Its pioneering efforts did little to ease the path of its few successors.  It took five years to build the six council homes built in Penshurst in Kent in 1900.  That achievement was very largely due to the tireless efforts of one of our first women councillors – ‘perhaps the most stubborn woman councillor’ – Miss Jane Escombe. (1)

Penshurst, an early undated postcard Penshurst, an early undated postcard

Escombe seems an unlikely hero of housing reform.  Born in India in 1839, the daughter of an official of the East India Company, she lived in Penshurst in an all-female household as a lady of independent means.  Still, she was a more radical figure than this conventional façade might suggest.

(c) Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation ‘An Etcher Biting’ by Jane Escombe © Colchester and Ipswich Museums Service

She had been an accomplished…

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Rafael

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La Fornarina de Rafael, 1518-1519La Fornarina de Rafael, 1518-1519 (La Fornarina o Margherita Luti, amante de Rafael)

(Raffaello Santi o Sanzio; Urbino, actual Italia, 1483 – Roma, 1520) Pintor y arquitecto italiano. Sus obras representan el paradigma del Renacimiento por su clasicismo equilibrado y sereno basado en la perfección de la luz, la composición y la perspectiva.

Su padre, que fue el pintor y humanista Giovanni Santi, lo introdujo pronto en las ideas filosóficas de la época y en el arte de la pintura, pero falleció cuando Rafael contaba once años; para ganarse la vida, a los diecisiete años trabajaba ya como artista independiente.

No se conoce con exactitud qué tipo de relación mantuvo Rafael con Perugino, del que unos lo consideran discípulo y otros socio o colaborador. Sea como fuere, lo cierto es que superó rápidamente a Perugino, como se desprende de la comparación de sus Desposorios de la Virgen con los…

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El sueño del caballero (Por Rafael**)

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Entre los primeros trabajos de Raphael se cuentan dos paneles: Sueño del Caballero y Las Tres Gracias. El primero es ejemplar para el equilibrado de las diversas partes. En el centro de la bahía de árbol divide la pequeña zona de la plaza en dos secciones.

Raphael: El sueño del caballero (1498-1500). Óleo sobre lienzo, 17 x 17 cm. Londres, National Gallery. Raphael: El sueño del caballero (1498-1500). Óleo sobre lienzo, 17 x 17 cm. Londres, National Gallery.

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Keynes, Marx and the effect of QE

Michael Roberts Blog

One of the interesting sessions at last weekend’s Historical Materialism conference (apart from my session, of course) was one on the work of Suzanne de Brunhoff.  Brunhoff was a Marxist economist from the 1970s onwards who specialised in Marx’s theory of money and applying it to the conditions of modern capitalism.  She died this year.  There is no space to deal with her contributions here.  What I want to take up from the session was a presentation by Maria Ivanova of Goldsmiths University, London.  Ivanova made some key observations about Marx’s theory of money, but also of Keynes.  She pointed out that, in his Treatise on Money written in 1930 at the start of the Great Depression, Keynes argued that central banks would have to intervene with what we now call ‘unconventional monetary policies’ designed to lower the cost of borrowing and raise sufficient liquidity for investment. Just trying…

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Orazio Gentileschi**Orazio Lomi Gentileschi (1563–1639)

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Pintor italiano

Pintura de Orazio Gentileschi Pintura de Orazio Gentileschi

Orazio Gentileschi, nombre original Orazio Lomi (nacido 1562, Pisa [Italia] -died 07 de febrero 1639, Londres, Inglaterra), pintor barroco italiano, uno de los pintores más importantes que vino bajo la influencia de Caravaggio y quien fue uno de los intérpretes más exitosos de su estilo.

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