Julia Briggs – An Inner Life

Two days ago I got a question: Have you read Julia Briggs’ biography on Woolf – An Inner Life? – to which I had to reply: no. But now I have … well not the whole of it yet – but I definitively will! Briggs is a clear and talented narrator, and she offers clever insights into both…

Allegory of Spring

 It’s Vernal Equinox – and once again, night and day stand in perfect balance Sandro Botticelli, PRIMAVERA (1482) – the ultimate celebration of spring Botticelli’s Primavera was one of the first large-scale European paintings to tell a story that was not Christian, replacing the agony of Easter with a pagan rite. The very idea of art…