Eclectic Interior

A stylish living space with a clever use of display and colour, photographed by Emily Jenkins Followill.

Virgin on the Rocks

I spotted this sumptuous velvet cushion in the National Gallery's shop featuring the angel detail from Leonardo da Vinci's beautiful Virgin on the Rocks painting Filled with duck feathers and made from 100% cotton velvet, the pattern has been digitally printed for an outstanding depth of colour and clarity.

Enchanted Forest Mural

Rebecca Rebouche, a native Louisianan living and working in New Orleans, creates nostalgic, emotive and whimsical art out of paint, mixed media and stitched soft sculpture; a practice best described as contemporary folk art on digitally printed paper.  Adheres using for easy removal and covers 108 square feet.  Available from Anthropologie.
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Divine Da Vinci

Have you been to the National Gallery in London yet to see the Leonardo da Vinci exhibition?  This is a once in a lifetime opportunity to enjoy the most complete display of Leonardo's work ever in an unprecedented exhibition, and the first of its kind held anywhere in the world.  It is highly unlikely that these paintings will be brought together again in this capacity, especially due to their fragility.  The exhibition ends on 5 February 2012 and all advance tickets are sold out, so if you want to have a chance of entry you need to get there early (before 8.30am) and queue.  There'll certainly be at least 200 people there before you by that time!
Gallery poster of Portrait of Cecilia Gallerani (Lady with an Ermine), ca 1490-91
Leonardo da Vinci

‘Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of Milan’ is the first to be dedicated to his aims and techniques as a painter and the exhibition focuses on the work he produced as a court painter to Duke Lodovico Sforza in Milan in the late 1480s and 1490s. Leonardo aspired to convince viewers of the reality of what they were seeing in his quest for perfect beauty. His exquisite portraits and tenderly-created studies convey a sense of awe-inspiring mystery.

If you don't get to see it then here's an exhibition playlist to catch a little of what you're missing:

Leonardo fans and admirers queueing at 8.25 on a cold, sunny, Sunday morning...

Leaving the gallery many hours later......

The recent discovery of Leonardo da Vinci's painting 'Christ as Salvador Mundi'.... 
© 2011 Salvator Mundi, LLC. Private collection
The recent restoration of this picture has revealed many of Leonardo’s characteristic working methods. The hands, which are the best preserved, were readjusted during painting. The face, more damaged, was built up with numerous fine layers of paint. Christ holds a rock crystal orb, which represents the universe. In Leonardo’s day, rock crystal (a clear quartz) was considered a miraculous material and no modern tools could shape it, let alone fashion it into a perfect geometric solid. - National Gallery website.

The exquisite beauty of Leonardo's work cannot be fully appreciated from books or photographs.  I can't describe how amazing this exhibition was.  Don't miss it!

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Eve Arnold 1912-2012

When I was at university, one of the artists I studied was iconic photographer, Eve Arnold, who died last week aged 100.  Born in America to Russian-Jewish parents in 1912, she wanted to be a dancer or a writer, but instead stumbled into the world of photography, where she was to leave her unforgettable mark.

Arnold was the first female to be admitted to the prestigious Magnum Photos Agency in 1951 and she became a full member in 1957, showing obvious skill.

Photographing people at work became a constant theme in her photography, but her photos of stars are her most well known.  Here she has captured workers gathering around one of the first television sets in New York City during the 1952 presidential elections.....

On a rally in 1961 with Malcolm X.  Arnold said, he was "a tough man who let me into his life".

Arnold travelled the world to show people, both famous and ordinary, as they are, including Queen Elizabeth II, actresses Joan Crawford and Marlene Dietrich.  She covered the making of dozens of feature films and in 1962 she moved to England with her son where she worked for the Sunday Times and began to use colour.
She is best known for her intimate images of actress Marilyn Monroe, with whom she had a close friendship. They were both relatively unknown.  She took many photos of Monroe from 1951 onwards. 

Marilyn trusted Arnold more than any other photographer and their relationship is well-documented. Arnold had a sympathetic approach toward her subjects and a protective nature of them afterwards, she was able to capture a closeness that is not easy for most others to do.

 Eve and Marilyn.....

Eve Arnold's pictures are some of the most abiding images of our time.....

She won many prestigious awards including an OBE in recognition of her services in 2003. When asked by Angelica Houston in an interview for a retrospective book of Arnold's work, if she was doing photography any more, Arnold replied: "That's over, I can't hold a camera any more."