Palazzo Massimo

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A three minute walk from the main Rome train station is part of the national museum’s collection, the Palazzo Massimo.

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If you’d said to me before would I want to spend a morning looking at Roman art, I’d probably have said no (too many memories of the British Museum’s overcrowded and ill-displayed galleries), but as with so many things, a look at Simon Martin’s Instagram page put me onto it.

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And I’m so glad we went – it was a whistle stop tour of the best part of a thousand years of power and art, and by the end the medieval age had definitely begun.

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All pics December 2018. From the archives this time last year: the Rodin museum.

Collection

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Shanghai bicycles photographed by @clarenced from her recent trip to China; the Jonathan Anderson bag for Loewe and a Delft platter on sale from Fisher London. Shapes, loops and dark tones for what is often an unexpectedly-cold stage of the year.

Elizabeth, jewelled

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Close ups of this beautiful 1560s portrait of Elizabeth I.

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The overall face is idealised, but what’s interesting is that these close ups look pretty realistic when compared with portraits of Elizabeth’s grandfather Henry VII.

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Under an equal sky

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“Under an equal sky” by Philip Baldwin and Monica Guggisberg, in Canterbury Cathedral. A good reminder that I want to see more of Kent this year. Photo by the excellent @georgianlondon, who seems to love the Spitalfields area as much as I do.

A tough life needs a tough language

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I’ve never previously wanted to read Jeanette Winterson, which just shows how easy it is to get a wrong impression of an author from public dialogue. (Dickens is a prime example of an author I loved as soon as I actually read him.) This extract is funnier and blunter than I’d have expected and now I’m curious to read her memoir “Why be happy when you could be normal?”