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13 MARCH 2013

Chinoiserie at Lincolnshire's Belton House

"Hand painted C18th Chinese wallpaper at Belton in the Chinese Bedroom with a continuous scene of a garden party. Cornice, dado and other joinery painted to imitate bamboo."

(National Trust, UK)




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Simon Perkins
02 OCTOBER 2011

Mise-en-scene, Montage, and the Unique Language of Film

"Mise–en–scène refers to the visual design of a film. A narrative film's visual elements can include lighting, set décor, costume design, props, blocking, spatial relationships, scene composition – Mise–en–scène is how these visual elements work together to tell the story. Every visual element designed for narrative film is considered mise–en–scène. Even non–narrative films, such as documentaries, can be said to have a certain degree of mise–en–scène. This arrangement and design expresses aspects of the characters, themes, and story that are necessarily in dialogue."

(Michael McVey,

Fig.1 James McTeigue (2006). "V for Vendetta"



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Simon Perkins
08 APRIL 2011

The Aesthetic Movement: Art for Arts Sake

Exhibition: The Cult of Beauty: The Aesthetic Movement is at the Victoria & Albert Museum, London SW7 from 2 April to 17 July 2011.

"The movement started in a small way in the 1860s in the studios and houses of a radical group of artists and designers, including William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti. These were angry young reformers who explored new ways of living in defiance of the horrendous design standards of the age as revealed in the 1851 Great Exhibition.

Over the next two decades aestheticism burgeoned, drawing in architects and craftworkers, poets, critics and philosophers to create a movement dedicated to pure beauty. The aesthetic movement stood in stark and sometimes shocking contrast to the crass materialism of Britain in the 19th century. "Art for art's sake" was its battle cry, a slogan that originated with the French poet Théophile Gautier."

(Fiona MacCarthy, 26 March 2011, The Guardian)










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Simon Perkins

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