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Friday, March 19, 2010

‘The past is a foreign country, they do things differently there.’


Oil on Canvas, 40 x 30cm (15 1/2 x 11 3/4in)

I’m indebted to Michelle Burnett’s Following the Masters challenge for the month of March, the subject for which is the Renaissance, for this fantasy attempt to combine Uccello’s hunting scene with part of Botticelli’s evocation of spring -- and to include a modern onlooker, the young woman in the blue-green blouse and scarlet skirt, who is unsure whether what she sees or thinks she sees is real or imaginary.

I took my title from the novelist I.P.Hartley.


  1. Wonderful, fantastic, in the real meaning of the words!

  2. I like the whimsy of this. The side glance and the expression on the present-day woman's face is so perfect. She looks a little uncomfortable and worried she is out of place.