When they saw the photograph, Mould and his colleague Bendor Grosvenor were "90% sure" it was by Van Dyck. Despite layers of dirt, it was "still possible to see that we were dealing with a painting of potentially the very highest quality", said Mould. "The sitter's expression alone tells us that this is not a portrait of a miniature adult, as one so often sees in the 17th century, but of a child. Few artists were then capable of such a subtle characterisation – and perhaps the best was Van Dyck." … [Read more...] about Van Dyck paintings unearthed by saleroom sleuth
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"Cathy was a very, very important and positive statement about the failure of the welfare state. It was a profoundly moving, almost spiritual awakening. But it set in process an enormous social change which meant the homelessness sector became emergency providers rather than social engineers. Rather than tackle the limitations of the welfare state it established an emergency industry, which provided a stopgap for homeless people but failed to tackle the root causes. We have spent billions of pounds on helping homeless people cope in an emergency but we haven't spent billions of pounds on stopping them from becoming homeless in the first place. … [Read more...] about ‘It’s probably the most influential hour and a half of television there has ever been’
The perception of Duke has changed over the years. Longtime coach Mike Krzyzewski adapted with the times and began to recruit more ‘one-and-done’ players who would spend only a few months on campus before going to the NBA, something he had long resisted. People may root against them, but the racial undertones that had once been glaring are no more. A recent ESPN Sports Poll showed that black fans now root for Duke at higher rates than the general population, which would have been unthinkable to my Antioch Saints. People may want this year’s Duke team with Zion Williamson, RJ Barrett, Cam Reddish to lose just because they are the most talented, but it’s not the same charged kind of hate. … [Read more...] about How Duke became Black America’s most hated team: the perception of white privilege
Blasts were also reported at St Sebastian's Church in Negombo, a majority Catholic town north of Colombo, and at Zion Church in the eastern town of Batticaloa - where more than 300 people are thought to have been injured. … [Read more...] about Sri Lanka bombings – what happened on Easter Sunday in 2019?
Brave faces: Once Upon A Time In Hollywood's Fred Raskin missed out on the Editing prize (L), Lawrence Sher was nominated for Joker in the Cinematography category (C), and Dan (R) unfortunately lost out on the Outstanding British Film for his work on The Two Popes … [Read more...] about BAFTAs 2020: Scarlett Johansson takes style inspiration from the 20s in a busty feathered gown as she leads the glamour at the prestigious event alongside bold Florence Pugh, elegant Saoirse Ronan and chic Renee Zellweger