Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Garland's marvellous Mrs Thatcher cover illustration for The Spectator

Rembrandt, Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer


  1. The State Personified in benediction of its 'daughter.'Art history is full of such symbolism from Ancient Rome through to Napoleonic times and after.In Thatcher's case its totally justified.

    1. Agreed (about it being justified, I mean). It poignantly underlines her historical importance compared to the ephemeral nonentities that preceded and succeeded her. I knew it was based on an existing painting - and by enlarging the image, managed to make out that it was Rembrandt's "Aristotle Contemplating the Bust of Homer", 1659, which I've now added to the post.