I was awarded the RSA John Kinross Scholarship 2013.
The John Kinross Memorial Fund was established in 1982 by Mr J.B Kinross CBE, HRSA, in memory of his father, Mr John Kinross, RSA, architect (1855-1931) to assist young artists and architects from the established centres in Scotland, within the departments of Architecture and Fine Art, to spend a period of time in Florence.
I spent a month in Florence over summer which was a valuable period of autonomous research into Italian art history and reflection on my own practice. This was an opportunity to see in actuality works from art history which I most admire, such as the frescos of Piero della Francesca. Visits to the Uffizi and Pitti Palace has also informed my research for this semester which focused on the Wunderkammer.
This opportunity has introduced me to other RSA scholars, staff and members. The final part is that in January 2014, the RSA will select a piece of artwork produced after the research trip for inclusion in their collection.
I saw this picture in Sansepolcro today. It’s got some trivia attached to it:
1. Aldous Huxley said it was the best painting in the world …. (maybe it is!);
2. It was apparently saved from destruction in WW2 by ‘a gay, art loving’ British officer who refused to send in the artillery having read what Huxley said about it;
3. The guy holding the spear doesn’t have any legs … or does he?
4. The sleeping guy in the brown body armour is a self portrait of Piero
Personal highlights from visiting the Uffizi today:
I paid €2, with an art student discount, to get into the basilica of San Francesco, Arezzo, to see this today: