Dark evenings and constant talk of “it’s expected to snow” call for staying in by the crackling fire, comfort food and Netflix. If you love art and simultaneously are suffering Game of Thrones withdrawl, Medici, Masters of Florence on Netflix is just for you.
Medici: Masters of Florence tells the story of the rise to power of the Medici dynasty. The drama unfolds against the beautiful back drop of Renaissance Italy, in all of it’s architectural and artistic glory.
If you are missing “Robb Stark” Richard Madden plays the lead character Cosimo De Medici. John Bradley West of “Sam Tarley” fame plays a Medici cousin. Another GoT favourite Dustin Hoffman plays “Giovanni di Bicci de’ Medici”
IMDB rates the series 8/10. Season 1 was released on the 9th of December 2016 with Season 2 promised “by the end of the year” (2017?) Check it out on Netflix here
Image Refs: Stills from the Netflix original series Medici Masters of Florence.
You may have noticed pieces of art appearing on traffic lights boxes in Dublin over the last two Summers. It is the work of an initiative called Dublin Canvas . It seeks to brighten the city by commissioning artists to transform a dull traffic light box into a public work of art. I was lucky enough last year to paint two such boxes.
“The Danger was Half the Excitement” 2016 by Sheila Flaherty located on Merrion Square – photography credit Gary Connolly
The boxes have been brightening up the city for two years now. Check out images of all the artists work so far on the Dublin Canvas website gallery.
“Art inspires the World” 2016 by Sheila Flaherty located in Harold’s Cross. Photo credit: The Harold’s Cross Xpress
The work has been getting great media coverage from both local and national newspapers
The project set to roll out again for Summer/ Autumn 2017. If you would like an artist to paint a box painted in your area, post a photo with location using hashtag #dublincanvas to the Facebook page. If you fancy painting a box yourself, get in touch with David Murtagh on the website and sign up to the news letter with all the information about getting involved. I look forward to spotting new artwork emerge over the course of the Summer and Autumn.
Art Academy run an art themed bookclub once a month on the second Wednesday of the month. We meet at 6pm – 9pm in the lovely Coppa Cafe at the front of the RHA located just off St. Stephen’s Green.
Each month we choose a different art themed book to read for the next month. It’s quite an informal get together, so don’t worry if you don’t finish (or even start) the book you are still welcome along.
Some of the books we have read so far are:
There is no charge of admission or subscription to the bookclub, it’s a fun, free, friendly art event. Each month the new book is posted on Meetup. I will link below. And (if I think of it) I will also post here on the website.
Also if you have read a great art themed novel, please let me know, always on the lookout for a new arty read.