Monthly Archives: February 2012

‘Love is a madness most discreet’: The Red and the Black, A Chronicle of 1830 by Stendhal

Stendhal’s dazzling, fast-paced The Red and the Black: A Chronicle of 1830 is one of my all-time favourite novels. It’s written with an urgency that’s still palpable, almost 200 years on. The Red and the Black was published in France … Continue reading

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Mathematics, art and God: The divine proportion of Luca Pacioli with drawings by Leonardo da Vinci

The mysterious powers of mathematics and its application to art were favourite subjects in the court of Milan when Luca Pacioli and Leonardo da Vinci were there in the late 1490s – and they were the subject of Luca Pacioli’s … Continue reading

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The exquisite agony of lost love: Persuasion by Jane Austen

I’m not sure when Persuasion became my favourite Jane Austen novel, but I’m pretty sure it was before Ciarán Hinds smouldered as Captain Wentworth in the 1995 film version. There is nothing in literature quite like the exquisite pleasure of … Continue reading

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