Exhibition of the week
A gory Halloween historical past lesson that features relics of the beheaded Charles I, in addition to 18th-century death-cell portraits and an axe or two.
Museum of London Docklands, till 16 April
This extremely profitable Nineteenth-century artist grew to become celebrated for portray meticulous portraits though she was born with out arms or legs.
Philip Mould & Firm, London, 1 November to 21 December
Lindsey Mendick and Edmund de Waal are among the many subversive ceramicists on this artful have a look at modern artwork.
Hayward Gallery, London, till 8 January
Oil drilling and uncommon flowers function on this meditation on the historical past of Kurdistan.
Baltic, Gateshead, till 30 April
Taylor Wessing prize
See the most recent in photographic portraiture in a present muted by pandemic recollections.
Pavilion Gallery, Cromwell Place, London, till 18 December
Picture of the week
Britain’s inventive psyche is unusual and tortured, in keeping with The Horror Present! The survey, on present at London’s Somerset Home, covers visible artwork, music, TV, movie and popular culture because it explores obsession with all issues sinister.
What we discovered
Masterpiece of the week
Lady Threading a Needle by Candlelight by Godfried Schalcken, late 1670s
This portray appears innocuous sufficient. A younger lady works at evening, giving Schalcken a possibility to do what he beloved: linger on the golden results of candlelight. This Dutch artist of the late 1600s labored in a practice of dramatic lighting and shadow began by Caravaggio about 70 years earlier. In Schalcken’s work the Caravaggesque is softened: what may as soon as have been a penitent Magdalene with a cranium turns into, right here, a peaceable home scene. Or does it? The gothic author Sheridan le Fanu proposed one other interpretation of Schalcken’s evening scenes. His story Schalcken the Painter tells how this artist, as a younger pupil of Gerrit Dou, noticed his grasp’s daughter get a proposal of marriage from a dead-eyed, grey-faced stranger. The terrifying penalties are dramatised in a basic BBC adaptation that’s a real Halloween deal with – see it and also you’ll at all times shudder in entrance of this artist’s chiaroscuro scenes.
Wallace Assortment, London
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