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On the road to perdition

George Pattison sees signs of hope in the distance

FROM an early stage, the painters of the northern Renaissance showed a distinctive fascination for the gro­tesque, almost revelling in depicting ugly, weird, or contorted bodies, both human and supernatural. Sometimes, this results in an art that seems to be almost without mercy, and even positively cruel.

So, here, in Bruegel’s painting of the Parable of the Blind, we are shown a troop of half-a-dozen blind men journeying through the Flemish countryside, possibly a familiar ...

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Finding a way, with words

Finding a way, with words

The writer Anne Lamott appears for the first time at the Greenbelt Festival next week. Her confessional books interweave faith, literature, pain, and humour. She talks to Jo Browning Wroe  Subscribe to read more

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A radical and necessary move for democracy

On the anniversary of the Chartists' attending church, Steve Parish examines their demands, and asks what has changed  Subscribe to read more

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