My name is Victoria Mier, and I am an art historian; my PhD was on German sculpture c.1500, and I specialise in the art of Northern Europe in the Renaissance, with a particular interest in the art of Germany.
I have called my site Fioritur in honour of the late, great art historian, Michael Baxandall. If you want to find out more, read his book The Limewood Sculptors of Renaissance Germany. Even if you don’t want to find out more, read this book – it’s deeply flawed, but it’s also deeply marvellous. The best things in life are flawed.
I also own and run a second-hand bookshop in Kenilworth, Warwickshire – the Tree House Bookshop, which aims to bring people together through the arts. My looking at art is intertwined with a love of reading: I love novels best of all, but books about art, of course, and literary writings about the natural world (especially trees – I *love* trees) are essential to me.
I am an academic art historian, but want to explore the connections between great works of art and our subjective lives. There are enough people out there thinking and writing about historical authenticity and the intricacies of footnotes and all that palaver. Invaluable stuff – and such people provide the roots of my own thinking – but I want to think less academically and more personally. Art needs to be accessible, not always couched in professional jargon or subjected to the latest academic methodology.
Life is about connections, as John Donne, greatest alchemist of the English language, once said, in his beautiful, perfect way.