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“Mary is a rare gifted soulful art historian with the talent of allowing one to see one’s own eternal delight through cleansing the door of perception, the invisible within, “the work of soul”.

Lionel Yang, Entrepreneur and Businessman

The School of Athens, Raphael

An embodiment of many principles embraced during the Renaissance, Raphael’s School of Athens shows the coming together of seeming opposites; of art and science, of beauty and geometry, of the concern for both earthly and heavenly matters, the embrace of assymetry with an overall sense of harmony and proportion, and the grounding for philsophical enquiry not as a thing, but as a mode of being in the world.

The World Is Speaking To Us – How Do We Reply?
A Four Week dialogue with Mary Attwood & Louise Livingstone

In Week Two of a four week dialogue, we discuss the theme of ‘Opening’. As life as we knew it changed completely during lockdown, it gave some the chance to see the world anew, to realise that there is a profound beauty in the world frequently missed by our noise and busy-ness. You can click on this link to see the whole series


An Angel Appears to Saint Joseph, 

Georges de la Tour 

How might we attend to works of art differently? In this excerpt from a longer description, we explore the visionary and dream state of Joseph; the painting’s exquisite rendering of the glow of candlelight; and the way in which images convey meaning difficult to express in words.


Venus and Mars, 


Paintings such as this were literally windows to other worlds. Placed in a room in a private patron’s house, friends and Humanists would gather for wisdom- enriched discussions and explore the power of myth and beauty to inform their actions and decisions in every day life.









Mona Lisa, Leonardo Da Vinci


Arguably the most famous painting in the world, Mona Lisa has been emblazoned on every commercial product you can think of. But have we become complacent in our looking? To the Renaissance eye, Mona Lisa was not viewed as a dead object among many in a vast museum, but as animate and alive….