Ancient. Meet Modern

Firstly. Sorry for the past week’s radio silence. Secondly. Yes, thank you for asking, I had a lovely vacation. My travels took me back to the north of England, and to Chatsworth House, the imposing stately home that was both the inspiration for Jane Austen’s Pemberley and the location for a recent film version of Pride and Prejudice. The whole area is all pots of tea and scones all round, terribly British, terribly proper. And yet. What’s that in the middle of one of Chatsworth’s extensive, manicured lawns? A Marc Quinn sculpture, you say? Of model Kate Moss doing some rather extreme yoga? My my. And over there… a Damien Hirst sculpture. Not his diamond encrusted skull, or, indeed, his decaying shark, but his 33 foot depiction of a naked, pregnant woman, entitled The Virgin Mother. Crumbs. Turns out, these provocative pieces are all a part of Beyond Limits, a selling exhibition organized by Sotheby’s (of which Chatsworth’s owner, the Duke of Devonshire, also happens to be Deputy Chairman). And it’s all entirely not what you’d expect from a fusty old stately home in the middle of England’s Peak District. More details after the jump.

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