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Kestrel, Burgher, Spout

Julian Bell: The Ghent Altarpiece, 16 April 2020

Van Eyck: An Optical Revolution 
edited by Till-Holger Borchert, Jan Dumolyn and Maximiliaan Martens.
Thames & Hudson, 490 pp., £60, February, 978 0 500 02345 7
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... Arook​ alights on the turret of a four-storey townhouse, wings braking and feet outstretched to land. The blackbird already perched there stands his ground. Two rooks on another turret watch a fifth bird swoop off to the roofs beyond, while high and far above them in the pale morning sky, a kestrel wheels over the gables and pinnacles, seeing what I cannot, the countryside beyond the half-visible town gate ...

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