My Favourite painting series, from Country Life
'A puzzle. But feel the air, breathe it.'
'It was a painting I knew well from photographs and books, but nothing prepared me for the power of seeing it in front of me.'
'I was intrigued by the desolation of the two figures. What was their relationship?'
'Lesson Number One: it’s the pictures that baffle and tantalise you that stay in the mind forever .'
'One last reason I love this painting: at Today, we’re all starved of sleep. This painting feels like sleep .'
'For me, this is one of the great paintings of London – even if it doesn’t look directly at the city.'
'John Singer Sargent’s magical depiction of a garden at dusk is evocative of an early-summer evening.'
'I asked him to create a simple, uncomplicated image depicting God’s unconditional love and mercy offered to all'
'Giles championed the ordinary, which proved an inexhaustible source of inspiration'
'...one thing was very obvious: here was an image of smouldering erotic power, the more so because it was so baffling.'
'When I gaze into the tiny painting, I’m magically transported to a luscious terrace garden in Italy.'
'The Bayeux Tapestry is the mother of all strip cartoons'
'Knowing the work was one of Rembrandt’s last makes it yet more potent and uplifting.'
'I love and am inspired by this powerful portrait of my remarkable grandfather'
'I admire the adventure, the sense of companionship and the purpose of dogs'
'This highly decorative, impactful piece provides a window into a secretive world'
'The image piqued my curiosity through its sense of mystery and expectation'
'I can never pass it without stopping to marvel'
'I am fascinated by the drama clearly visible on the subjects’ faces and intrigued by the events that led to the painting of this scene'
'Vividly coloured sailing boats in a harbour, which I gazed at for hours'