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Baroque/Neoclassical Category Archives

Mrs. Delany and Her Catalogue

21 December 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Books, Museums

The College Art Association has announced the shortlist for this year’s Alfred H. Barr, Jr., Award for museum scholarship: Mark Laird and Alicia Weisberg-Roberts, eds., Mrs. Delany and Her Circle Darielle Mason, ed., Kantha: The Embroidered Quilts of Bengal from the Jill and Sheldon Bonovitz Collection and the Stella Kramrisch Collection of the Philadelphia Museum [...]


Campbell’s Books

29 November 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Renaissance

The final issue of Decorative Arts includes reviews of two recent books by the new Metropolitan Museum director Thomas Campbell. Hans Hubach considers the exhibition catalogue to Tapestry in the Baroque: Threads of Splendor: Following the great success of his Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence (2002), Thomas Campbell has once again succeeded in [...]


Obit: Angela Rosenthal

16 November 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical

Dartmouth College professor Angela Rosenthal died Thursday morning, according to her husband, fellow art historian Adrian Randolph. (The cause was cancer, writes Dartblog.) From The Dartmouth, a student newspaper: Born in Trier, Germany, Rosenthal came to the College in 1997. She was an expert on 18th and 19th century art and culture and “British art [...]


Abajo ‘Hispanic’ y ‘Baroque’

12 November 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Contemporary, Museums

At the Centre de Cultura Contemporània de Barcelona, Jorge Luis Marzo and Tere Badia have put together an exhibition and catalogue titled “THE BAROQUE (D)EF(F)ECT: Politics of the Hispanic Image,” a deconstruction of the words “Baroque” and “Hispanic” and their implication that there is a “homogeneous framework shared by Spain and Latin America”: [W]ho built [...]


In the papers

14 October 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Books, Modern, Photography, Renaissance

Recently in the papers: In the Economist, reviews of Eadweard Muybridge at the Tate, and Bronzino at the Palazzo Strossi. In the FT, Jackie Wullschlager on four books on Caravaggio (Strinati, Fried, Graham-Dixon, Schütze). At the NYRBlog, a teaser of Willibald Sauerländer’s article on Franz Xaver Messerschmidt. In the Guardian, Rosemary Hill on the pre-Raphaelites [...]


In the papers

18 September 2010 | Africa, Ancient, Baroque/Neoclassical, Contemporary, Modern, Renaissance, Theory

Recently in the papers: Kaelen Wilson Goldie on Routes d’Arabie at the Louvre (The National) On Dynasty and Divinity: Ife Art from Ancient Nigeria, previously in Santander, Madrid and London, now in Houston, and later in Indianapolis, Richmond and New York: Douglas Britt (Houston Chronicle); The Economist; Itziar Reyero (; Richard Dorment (The Telegraph); Jonathan [...]


‘The Velázquez in the Basement’

8 September 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Museums

In the Yale Alumni Magazine curator John Marciari “tells how it feels to discover a masterpiece”: I cannot say that I knew what it was at first glance, but I knew that it was worth puzzling out. In the parlance of curators and art dealers, the work was by someone; it was attributable. Not only [...]


In the papers

4 September 2010 | Ancient, Baroque/Neoclassical, Books, Modern, Museums, Photography

Recently in the papers: “Art and its mediums,” a set of links from Bookforum Alex Danchev reviews Michael Fried, The Moment of Caravaggio (THE) Jeffrey Hamburger and Anthony Grafton, “Save the Warburg Library!” (NYRB) Rebecca Solnit and Peter Conrad on Eadweard Muybridge at Tate Britain (The Guardian) Tom L. Freudenheim on German Master Drawings at [...]


In the papers

18 August 2010 | Ancient, Baroque/Neoclassical, Medieval, Modern, Museums

Press clippings: Sarah Williams Goldhagen reviews ?ur?i? and Hadjitryphonos, Architecture as Icon: Perception and Representation of Architecture in Byzantine Art in The New Republic (exhibition and catalog) “The Lost World of Old Europe: The Danube Valley 5,000-3,500 B.C.” at the Ashmolean Museum, reviewed by Neal Ascherson (LRB), and noted by Jonathan Jones (Guardian) and Paul Levy (WSJ); previously [...]


The Glorious 18th Century

5 July 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Books

There’s nothing like a holiday weekend for catching up on unread issues of The New York Review of Books. I belatedly discovered Willibald Sauerländer writing in April 8 issue: “the full richness of eighteenth-century French sculpture—as spirited as it was virtuoso—has been little noted outside its homeland.” And Ingrid Rowland in the March 11 issue, [...]


‘Willem van Haecht’

30 June 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Museums

A few weeks ago, Gary Schwartz wrote: Until 27 June a small exhibition of irresistible charm and interest is being held in the Mauritshuis in The Hague, after a run at the Rubenshuis in Antwerp: Willem van Haecht: room for art in 17th-century Antwerp … Van Haecht was the subject of a dissertation that I [...]


A Postcolonial / Anthropological Intervention

17 May 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Journals, Theory

The latest (March-June 2010) Art Bulletin just arrived here. This one comes with another “Intervention”; in this recurring feature, a number of scholars are invited to respond to a provocative essay. The author completes the exercise by responding to the respondents, and the whole thing is published across many pages. I’m curious — do people [...]


Tiepolo Pink

18 April 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Books

Roberto Calasso’s book, Tiepolo Pink (translated by Alastair McEwen for Knopf), which proposes the 23 etchings of the Scherzi di fantasia as an interpretive key, has elicited mixed reactions from a number of reviewers.


Caravaggio on top

10 March 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Renaissance

From The New York Times: By at least one amusing new metric, Michelangelo’s unofficial 500-year run at the top of the Italian art charts has ended … That’s according to an art historian at the University of Toronto, Philip Sohm. He has studied the number of writings (books, catalogs and scholarly papers) on both of [...]


‘Art History Today’ Returns

10 February 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical

After disappearing mysteriously in late 2008, the excellent blogger-art-historian David Packwood appears to have resurfaced a few months ago. In one recent post, he discusses the recent debate over two apparent Anthony Van Dycks: That – and other connoisseurship issues – may be resolved by the large Van Dyck exhibition being planned for the Prado [...]


Drawn by Rembrandt?

17 January 2010 | Baroque/Neoclassical

Gary Schwartz exposes some of the sausage-making that goes into Rembrandt attribution: In June 2009 a grand conclave of Rembrandt specialists took place at a castle in Sussex … Given the circumstances – notably that none of the more than 50 scholars in the room had at one time or other not been pilloried in [...]


‘O Solomon, where art thou?’

11 December 2009 | Baroque/Neoclassical

Gary Schwartz writes of a Jan Steen painting that was cut in pieces long ago but reunited in 1996, and is now in danger of being split up again: Following the U.S. Senate investigations into the Swiss bank holdings of Jewish account holders killed in the Holocaust, attention turned to the art collections of victims [...]


Canny Caravaggio

16 October 2009 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Books

According to Christiane Tauber, Sybille Ebert-Schifferer‘s new biography of Caravaggio successfully portrays the artist as more strategic and professional, and less scandalous and out-of-control, than previously thought.


the ‘lived experience’ of art

21 May 2009 | Baroque/Neoclassical

In, David Wilkins considers Altarpieces and Their Viewers in the Churches of Rome from Caravaggio to Guido Reni, by Pamela M. Jones: Who wouldn’t want to be an art historian? We spend our days looking at and thinking about beautiful and interesting things, confronting the past and present through works made by individuals, groups, [...]


Caravaggio in Holland

23 April 2009 | Baroque/Neoclassical, Museums

For a few years in the 1620s, Utrecht (among other places) saw the flourishing of painting in the manner of Caravaggio. The Utrecht Caravaggisti, including Hendrick Terbruggen, Gerard van Honthorst and Dirck van Baburen, who used the style for scenes of earthy Dutch tavern life, are the subject of a show organized by Jochen Sander [...]