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Towering triumph: on the scholarly resurrection of Joseph de Levis

The Renaissance bronze-founder has been brought back to life by scholarly research It is not often that the study of Renaissance bronzes can be described as intrepid. That, however, is exactly the word that comes to mind as one reads this pioneering and magisterial study by Charles Avery. Consider, for example, his account of the difficulties encountered by anyone wishing to look closely at the bells cast by Joseph de Levis (1552-1611/14) and his family firm in late 16th- and early 17th-century...

Your mind is not a computer: on Ian Cheng at MoMA PS1

The artist has a techno-determinist view of human development Computers can’t think; they do not reason on their own. Your mind is not a computer and your computer is not a mind. Engineers of ubiquitous computing platforms are determined to convince us otherwise. For many of them, artificial general intelligence—the point at which computers will exceed the intellectual capacity of humans—is just around the corner. A cadre of techno-philic artists follow closely on their heels. But their claims have...

A panoply of plastic poses: on Emma Hamilton

A new book explores her extraordinary personal and social transformations No life perhaps better exemplifies the potential for an attractive woman in the 18th century, but also the perils sure to stalk her, than that of Emma Hamilton (1765-1815). In her successive incarnations as Amy Lyon, Emma Hart, Lady Hamilton and, finally, mother to Admiral Nelson’s daughter Horatia, she embodied social mobility of the most rapid upward sort, but the downward curve that followed was no less steep and spectacular...

The Donald Trump style of art history

The greatest works of Western art vindicate the US president’s ideas of democracy, according to his senior director for strategic assessments Amid the ceaseless, cascading grotesquerie of the 2016 US presidential election, the strange story of Victoria Gardner Coates was easy to miss. Having earned a PhD in art history from the University of Pennsylvania, Coates achieved minor notoriety as a conservative political blogger. This activity brought her to the attention of Donald Rumsfeld, the then defence...

Vermeer and the masters of genre painting

The Dutch painter and his contemporaries could not resist the temptation to improve one another's compositions This month, the National Gallery of Ireland in Dublin fully re-opens after a six-year refurbishment during which most of its galleries were closed. As part of the celebration, the museum will host Vermeer and the Masters of Genre Painting (17 June-17 September), which closed at the Louvre in Paris in May. The show looks at the mutual influences between Vermeer and artists like Frans van...

Did he influence Dürer or Dürer him? On Jacopo de’ Barbari

As an artist, Jacopo de’ Barbari became almost invisible In his 1547 manuscript account of the “most important artists and craftsmen” who had worked in Nuremberg over the previous hundred years, Johann Neudörffer briefly mentioned one “Jacob, Walch genannt, Maler”. He knew little about him: he had only seen two of his pictures, one of which he had forgotten about, the other a portrait; Hans von Kulmbach had been his pupil. A fuller picture only emerged in the 19th and 20th centuries as scholars...

Instrumental versus ideal art

Art for art’s sake, or for the sake of socioeconomic benefits? Two writers reach very different conclusions Darren Henley is the chief executive of Arts Council England, and The Arts Dividend: Why Investment in Culture Pays is intended as a manifesto for his tenure—his “personal reflections on England’s arts and cultural landscape”. A pious intonation of the well-worn mantras of the arts establishment, it argues that the arts are good for the economy; they make us happy, well-adjusted citizens;...

A proposal on attribution: Jonathan Brown on Velázquez portraits at the Metropolitan

The art historian suggests that Velázquez's former slave may have painted two works in the show Velázquez Portraits: Truth in Painting at the Metropolitan Museum of Art is a small show that packs a big punch. It is the antithesis of a blockbuster, and like others of its kind, is an effective antidote to museum fatigue. More is demanded than a stroll through the galleries—namely the studied engagement with a small number of works per visit. The organiser is Met curator Stephan Wolohojian, who has...

Three views on the radicalism of the Russian avant-garde—and its suppression

We asked three experts to speak on the radicalism of the revolution—and how it fell apart. For more coverage on the 100th anniversary of the Russian Revolution, see our article on the history of Constructivism and our run down of the top shows worldwide dedicated to the Russian avant-garde . Painters and poets collaborate The early futurist book Worldbackwards [1912] is emblematic of the shake-up that many artists were agitating for in the art world. It was conceived to completely undercut the...

Building anew: how Constructivism sought to remake the world

In the centenary year of the Bolshevik Revolution, exhibitions survey the art of the Russian avant-garde and put its radicalism in context Next month marks 100 years since the abdication of the last Russian czar. Within months, Lenin and the Bolsheviks had seized power, shaking the world. In the wake of the takeover, the Russian avant-garde developed new forms of Modernism, which are the subjects of three major exhibitions in New York and London . Here, we take a look at the history of Russian...

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