Art History

A fine thing

The idea for the Chance event arose in August 1995 while Sylvère and I were driving around Nevada in my black Toyota pickup. We used to like to do that....

Art History

But is it tart?

The painter Paul Delaroche, confronted by the daguerreotype, declared that “From today, painting is dead”. Since then, painting’s obituary has been composed countless times. In 1921, Alexander Rodchenko produced three...

Art History

Triangular purple shape

It has long been recognized that for her ideas on painting and its relationship to writing Virginia Woolf owed much to her sister Vanessa Bell and still more to her...

Art History

Buggers and decorators

There can’t be many cultural histories that begin by yoking together Heinrich Wölfflin and Osbert Lancaster. As she explains in her introduction to this book, Jane Stevenson has taken from...

  • Baroque between the Wars

    Jane Stevenson

Art History

Ribbon around a bomb

In the summer of 1939, with the long- expected war against fascist Germany imminent, two women painters, Leonora Carrington and Leonor Fini, decided to prepare a special delicacy in the...

  • Whitney Chadwick

    THE MILITANT MUSE
    Love, war and the women of Surrealism
    256pp. Thames & Hudson. £24.95 (US $35).

Art History

Loneliness under siege

Collected letters are a form of collage. Editors work to produce a fragile coherence from the scraps of single missives, long and short; broken chains of correspondence; and acts of...

  • CARRINGTON’S LETTERS

    Dora Carrington

Art History

For art’s sake

On August 25, 1939, nine days before France declared war on Germany, the Louvre closed its doors to visitors. An army of packers arrived, some of them men and women...

  • SAVING MONA LISA

    Gerri Chanel

Art History

Mighty instrument

At the heart of Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects lies an irrepressible Italian regionalism. Vasari’s aesthetic orthodoxy is centred, as several of his earliest...

  • LEONARDO DA VINCI

    Walter Isaacson

  • THE COLLECTOR OF LIVES

    Ingrid Rowland and Noah Charney

Art History

Unbroken code

In a well-known letter seeking employment at the court of Ludovico Sforza in Milan, Leonardo da Vinci listed painting and sculpture almost as an afterthought. More important was his ability...

  • LIVING WITH LEONARDO

    Martin Kemp

Art History

Bound to earth

T  . J. Clark’s books – and by now there are a good many of them – are at once compelling and infuriating. Compelling because one has only to read...

  • Heaven on Earth

    T. J. Clark