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The Trophy on “Augustus of Prima Porta”

19 April 2018

“Augustus of Prima Porta,” side view. Early 1st century CE, perhaps a copy of a bronze statue of c. 20 BCE. Marble, height 6′ 8″ (2.03 m). Musei Vatican Yesterday...

Making Damage an Advantage

5 March 2018

Marcel Duchamp, “The Bride Stripped Bare by Her Bachelors, Even (The Large Glass),” 1915-1923. Oil, varnish, lead foil, lead wire, and dust on two glass panels, 9 feet 1...

Observing Flowers: Van Eyck and the Pre-Raphaelites

28 February 2018

Jan Van Eyck, “Arnolfini Portrait, 1434. Oil on panel, 2′ 8″ x 2′ 0″. National Gallery of Art (London) I am really sad that I am unable to see the exhibition Reflections:...

Stags and Elk in “Adam and Eve” scenes

22 January 2018

Lucas Cranach the Elder (1472-1553), Adam and Eve, 1526. The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London I have been combing through dozens of paintings of Adam and Eve...