Back in Mid-June

Posted in site information by Editor on May 28, 2010

Formal Gardens at Het Loo Palace (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

For the next two weeks, I’ll be in the Netherlands — first for the Historians of Netherlandish Art Conference in Amsterdam and then for the Attingham Study Programme for the Dutch Historic House (I’m especially grateful to the Attingham Trust and the American Friends of Attingham for a generous scholarship). Postings will resume around the middle of June. All the best for the start of a productive and relaxing summer!

-Craig Hanson

Delaroche Exhibition

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on May 28, 2010

Painting History: Delaroche and Lady Jane Grey
National Gallery, London, 24 February — 23 May 2010

Although primarily a nineteenth-century exhibition, the Delaroche show that just closed at the National Gallery offered plenty of jewels for thinking about the eighteenth century, too, especially in light of the aftermath of the French Revolution. A review of the exhibition by David Howarth can be found at Apollo Magazine:

. . . The “Execution [of Lady Jane Grey]” is the centrepiece of a beautifully crafted show, as meticulously prepared as the smooth finish of Delaroche’s vast canvases. Although a limited number of paintings are on display in the exhibition, the range extends beyond the confines of a notorious basement which has ill-served so many exhibitions. The accompanying catalogue, by Stephen Bann and Linda Whiteley, includes important new thinking on the relationship between art and the stage. . .

The full review is here»

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