Exhibition Chippendale: The Man and the Brand

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on July 23, 2018

Chippendale firm, Medal Cabinet at Nostell.

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Now on view at Nostell in West, in conjunction with the Chippendale 300 partnership:

Chippendale: The Man and the Brand
Nostell, Wakefield, West Yorkshire, 2 May — 28 October 2018

Nostell is home to a world-class collection of over 100 items supplied by Chippendale and a unique archive of letters, providing an insight into the man behind the famous brand. Visit this new exhibition to discover how a humble cabinet-maker from Otley made a name that has lasted nearly 300 years.

Chippendale is celebrated today by many as the ‘Shakespeare of furniture’; however, he died in relative obscurity. Chippendale: The Man and the Brand tells the story of the 18th-century designer, furniture-maker, and entrepreneur, setting the scene for visitors explore the elaborate showrooms he helped create on Nostell’s first floor.

Born into a Yorkshire family of carpenters and joiners, Thomas Chippendale’s entrepreneurial spirit and talent led him to build a business in London’s St Martins Lane, supplying the 18th-century elite with the most fashionable domestic items. Chippendale’s brand was launched by the publication of The Gentleman and Cabinet-Maker’s Director in 1754, the most luxurious and comprehensive book of furniture designs yet created, covering the full range of objects that an aspiring house owner would want and in all of the on-trend styles of the day. Chippendale had cleverly seen a gap in the market and this must-have catalogue of designs proved a valuable marketing tool to build his business.

Chippendale didn’t just provide high-end design pieces for 18th-century showrooms, his firm also supplied less glamorous items to help with the running of the house. Visitors can explore the full range of products and services supplied for Nostell, from classic Chippendale chairs and elaborate cabinets to a mangle for the domestic quarters as well as dying old fabrics and fixing jammed doors.

Providing a full fit-out service to prestigious clients required a team of skilled employees and a wide range of specialist tools. In the exhibition, you’ll see a selection of 18th-century joiner’s tools from a spokeshave and mortice guage to a veneer hammer and cock bead plane, which were supplied by Christopher Gabriel & Sons, a leading London dealer. A selection of the letters, invoices, and drawings—normally looked after by the West Yorkshire Archives—will also be on display, allowing visitors to discover the challenging relationship Chippendale had with his client, Rowland Winn, including arguments over faulty goods and late payments.


Exhibition | Celebrating 300 Years of Thomas Chippendale

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on July 23, 2018

From the Chippendale 300 website:

Celebrating 300 Years of Thomas Chippendale
Nostell, Wakefield, 13 July — 28 October 2018
The Hepworth Wakefield, until 25 February 2019

To celebrate the 300th anniversary of the birth of Thomas Chippendale, the Hepworth Wakefield in West Yorkshire is working with one of the finest treasure houses in the North of England: Nostell, a National Trust house with over 100 pieces of Chippendale furniture. The role of artists in influencing interiors will be explored through key loans from both collections and special commissions by contemporary artists. Visitors will see modern and contemporary artworks in Nostell’s historic rooms and the most fashionable furniture of the 18th century within the 21st-century gallery spaces of The Hepworth Wakefield. Contemporary responses will be on display at Nostell until 28th October and at The Hepworth Wakefield until 25th February 2019.

Exhibition | From Tiepolo to Canaletto and Guardi

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on July 22, 2018

Giambattista Tiepolo, The Death of Dido, detail, 1729
(Moscow: The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts)

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Now on view at The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts:

From Tiepolo to Canaletto and Guardi
The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow, 24 July — 14 October 2018
Palazzo Chiericati and Palazzo Leoni Montanari, Vicenza, 23 November 2018 — 10 March 2019 

Curated by Victoria Markova and Giovanni Villa

With the exhibition From Tiepolo to Canaletto and Guardi, the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts proudly presents paintings by eighteenth-century Venetian masters from the collections of the Museo Civico di Palazzo Chiericati in Vicenza (23 pieces), the Intesa Sanpaolo Collection – Gallerie d’Italia, Palazzo Leoni Montanari in Vicenza (9 pieces), and The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow (25 pieces). These works of art are shown for the first time together in one space, enabling visitors to see for themselves the full range of Venetian rococo paintings. Artworks on display are by outstanding Italian painters such as Giambattista Tiepolo, Giovanni Battista Pittoni, Luca Carlevarijs, Giovanni Battista Piazzetta, Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto), Francesco Guardi, and Pietro Longhi.

Curators: Victoria E. Markova, Chief Researcher of the Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, Custodian of Italian paintings; Giovanni C. F. Villa, Director Emeritus of Vicenza’s civic museums.

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Note (added 13 January 2019)— The posting was updated to include Vicenza as a venue; more information is available here. There, the exhibition is entitled The Triumph of Color: From Tiepolo to Canaletto and Guardi.

Exhibition | Prints of Darkness: Goya and Hogarth

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on July 21, 2018

Left: Francisco José  de Goya y Lucientes, Bobalicón (Silly Idiot), detail, 1864 (Manchester Art Gallery). Right: William Hogarth, The Enraged Musician, detail, 1741 (The Whitworth, The University of Manchester).

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Now on view at The Whitworth:

Prints of Darkness: Goya and Hogarth in a Time of European Turmoil
The Whitworth, The University of Manchester, 7 July 2018 — August 2019

Curated by Gillian Forrester

Francisco José de Goya y Lucientes (1746–1828) and William Hogarth (1697–1764) were the most remarkable artists of their times. Both were extremely successful portrait and history painters, but arguably their most compelling works were the uncommissioned prints they made with dazzling technical virtuosity, using line-engraving (Hogarth) and a combination of etching and aquatint (Goya). Whilst the artists were not working contemporaneously—Hogarth was fifty years old when Goya was born and died twenty years later—and never met, Goya was almost certainly familiar with Hogarth’s prints, and there are strong affinities between their works. Hogarth and Goya were both outsiders who cast their candid gazes on their dysfunctional societies. Poverty, homelessness, warfare, violence, cruelty, sexual abuse and human trafficking, social inequity, political corruption, racism, superstition, hypocrisy, rampant materialism, nationalism, mental illness, and alcoholism: all were subjected to their forensic scrutiny and no topic was off-limits. Simultaneously attractive and repellent, these challenging prints provoke a spectrum of responses, including shock, discomfort, laughter, and empathy, raising profound questions about the ethics of representation and viewing. The scenarios that they unflinchingly depicted are troublingly familiar to the contemporary viewer, eliciting an embarrassed contemplation of their own society, and themselves.

This exhibition features 100 prints by Goya and Hogarth, selected from the stellar collections at the Whitworth and Manchester Art Gallery. Although both artists are celebrated and represented in museum collections throughout the world, this is the first exhibition to consider Hogarth and Goya in tandem, providing an opportunity to compare their extraordinary graphic work. The exhibition will feature 50 prints by Hogarth, all drawn from the Whitworth’s collection. Bookended by the South Sea Bubble and his final print, the Bathos, which he published the year he died, the selection includes the serial works—The Rake’s Progress, Marriage a-la Mode, the Times of the Day, and the Four Stages of Cruelty—as well as single prints, including his emblems of British national identity, O The Roast Beef of Old England (Calais Gate) and the Enraged Musician. A fine impression of the engraving of Hogarth’s self-portrait with his pug, Trump, has been lent by Andrew Edmunds. Drinking culture was a pervasive theme in Hogarth’s work, and Gin Lane, Beer Street, and A Midnight Modern Conversation will be included, accompanied by a Hogarth-themed punchbowl made in Liverpool in 1748. The exhibition will feature 50 prints by Goya, including impressions from all the four series, as well as two etchings made early in his career in 1778, Margaret of Austria and Moenippus Menipo Filosofo.

The exhibition is timely, as it takes place during the troubled run-up to Britain’s exit from the European Union, scheduled for 29 March 2019, and the accompanying fractious debates currently taking place in Europe and elsewhere regarding national identity. Hogarth and Goya both lived through extended periods of warfare with France, and Hogarth claimed to hate the French, although he was a frequent visitor to Paris and hired French engravers for his print series Marriage a-la Mode. Angry, troubled, and ambivalent, Hogarth seems to embody the tortured mind-set of Britain on the eve of Brexit.

The exhibition is organized by Gillian Forrester, Senior Curator of Historic Fine Art at the Whitworth.

The Burlington Magazine, July 2018

Posted in books, exhibitions, journal articles, obituaries, reviews by Editor on July 21, 2018

The eighteenth century in The Burlington:

The Burlington Magazine 160 (July 2018)


• Michael Hall, “At the Royal Academy of Arts,” p. 535. This is the Royal Academy’s year. The venerable London institution has celebrated its 250th anniversary by unveiling a redevelopment that has added seventy per cent more public space, staging a Summer Exhibition that has garnered five-star reviews, mounting an exhibition, The Great Spectacle, which traces the history of the annual exhibition since its inception in 1768, and publishing a monumental multi-author history of itself and its collections. . . .


• Dorothea Diemer and Linda Hinners, “‘Gerhardt Meyer Made Me in Stockholm’: A Bronze ‘Bathing Woman’ after Giambologna,” pp. 545–53. Spurred by rivalry with French founders working for the Swedish Crown, in 1697 Gerhardt Meyer the Elder cast a bronze figure of a nude woman after a marble by Giambologna that had been in Sweden since 1632. It is inscribed ‘Me fecit Gerhardt Meyer Holmiae’.


• Laurel O. Peterson, Review of the exhibition Visitors to Versailles, 1682–1789 (Château de Versailles, 2017–18; The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2018), pp. 582–84.
• Louis Cellauro and Gilbert Richaud, Review of the exhibition Jacques-François Blondel: An Enlightenment Architect in Metz (The Arsenal, Metz, 2018), pp. 584–86.
• Paul Taylor, Review of Susanna Berger, The Art of Philosophy: Visual Thinking in Europe from the Late Renaissance to the Early Enlightenment (Princeton University Press, 2017), pp. 606–07.
• Gauvin Alexander Bailey, Review of the exhibition catalogue, Ilona Katzew, ed., Painted in Mexico / Pintado en México, 1700–1790: Pinxit Mexici (Prestel, 2017), pp. 607–08.
• Sophie Littlewood, Review of Donald J. La Rocca, How to Read European Armor (Metropolitan Museum of Art and Yale University Press, 2017), p. 613.


• Andrew Wilton, Obituary of Malcolm Cormack (1935–2018), p. 617. When the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, opened in 1977, Malcolm Cormack was its first Curator of Paintings. At Yale, and subsequently at the Virginia Museum of Fine Arts, he staged influential exhibitions on subjects ranging from William Blake to the Camden Town Group.


New Book | St Paul’s outside the Walls

Posted in books by Editor on July 20, 2018

From Cambridge UP:

Nicola Camerlenghi, St Paul’s outside the Walls: A Roman Basilica, from Antiquity to the Modern Era (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2018), 350 pages, ISBN: 9781108429511, $125.

This volume examines one of Rome’s most influential churches: the principal basilica dedicated to St Paul. Nicola Camerlenghi traces nearly two thousand years of physical transformations to the church, from before its construction in the fourth century, to its reconstruction following a fire in 1823. By recounting this long history, he restores the building to its rightful place as a central, active participant in epochal political and religious shifts in Rome and across Christendom, as well as a protagonist in western art and architectural history. Camerlenghi also examines how buildings in general trigger memories and anchor meaning, and how and why buildings endure, evolve and remain relevant in cultural contexts far removed from the moment of their inception. At its core, Saint Paul exemplifies the concept of building as process, not product: a process deeply interlinked with religion, institutions, history, cultural memory and the arts. This study also includes state-of-the-art digital reconstructions synthesizing a wealth of historical evidence to visualize and analyze the earlier (now lost) stages of the building’s history, offering glimpses into heretofore unexamined parts of its long, rich life.

Nicola Camerlenghi is Assistant Professor of Art History at Dartmouth College, New Hampshire. A native of Italy and Switzerland, he has been a fellow at the Bibliotheca Hertziana and the Swiss Institute in Rome. His collaborative projects in the Digital Humanities have been awarded grants from the Kress Foundation.


1  Paul’s Place in Rome: Tomb, Trophy, and the Basilica of the Constantinian Dynasty, ca. 67–386
2  The Basilica of the Theodosian Dynasty, 386–410
3  The Early Transformations, 410–700
4  A Fortress of Faith during the Heart of the Middle Ages, 700–1050
5  The Advent, Apogee, and End of St Paul’s Golden Age, 1050–1423
6  Rebirth and Modernization, 1423–1655
7  Restoring and Reconstructing St Paul’s during the Long Eighteenth Century, 1655–1823
Epilogue: The Basilica Is Dead, Long Live the Basilica!

Appendix A  Reconciling the Evidence and Making the Model
Appendix B  Carolingian-era Patronage

Exhibition | Herculaneum and Pompeii: Visions of a Discovery

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on July 19, 2018

Exhibition formerly in Chiasso, now on view at the National Archaeological Museum in Naples (MANN):

Herculaneum and Pompeii: Visions of a Discovery
m.a.x. Museum, Chiasso, Switzerland, 25 February — 6 May 2018

Museo Archeologico Nazionale di Napoli, 28 June — 30 September 2018

Curated by Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, Maria Rosaria Esposito, and Nicoletta Ossanna Cavadini

The 280th anniversary of the discovery of Herculaneum and the 270th anniversary of that of Pompeii are here celebrated with a completely original approach, by exploring the media and the methods with which the discoveries of the two sites were communicated through the visionary expressions of those who immediately intuited the implications of the discoveries and sought to promote the progress of the excavations and research into them. From the late eighteenth century to the early twentieth, from Goethe to Stendhal, William Gell, Giovanni Battista and Francesco Piranesi, and many drafters, engravers, and lovers of antiquity down to the Alinari brothers, this is an account of the passion for the excavations and precious archaeological finds and the desire to make known the discoveries through letters, hand-coloured sketchbooks, engravings, lithographs, drawings, reliefs, copperplates and gouaches, the first postcards, and daguerreotype photographs.

Pietro Giovanni Guzzo, et al., Ercolano e Pompei: Visioni di una scoperta / Herculaneum and Pompeii: Visions of a Discovery (Milan: Skira, 2018), 392 pages, ISBN: 978-8857238630 (Italian-English text), €38 / $68.

Exhibition | Montepulciano and the Eternal City

Posted in books, catalogues, exhibitions by Editor on July 18, 2018

Now on view in Montepulciano:

Montepulciano and the Eternal City: Landscapes and Views from the Aesthetics of the Grand Tour to the Mid-Twentieth Century
Museo Civico – Pinacoteca Crociani di Montepulciano, 15 June — 7 October 2018

Curated by Roberto Longi

The exhibition, on view in the Crociani Civic Museum and Picture Gallery of Montepulciano from July 14th to October 7th, compares Rome and the Roman countryside with Montepulciano and its rural outskirts, through more than one hundred oil paintings, drawings, watercolours, and engravings by artists such as Labruzzi, Pacetti, Sartorio, Petrassi, Ranieri Rossi, and Ettore Roesler Franz. Of particular interest are works depicting the views of Rome and the Montepulciano countryside by foreign artists who saw the Grand Tour as a paradigm shift—the Spanish Juan Gimenez Martin, the English Samuel Prout, the Bavarian Karl Lindemann-Frommel, and the Swiss watercolourist Salomon Corrodi, who painted several views for Tsar Nicholas I and Queen Victoria.

In addition to the paintings, the exhibition includes a selection of materials which, carried by a servant, accompanied tourists on their long journeys, providing records of a time and a lifestyle: a travel writing desk, portable inkwells, medicine chests—essential in times of malaria—and tools used to prepare snacks for the journey. The noble traveller had to be perfect on all occasions; hence an iron for ties, a jewelry box, and a fragrance holder, as well as a scale for weighing coins and a travel chessboard to enliven any boring evenings at inns. A walking stick could serve as a good defense weapon or preserve a secret reserve of fine liqueur. The final section of the exhibition presents the working tools of the travelling artists: oil colours and watercolours boxes, palettes and materials for graphic techniques, travel sketchbooks, and folders. The exhibition relies on two important Roman collections and several private collections from Montepulciano.

Roberto Longi, Montepulciano e la Città Eterna: Paesaggi e vedute dall’estetica del Grand Tour alla metà del XX secolo (Rome: C&P Adver Effigi, 2018), 160 pages, ISBN: 978-8864339054, $43.

New Book | Giacomo Raffaelli (1753–1836)

Posted in books by Editor on July 18, 2018

From ArtBooks.com:

Anna Maria Massinelli, ed., with contributions by Massimo Alfieri, Laura Bianchini, and Ekaterina Yakovleva, Giacomo Raffaelli (1753–1836): Maestro di stile e di mosaico (Florence: Aska, 2018), 376 pages, ISBN: 978-8875422943, €110 / $150.

È un’opera monografica dedicata a un mosaicista romano: Giacomo Raffaelli, erede di una tradizione familiare nella produzione di paste vitree risalente alla metà del XVII secolo. Negli ultimi tre decenni del Settecento il suo studio in San Sebastianello, angolo Piazza di Spagna a Roma, divenne una meta obbligata per i sofisticati tourists d’Oltralpe e per la nobiltà europea che non mancava di acquistare placche, tavoli o gioielli ideati dal caposcuola del mosaico minuto romano. La fama raggiunta gli procurò riconoscimenti prestigiosi e nel 1804, su incarico del governo napoleonico, fondò una scuola di mosaico a Milano. Qui si trattenne fino al 1820 portando a compimento uno dei capolavori nel genere del mosaico minuto: la replica a grandezza naturale dell’ ‘Ultima cena’ di Leonardo da Vinci (Vienna, Minoritenkirche). I testi, corredati da ampi apparati documentari e iconografici esaminano l’intera produzione, a oggi nota. La vasta selezione di immagini a colori illustra mosaici e opere lapidee appartenenti a musei e collezioni private in Europa e negli Stati Uniti.

Exhibition | Precious Instruments, Distinguished Figures

Posted in exhibitions by Editor on July 17, 2018

Antonio Berti, Psaltery made for Maria Teresa Strozzi (1682–1748).

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Now on view at the Palace Venaria, near Turin:

Precious Instruments, Distinguished Figures: Music and Luthiery between the 17th and 20th Centuries in Europe
Venaria Reale, Torino, 31 May — 30 September 2018

Curated by Giovanni Accornero

The exhibition illustrates and compares four centuries of luthiery and collections, music and musicians, nobility and patronage.

Violins, violas, cellos, 5-course guitars, mandolins, lyre-guitar and psalteries made by master luthiers who were recognized and appreciated worldwide: Stradivari, Guarneri ‘del Gesù’, Amati, Guadagnini, Vinaccia, Fabricatore, Berti and Battaglia, Nadermann, Torres e Hauser—these were the fundamental Italian and European luthiers, an artistic craft that is inextricably connected the world over to the culture of ‘music making’. Precious musical instruments that on this ambitious stage move beyond craftsmanship to become genuine works of art.

It is a stimulating display that outlines a socio-cultural and artistic framework through a historical overview of around thirty musical instruments, most of which are exhibited for the first time since they are part of private collections. The instruments once belonged to famous figures: from exceptional musicians like Gaetano Pugnani, Niccolò Paganini, Charles Dancla, Yehudy Menuhin, Mauro Giuliani, Ramon Montoya, Andrés Segovia, Ida Presti, to major historical figures like the Emperor Leopold I of Habsburg, the Empress Maria Theresa of Naples and Sicily, princess Maria Teresa Strozzi, count Cozio di Salabue, countess Maria Beatrice Barbiano di Belgioioso Dal Pozzo della Cisterna, duchess Marie-Thérèse Charlotte of France, and queen Margherita of Savoy.

The exhibition is also an opportunity to familiarize the general public with the luthiery tradition of Turin that starting in the late 18th century, gained momentum (as the production in Cremona started to wane), and established itself on the European scene, a preeminence that remained unchanged for more than a century. It is a chance to rediscover the primacy of this region in yet another cultural sector.

Exhibition organized by: Consorzio Residenze Reali Sabaude in collaboration with the publishing house Edizioni Il Salabue

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