Essays

Art Matters

by David Masello

There are many tense situations to be found lining the corridors and galleries of the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute. Will that swollen, mottled boa constrictor coiling itself around the body of a young boy in Jean-Léon Gérôme’s The Snake Charmer (1879)... More »

Ruskin, Venice and the Fulcrum of European Architecture

by Peter Kellow

At the start of his three-volume The Stones of Venice, published from 1851 to 1853, John Ruskin sets out what will be a recurring theme in his explanation of the style of Venetian architecture. He proceeds from the state of Europe following the collapse of the Roman Empire:

On the north and west... More »

The Leipzig Panometer and the Use of Historical Art

by Frederick Turner

 This winter I visited the German city of Leipzig in Saxony, and saw there the truly remarkable panorama of the Battle of the Nations, which was waged in and around Leipzig over three days in October 1813, and which marked Napoleon’s first decisive defeat. The panorama is housed in the huge shell of a disused... More »

On Imitation

by Lucien Steil

It is difficult to add anything substantial to Quatremère de Quincy’s Essai sur la nature, le but et les moyens de l’imitation dans les beaux-arts (1823)1 and Dictionnaire Historique de l’Architecture (1823–33),2 for Quatremère excels in precision and comprehensiveness as well as in depth. His genius proves to be universal.... More »

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