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March 2014

Vol. 156 | No. 1332

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Editorial

Kenwood House

Of all the houses open to the public that circle London’s outskirts, Kenwood is the most perfectly sited. At the northern edge of Hampstead Heath, it is famous for its backdrop of woods, lawns sloping down to its lake and the view from the terrace along its south front. It is famous too for Robert Adam’s remodelling and enlargement of the exterior and his suite of rooms inside that includes the exquisite library. Its third claim to fame is, of course, as the home of the Iveagh Bequest of old-master paintings (and, more recently, the Suffolk Collection of English portraits).

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Masterpieces of Chinese painting

For the first time since the exhibition held at the Royal Academy of Arts, London, in 1935, European students of Chinese art were afforded the thrill of standing before the works through which they learnt that history at the Victoria and Albert Museum’s landmark exhibition Masterpieces of Chinese Painting 700–1900 (closed 19th January). The exhibition was indeed one of masterpieces, displaying great works from the Tang (618–906), Song (906–1279), Yuan (1279–1368), Ming (1368–1644) and Qing (1644–1911) dynasties that have been reference points in the history of painting in China for centuries, and can be readily enjoyed as such. Yet the exhibition was far more than a series of highlights illustrating a much-told story. It was rather a re-telling that incorporated the traditional version within an innovative contextual presentation that encompassed function, genre, materiality, collecting and engagement with cultures beyond China itself.

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  • ‘Meum amantissimum nepotem’: a new document concerning Giovanni Bellini

    By David Alan Brown,Anna Pizzati

    An unpublished document about Giovanni Bellini’s family background.

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  • The discovery and conservation of a Nicolò di Pietro in the Cuming Museum, London

    By Amy Griffin,Antonio Mazzotta

    An early fifteenth-century panel painting of the Virgin Annunciate (c.1410–15) in the Cuming Museum, London, has recently been restored and attributed to Nicolò di Pietro.

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  • Parrasio Micheli’s ‘St Francis’: a rediscovered work from the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, Venice

    By Philip Cottrell

    A newly identified St Francis (c.1551–55) by Parrasio Micheli for the Palazzo dei Camerlenghi, Venice.

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  • ‘The pool of Bethesda’ by Louis Chéron: a modello discovered at the Wellcome Library, London

    By François Marandet

    An oil-sketch by Louis Chéron in the Wellcome Library, London, is identified as a study for the large painting of the Pool of Bethesda (1683) in S. Pantaleone, Venice.

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  • A portrait of a baby girl by Lorenzo Tiepolo

    By Massimo Favilla,Ruggero Rugolo

    An attribution to Lorenzo Tiepolo of a Portrait of a baby girl in a high chair (c.1770–76).

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  • Father and Son: Nicola and Giovanni Pisano, M. Seidel

    By Brendan Cassidy
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  • Chinese Silks, D. Kuhn, ed.

    By Rose Kerr
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  • The Early Christian Monuments of Ravenna: Transformations and Memory, M. Verhoeven

    By Deborah M. Deliyannis
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  • Scipione Pulzone. Da Gaeta a Roma alle Corti europee, A. Acconci and A. Zuccari, eds.

    By Frank Dabell
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  • King Sigismund Chapel at Cracow Cathedral (1515–1533), S. Mossakowski

    By Paul Crossley
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  • Melchior Lorck, E. Fischer, E.J. Bencard and M.B. Rasmussen

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  • Bartolomeo Manfredi, G. Papi

    By John Gash
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  • Le Beau Langage de la Nature; l’Art du Paysage au Temps de Mazarin, A. Lemoine and O. Svatier Sjöholm, eds.

    By Helen Langdon
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  • John Nash: Architect of the Picturesque, G. Tyack, ed.

    By Jocelyn Anderson
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  • Nineteenth-century European Paintings at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, S. Lees, ed.

    By Rachel Sloan
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  • A Dynasty of Dealers. John Smith and Successors 1801–1924. A Study of the Art Market in Nineteenth-Century London, C. Sebag-Montefiore and J.I. Armstrong-Totten

    By Christopher Brown
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  • William Reid Dick, Sculptor, D. Wardleworth

    By Mark Stocker
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  • Masterpieces of Chinese painting

    By S. J. Vainker
  • Ana Mendieta

    By Rebecca Breen
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  • Photorealism

    By David Anfam
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  • Jordaens

    By Hans Vlieghe
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  • The Surrealist object

    By Dawn Ades
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  • Georges de La Tour

    By Pierre Rosenberg
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  • Michiel Coxie

    By Maryan W. Ainsworth
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  • Florence!

    By Alison Wright
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  • Fragonard

    By Ute Koch
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  • Košice in the 1920s

    By Elizabeth Clegg
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  • Pietro Bellotti

    By Francis Russell
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  • Saraceni

    By John Gash
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  • Antoniazzo Romano

    By Gerardo de Simone
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