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October 2017

Vol. 159 | No. 1375


Painting in oil

VISITORS TO THE opening last month of the British Museum’s exhibition Scythians: warriors of ancient Siberia were greeted by representatives of the sponsors, BP, together with banners explaining why the company was supporting the museum: ‘As modern-day adventurers in the resource-rich landscape of Siberia, we feel a deep affinity with the Scythians. They knew what they wanted, and they went out and got it.’

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Exhibition Review

Damien Hirst. Venice

VENICE IS A city that floats in time as well as place. In contrast to Rome, steeped in ancient remains, Venice lacks a classical origin – its Greco-Roman antiquities were imported rather than unearthed. Renaissance artists such as Titian created a fictional past for the city, imagining mythological scenes in the landscapes of the Veneto. It is apt, then, that Damien Hirst has made Venice the setting of Treasures from the Wreck of the Unbelievable (to 3rd December), his own grandiose act of mythmaking and artistic renaissance. Ten years in the making, it is a wildly ambitious feat – a wholesale canon of fake history.

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  • Fig-4

    Reconsidering Giorgio de Chirico’s early exhibition history: ‘The red tower’ and ‘The enigma of a day’

    By Anne Greeley

    The Art of Conservation XIII. Twentieth-century Italian conservators and conservation theory

    By Marco Ciatti
  • James S. Ackerman (1919–2016)

    By Deborah Howard
  • Chris Michaelides (1949–2017)

    By Graham Kent
  • Fig 23 Alivardi Khan presides over the adoption of Ikram al-Daula by Shahamat Jang

    Eighteenth-century Mughal paintings from the Swinton collection

    By J. P. Losty
  • Figure-3-(1)

    Unpublished letters from John Singer Sargent to Jacques-Emile Blanche

    By Hadrien Viraben
  • Aleaume-Illustration-Frontis-piece

    Nicolas Poussin and the King’s mathematician

    By Gabriel Batalla-Lagleyre
  • BAILEY.RococoinBeijing

    Rococo in eighteenth-century Beijing: ornament prints and the design of the European palaces at Yuanming Yuan

    By Gauvin Alexander Bailey
  • Chinese and Japanese Works of Art in the Collection of Her Majesty The Queen. By John Ayers

    By Rose Kerr
  • Christianity in Asia: Sacred Art and Visual Splendour. Edited by Alan Chong

    By Marjorie Trusted
  • Divine Pleasures: Painting from India’s Rajput Courts. The Kronos Collections. By Terence McInerney

    By Milo Cleveland Beach
  • Silk, Porcelain and Lacquer: China and Japan and their Trade with Western Europe and the New World, 1500–1644. By Teresa Canepa

    By Francesco Morena
  • Qing Encounters: Artistic Exchanges Between China and the West. Edited by Petra ten-Doesschate Chu and Ning Ding

    By Aida Yuen Wong
  • Re-envisioning Japan: Meiji Fine Art Textiles. Edited by John E. Vollmer

    By Sharon S. Takeda
  • William Hogarth: A Complete Catalogue of the Paintings. By Elizabeth Einberg

  • Waldemar-George, critique d’art. Cinq portraits pour un siècle paradoxal. Essai et anthologie. By Yves Chevrefils Desbiolles

    By Emilie Anne-Yvonne Luse
  • The Diaries of Randolph Schwabe: British Art 1930–48. By Gill Clarke & Inquisitive Eyes: Slade Painters in Edwardian Wessex. By Gwen Yarker

    By Julian Freeman
  • Inner: The Collected Writings and Selected Interviews. By Sean Scully & Danto on Scully. By Arthur C. Danto

    By Joseph Masheck