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June 2018

Vol. 160 | No. 1383


The Friends of the Bargello

As this issue went to press, it seemed that Italy was on the brink of forming a new government, nearly ten weeks after the general election of 4th March. It will almost certainly be a coalition between the populist Five Star Movement and the far right Northern League. As a result, there will be a new Minister of Cultural Heritage to replace Dario Franceschini, the centre-left politician who instituted the radical reform of Italy’s museums that led to the appointment in 2016 of twenty new directors of major institutions, seven of whom were – controversially in Italy – non-Italians.

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Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

A comprehensive, intelligent exhibition of the British studio pottery movement has long been awaited. Previous attempts have lacked either sufficient funding or sufficient depth of scholarship, or both. The exhibition at the Fitzwilliam Museum, organised in collaboration with the Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, where it was previously shown (14th September–3rd December 2017), has raised expectations but proves a less than successful attempt to do justice to a movement that changed the nature of art ceramics across the globe.1

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  • Detail of Crucifixion of St Andrew, showing the solder's armour

    Caravaggio’s ‘Crucifixion of St Andrew’ and the problem of autograph replicas

  • Earth, after a model

    A bronze after Michelangelo’s model for ‘Earth’

    By Volker Krahn
  • Detail of Sts Francis of Assisi and Anthony of Padua and scenes from their lives and miracles

    Dating the windows by the Maestro di S. Francesco in Assisi

    By John Renner
  • Waiter

    A set of silver-gilt waiters by Benjamin Pyne for the Courtenay family of Powderham Castle, Devon

    By Tessa Murdoch
  • Michael Hirst (1933–2017)

    By Nicholas Penny
  • Carlo Pedretti (1928–2018)

    By Pietro C. Marani
  • Van Gogh and Japan. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

    By Kathleen Adler
  • ‘Haute lecture’ by Colard Mansion. Groeningemuseum, Bruges

    By Anne-Marie Legaré
  • Tiepolo Segreto. Palladio Museum, Vicenza

    By Xavier F. Salomon
  • Fashioned from Nature. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    By Sanda Miller
  • Corot: The Painter and his Models. Musée Marmottan Monet, Paris

    By Michael Clarke
  • Grant Wood: American Gothic and Other Fables. Whitney Museum of American Art, New York

    By David Anfam
  • Things of Beauty Growing: British Studio Pottery. Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge

    By Malcolm Haslam
  • Picasso 1932: Love, Fame, Tragedy. Tate Modern, London

    By Karsten Schubert
  • Man Ray. Kunstforum Wien, Vienna

    By Andrew Strauss
  • Lee Lozano: Slip, Slide, Splice. Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh

    By Louisa Lee