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August 2022

Vol. 164 | No. 1433

Architecture and Design

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Editorial

Holiday reading

There is an obvious problem about making recommendations for holiday reading for art historians: most of the books they are eager to read are simply too big – too heavy for a holiday suitcase and too unwieldy for the beach. The following suggestions for books to take on holiday are therefore based not solely on merit but also on them being either in a relatively compact format or available as an e-book.

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Hans Hoffmann: A European Artist of the Renaissance

The banners and flyers advertising this exhibition, like the cover of its beautifully designed catalogue, depict a watercolour of a resting hare by Hans Hoffmann (c.1545/50–1591/92), but instead of the artist’s monogram, ‘Hh’, it is signed with the well-known ‘AD’ of his famous Nuremberg predecessor Albrecht Dürer. This is a predictable choice by the museum’s press department, since Hoffmann is known first and foremost as a copyist of the works of Dürer, especially of his drawings and watercolours. Nonetheless, in the exhibition Yasmin Doosry, the recently retired head of the museum’s department of prints and drawings, sets out to correct, or at least question, Hoffman’s abiding reputation as a mere epigone of the so-called Dürer Renaissance.

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  • A Borromini-inspired church plan in eighteenth-century Lima

    By Gauvin Alexander Bailey
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  • The floral marquetry floor at Burghley House

    By Adam Bowett
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  • A modello by Louis Laguerre and the programme of the Painted Hall at Chatsworth

    By François Marandet
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  • Sicilian salvage at Sharnbrook: the Magniac monuments by William Burges

    By Tim Knox
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  • The source for Lutyens’s Memorial to the Missing of the Somme

    By Andrew Hopkins
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  • Pastels in the pandemic

    By Neil Jeffares
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  • The Umayyad Mosque of Damascus: Art, Faith and Empire in Early Islam

    By Sean W. Anthony
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  • Romanesque Effigies: Death and Redemption in Medieval Europe, 1000–1200

    By Elizabeth Valdez del Alamo
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  • A Biographical Dictionary of English Architecture, 1540–1640

    By Anthony Geraghty
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  • Les ébénistes de la Couronne sous le règne de Louis XIV

    By Reinier Baarsen
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  • Venezianische Malerei: Staatsgalerie in der Residenz Würzburg

    By Daniel Fulco
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  • Pots, Prints, and Politics: Ceramics with an Agenda, from the 14th to the 20th Century

    By Howard Coutts
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  • The Presence of the Past in French Art, 1870–1905: Modernity and Continuity

    By Stephen Bann
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  • Loot: Britain and the Benin Bronzes Dividing the Spoils: Perspectives on Military Collections and the British Empire

    By Mark Evans
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  • The Oak Park Studio of Frank Lloyd Wright

    By Jennifer Gray
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  • Poisoned Abstraction: Kurt Schwitters between Revolution and Exile

    By Beth Williamson
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  • Europe Divided: Huguenot Refugee Art and Culture

    By Sophie Rhodes
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  • Les Années 1910: Arts décoratifs, mode, design

    By Louis Deltour
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  • Belonging and Betrayal: How Jews Made the Art World Modern

    By Patrick Bade
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  • Walter Sickert

    By Merlin James
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  • The Tudors: Passion, Power and Politics

    By Karen Hearn
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  • Hans Hoffmann: A European Artist of the Renaissance

    By Armin Kunz
  • From Donatello to Alessandro Vittoria, 1450–1600: 150 Years of Sculpture in the Republic of Venice

    By Deborah Howard
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  • Giorgio Vasari: Le livre des dessins. Destinées d’une collection mythique

    By Ketty Gottardo
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  • Bertha Wegmann: Painting in Many Languages

    By David Smith
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  • Glyn Philpot: Flesh and Spirit

    By Michael Hall
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  • Reframed: The Woman in the Window

    By Christopher Baker
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  • Archipenko and the Italian Avant Garde

    By Cathy Corbett
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