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April 2023

Vol. 165 | No. 1441

Van Gogh's obelisks


Politics versus archaeology in Paris

An air of anticipation has greeted the fourth anniversary of the fire that broke out on 15th April 2019 and destroyed the medieval roof of Notre-Dame, Paris, together with its flèche, designed by Eugène Viollet-le-Duc in 1859. The main controversies surrounding the restoration having been settled – as reported in this Magazine, in July 2020 the French government announced that the roof and flèche will be rebuilt as they were, using the same materials as the original – attention has turned to the discoveries being made and to the restoration process.

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Process: Design Drawings from the Rijksmuseum 1500–1900

Over the past decade the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, has formed a large collection of design drawings. A selection is on view at the Fondation Custodia, Paris.

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  • Detail from Virgin and Child with the young St John the Baptist

    Newly attributed drawings by Botticelli

    By Furio Rinaldi


  • Detail from X-radiographs of Holy Family with St Anne, the young St John the Baptist and his parents, revealing the original central composition

    The young Jordaens

    By Joost Vander Auwera
  • Courtyard

    The design of Cape Coast Castle and Dixcove Fort, Ghana

    By Gauvin Alexander Bailey
  • Still-life with blue enamel coffeepot, earthenware and fruit

    Becoming ‘obeliscal’: Van Gogh, ancient Egypt and the global Orient – II: obelisks

    By James Hall
  • Virgin and Child enthroned with Sts Dionysius the Aeropagite, Domenic, Clement and Thomas Aquinas,

    A panel painting of Our Lady with the Child by Leonardo

    By Marco Spallanzani
  • Detail of St Thecla Altarpiece

    Giulio Cesare Procaccini’s earliest known drawing and his contacts with Aurelio Luini

    By Lucia Tantardini
  • Detail from a Acanthus bedcover

    A ‘Morris room’ in Cardiff: Mary Lobb and the National Museum of Wales

    By Thomas Cooper
  • Detail from Three skulls on a patterned carpet

    Looking slowly with Cezanne

    By Paul Smith
  • Hans Belting

    Hans Belting (1935–2023)

    By Christopher Wood