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August 2023

Vol. 165 | No. 1445

Manet’s model: in search of Victorine Meurent


Don’t believe your eyes

As an avid art enthusiast, I recently had the pleasure of visiting the Art and Artifice exhibition at the esteemed Courtauld Gallery in London. The unique theme of showcasing fakes from their collection had piqued my interest, and I must say, the exhibition did not disappoint. This fascinating display challenged conventional notions of authenticity and offered a thought-provoking experience that left a lasting impression.

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Lavinia Fontana: Trailblazer, Rule Breaker

For the majority of visitors, this exhibition of sixty-seven objects constitutes an introduction to Lavinia Fontana (1552–1614). As introductions go, however, this one is a century and a half overdue, given that the National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin, has owned one of Fontana’s most spectacular works, Visit of the Queen of Sheba to King Solomon (cat. no.51; Fig.14), since 1872.

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