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July 2019, No. 1396 – Vol 161

Italian art

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Editorial

The Warburg Renaissance Project

In 1931 Charles Holden was appointed architect of the University of London’s Bloomsbury estate. Its centrepiece, Senate House, was completed in 1937 but construction of the wider scheme was interrupted by war, with the result that only parts were built. Holden’s last addition, completed in 1958, was the Warburg Institute, but even that is unfinished. It was intended to be one half of a building extending the length of Woburn Square, with the other half occupied by the Courtauld Institute, but – partly because of resistance to the demolition of the Georgian terrace on the site the Courtauld would have occupied – the Warburg’s building remained an isolated block.

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Swinging London: A LifestyleRevolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant. Fashion and Textile Museum, London; and Mary Quant. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The exhibition at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is the first retrospective of the fashion designer Mary Quant (b.1934) since 1973 when the Museum of London mounted Mary Quant’s London.1 The museum has drawn on Quant’s archive as well as on its own extensive holdings, the largest public collection of her work. With over 120 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics and photographs, the exhibition is an excellent example of how a great museum can involve the public in the reconstruction of the past. Interesting loans and donations of important material related to Quant enliven the exhibition, reminding us that fashion history and fashion exhibitions are unusually dependent on fashion’s creative consumers.

.1 The museum has drawn on Quant’s archive as well as on its own extensive holdings, the largest public collection of her work. With over 120 garments as well as accessories, cosmetics and photographs, the exhibition is an excellent example of how a great museum can involve the public in the reconstruction of the past. Interesting loans and donations of important material related to Quant enliven the exhibition, reminding us that fashion history and fashion exhibitions are unusually dependent on fashion’s creative consumers.
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  • Orazio and Artemisia Gentileschi and ‘Judith and her maidservant’ in Oslo

    By Gianni Papi,Nina Gram Bischoff,Thierry Ford
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  • Changed locations: the Habsburg cityscapes in Palazzo Vecchio, Florence

    By Adriana Concin
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  • Correggio’s reclining ‘Magdalen’ rediscovered

    By David Ekserdjian
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  • Drawing Titian’s ‘Caesars’: a rediscovered album by Bernardino Campi

    By Frances Coulter
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  • The Manfrin Gallery

    By Nicholas Penny
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  • L’arte del dissenso: Pittura e libertinismi nell’Italia del Seicento. By Dalma Frascarelli

    By Anna Lo Bianco
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  • Eve’s Apple to the Last Supper: Picturing Food in the Bible by C.M. Kauffmann

    By Frederica C.E. Law-Turner
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  • The Italian Renaissance Nude. By Jill Burke

    By Paula Nuttall
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  • The Golden Age of Italian Maiolica-Painting: Catalogue of a Private Collection. By Timothy Wilson

    By J. V. G. Mallet
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  • Tra Fiandre e Italia: Rubens 1600–1608. Regesto biografico-critico. By Raffaella Morselli

    By Anna Orlando
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  • Lives of Domenichino and Francesco Gessi (Carlo Cesare Malvasia’s ‘Felsina pittrice’: Lives of the Bolognese Painters, 13). Edited by Elizabeth Cropper and Lorenzo Pericolo

    By Francesca Cappelletti
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  • Islam e Firenze: Arte e collezionismo dai Medici al Novecento. Edited by Giovanni Curatola; and Immagini d’Oriente: La riscoperta dell’arte islamica nell’Ottocento. Edited by Alessandro Diana and Simona Mammana

    By Ariane Varela Braga
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  • Charles Robert Cockerell in the Mediterranean: Letters and Travels, 1810–1817. By Susan Pearce and Theresa Ormrod

    By Max Bryant
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  • Deaccessioning and Its Discontents: A Critical History. By Martin Gammon

    By Andrea Bayer
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  • Edvard Munch: Love and Angst. British Museum, London

    By Jill (J. L.) Lloyd
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  • Domus Grimani, 1594–2019. Palazzo Grimani, Venice

    By Deborah Howard
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  • Tiepolo in Milan: The Lost Frescoes of Palazzo Archinto. Frick Collection, New York

    By Beverly Louise Brown
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  • Seeing the Divine: Pahari Painting of North India Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

    By Molly Emma Aitken
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  • Sorolla: Spanish Master of Light. National Gallery, London

    By Elaine Kilmurray
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  • Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today. Wallach Art Gallery, New York; and The Black Model from Géricault to Matisse. Musée d’Orsay, Paris

    By David Pullins
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  • Harald Sohlberg: Painting Norway Dulwich Picture Gallery, London; and Midsummernight. Harald Sohlberg: a Norwegian Landscape Painter. Museum Wiesbaden

    By Lorenz van der Meij
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  • Swinging London: A LifestyleRevolution / Terence Conran – Mary Quant. Fashion and Textile Museum, London; and Mary Quant. Victoria and Albert Museum, London

    By Tanya Harrod
  • Venice Biennale. Various locations, Venice

    By Martha Barratt
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