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How to read a Twombly

New book asks if late US artist’s work should be read literally or literarily

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Histories of 16th-century French art have overlooked manuscript illumination—until now

New book is fruit of a lifetime’s research by the late Getty curator Myra Orth

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How offsets on arms sales into Abu Dhabi have helped finance its Louvre

A French study of the Gulf museums sees them as the Versailles of the sheikhs—a step towards autocracy

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Antena Los Ángeles: the secret engine behind Pacific Standard Time's bilingual outreach

The collective is helping art venues access a Spanish-speaking audience with translation services

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Richard Avedon and James Baldwin's book on American identity revisited

A New York gallery show and new publication draw fresh attention to little known collaboration between the fashion photographer and African-American writer

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Podcast episode five: what's the story behind the $100m Leonardo?

What will happen when the only painting in private hands by the Renaissance master heads to auction? Plus: the New Museum's big new show on gender, and our literary editor talks 18th-century princesses

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Bibliophiles rejoice: New York Art Book Fair returns this weekend

Hundreds of exhibitors are due to take part and a slew of events are planned

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An imitation, not a copy: Richard Shiff on what Bridget Riley learned from Georges Seurat

Riley had a formative encounter with the Pointillist's work early in her career

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Robert Rauschenberg

The hell of modern media: on Robert Rauschenberg's Dante series

A new book on the drawings synthesises a range of information, but leaves certain questions unanswered

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Gerhard Richter

Protean- rich: on the Gerhard Richter catalogue raisonné

The latest volume reveals Gerhard Richter’s variable but not always successful styles

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Lime, sand and animal hair: on 18th-century British interiors

There was an extraordinary flowering of stucco decoration in the period at hand

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Exhibitions

Visions of 18th-century France: how the Goncourt brothers taught America about Rococo

A focused show in Washington, DC, looks at why US collectors had a passion for French painting

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Art critic Michael Fried’s new poems dwell on past love, childhood—and his predilection for high Modernism

The poet draws parallels between making sculpture and writing verse

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First renowned, then overlooked, now rediscovered: on Edme Bouchardon

The artist worked with obsessional care, but only now is his versatility being recognised

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Abstraction in reverse: how Latin American Modernists changed how we see

The art historian Alexander Alberro explains how action and participation drove new forms of art

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Towering triumph: on the scholarly resurrection of Joseph de Levis

The Renaissance bronze-founder has been brought back to life by scholarly research

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A panoply of plastic poses: on Emma Hamilton

A new book explores her extraordinary personal and social transformations

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The parrot point of view: on Edward Lear's natural history studies

Such works were the basis of his later landscapes

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The Donald Trump style of art history

The greatest works of Western art vindicate the US president’s ideas of democracy, according to his senior director for strategic assessments

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Exhibitions

Vermeer and the masters of genre painting

The Dutch painter and his contemporaries could not resist the temptation to improve one another's compositions

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Banking and benevolence: on the Rothschild family

A century and a half of generosity is recorded in a wide-ranging history of the family

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Circumstantial evidence clinches the case: how careful archaeology corrects misunderstandings

A new book will undoubtedly change the way we talk and think about Early Cycladic objects

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A bottomless repository of culture: on illuminated Medieval manuscripts

There are remarkable riches to be mined from a group of new books

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What a Renaissance artist taught Freud about memory

A new book looks at the psychoanalyst’s favourite Old Master fresco—and his inability to remember the artist’s name

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Dissatisfactions and aspirations in pen and ink

A multifaceted artist’s monumental engagements with drawing

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Books in brief: arms and armour

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Worth the detour: on the National Gallery's lesser-known Renaissance masterpieces

Works from Bologna and Ferrara are the subject of a comprehensive new catalogue

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More patriarch than dictator

Their symbiotic relationship is the subject of a new book

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Nudity, high living, intense emotion, danger, tragedy and erotic allure

A new book looks at Roman choices of mythological subjects

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Let perception be your guide: how to see the Rococo

A virtual reality tour of an 18th-century German abbey

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The connoisseurs’ preserve needs expansion

The study of carpets has changed little since the 19th century and new approaches are needed

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The missing thread

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Life at the high end: what it is like to work at an auction house

Memoirs by Charles Hindlip and Simon de Pury, and a history of Christie’s, shed light from above

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The whole world in wood and copper

Prints were the main source of visual (mis)information for three centuries

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Museums

Marsden Hartley's Maine: what the Modern painter took from his home state—and what he left behind

An exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum looks at the profound role Maine played in peripatetic artist's life and work

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The persistent disbeliever: on Donald Judd's writings

A new book of his collected essays reveals the ferocity with which he questioned almost everything

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The comprehensive corpus on Peter Paul Rubens

Two new titles are added to the peerless catalogue of Rubens’s work

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Oedipal susceptibilities: on rivalry and friendship among artists

Skilfully interwoven stories cast new light on the artistic and personal dynamics behind some of the greatest works of Modern art

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The grandfather of Post-Modernism

Picabia at his most brilliant, perverse and energetic

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Did he influence Dürer or Dürer him? On Jacopo de’ Barbari

As an artist, Jacopo de’ Barbari became almost invisible

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The sacrament of scripts: on calligraphy in Islamic art

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The devil is always lurking: on Hieronymous Bosch

A survey of the best books that have come out of Hieronymus Bosch’s quincentenary

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Instrumental versus ideal art

Art for art’s sake, or for the sake of socioeconomic benefits? Two writers reach very different conclusions

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Books in brief: March 2017

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Very varied, inquisitive, lively and wide-ranging

On the eve of his 100th birthday, James Ackerman shows no signs of slowing down in this collection of essays

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Influential then, forgotten since, remembered again: on Nino Costa

The influential “Etruscan” painter and Risorgimento patriot deserves our recognition

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Exhibitions

Root of an unfocus: how Merce Cunningham developed common time into an artistic strategy

With John Cage and others, the choreographer invented a new way of thinking about movement

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Beautifully and thoughtfully presented: on the Nicolas Poussin catalogue raisonné

The first volume of a long-awaited work of scholarship

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The Howards under scrutiny

Science is the key to the story of the 16th-century aristocratic tombs in a Suffolk parish church

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Magic metal

Medieval notions of bronze as a living, divine substance

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Books in brief, February 2017

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Museums

What they do and how they do it: why museums matter

A new books makes a passionate argument for museums

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Credence and credulity: on Islamic art and the supernatural

This small book is ground-breaking, bringing to light Islamic beliefs and superstitions

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Life is changed, not ended: how the Medieval English dealt with death

Not everyone could afford their own mortuary churches or chapels