18th century

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Book Shorts

The story of an Irish family’s history and its porcelain service are woven together in this fascinating book

The recovery of a Worcester soft-paste collection sheds light on 18th-century Anglo-Irish culture

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Book Shorts

A catalogue demonstrates Boucher’s mastery of the 'Chinese' taste

The essays in this book investigate the many facets of this extraordinary 18th-century fashion

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Conservation & Preservation

Gainsborough's newly restored Blue Boy awaits the end of lockdown

Closed by coronavirus, Huntington Library posts online video reflecting on 18-month conservation treatment of dazzling portrait

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Books

Despite its 'hybrid' approach, the Met's catalogue on French painting lacks detailed analysis

When used together, the New York museum’s print catalogue and supplementary website on their 18th-century French works make an excellent initial resource but offer little new information

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Exhibitions

Angelica Kauffman, who was lauded in her lifetime but later largely ignored by art historians, gets new show

Travelling Kunstpalast exhibition will feature the only known ceiling paintings created by a woman in the 18th century

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Books

National Gallery definitively catalogues 'small but perfectly formed' collection of French 18th century paintings

Humphrey Wine’s lavishly illustrated book details the London museum's 60 authentic works and 12 replicas, copies or  pastiches

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Book Shorts

Children’s portraits without shadows: new book on painting childhood

No Chucky or Lord of the Flies in portraits by British and British-based artists

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Book Shorts

Boilly, prolific portraitist and genre painter

Almost unknown in Britain, his work was secretly amassed by Harry Hyams, the billionaire property developer

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Exhibitions

Winckelmann's impact on modern concepts of art history is celebrated in Weimar

The man who wrote art history is remembered 300 years after his birth

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Books

Sir Joshua Reynolds’s portraits in focus, at last

His most important works now take centre-stage

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Books

Books: Lambert Krahe as a collector for instruction, rather than pleasure

A biography of a perceptive 18th century collector

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Books

Portrait of Prince Nicholas II Esterházy as an avid collector, a bankrupt, and a womaniser

The Prince's passions cost him his fortune but gave Hungary a fine collection of art

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Piranesi

Inside Piranesi’s prisons on show at the Venice Architecture Biennale

An immersive, digital film at the Fondazione Giorgio Cini reimagines the artist’s dark fantasies as if in three dimensions

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Museums & Heritage

Bringing back the Baroque—colonial style

Yale prepares for the 2012 installation of its decorative arts galleries by reconstructing a period room

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Books: Saviour of the Habsburgs, richly rewarded

Soldier and collector Prince Eugene of Savoy’s role in the rise of the Austro-Hungarian empire

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Books

Book review: the history of Irish furniture in all its finery

An invaluable resource, lavishly illustrated

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Museums & Heritage

Metropolitan re-opens Wrightsman Galleries for French Decorative Arts

Also now open is its Ruth and Harold D. Uris Center for Education

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Books: James Brydges, munificent benefactor or bad-taste merchant?

A reappraisal of the life of the first Duke of Chandos, patron, collector and philanthropist

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Auctions

November auctions of Important British Pictures failed to stir collectors leaving slew of unsold lots

Collectors shunned many 18th- and 19th-century works

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Books

The story of the great Augustan collectors of antiquities

An explanation, an adoration and a lament

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Books

This book argues that aristocratic collectors were the main cause of the emergence of a French School of painting

Shopping for France?

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Thomas Gainsborough

Sweeping Gainsborough exhibition on at Tate Britain

The Tate has pulled out all stops for this exhaustive show

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Exhibitions

Madame de Pompadour meets Philippe Starck at the Rijksmuseum

With a very glamorous display, this is the first serious look at Netherlandish rococo architecture and decorative arts

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Exhibitions

Decadent collection of English art enthusiast and eccentric William Beckford to go on show at Bard Graduate Center

A sample of the collector's princely taste

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Exhibitions

A survey of open-air Italian landscapes, 1780-1830, explores imagery, techniques and aims

“Un paese incantato" comes to London

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Exhibitions

The scorned neo-Classicism of Anton Raphael Mengs is up for reconsideration in this comprehensive Paduan show

The expansive exhibition is on now at Palazzo Zabarella

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Charting Vanbrugh's contribution to the development of the 18th-century garden.

Christopher Ridgway and Robert Williams (eds), Sir John Vanburgh and landscape architecture: art and design in baroque England, 1690-1730

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Auctions

The Lagerfeld Collection: “We all have to live in our own times”

The couturier’s change to a minimalist lifestyle moved him to dispense with all his eighteenth-century furniture, his paintings, and decorative arts

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Books

Books: Hilary Young, English porcelain, 1745-95

Identifying the common circumstances behind the 18th-century ceramics industry

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Exhibitions

The man who made the Louvre: Dominique-Vivant de Non and the exhibition in his honour

An exhibition devoted to the ultimate Enlightenment man who built the collections of the world’s first modern museum

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Exhibitions

Columbus Museum of Art, The Age of Enlightenment reaches Ohio

A major loan show from Dresden’s Picture Gallery concentrates on paintings rather than decorative arts

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Books

Timothy Mowl's William Beckford biography casts the famed collector as "a sexual and architectural Lucifer"

The story of the Regency dilettante, eccentric and collector is told in all its scandalous detail

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Books

Portrait miniatures, Little England

Three books demonstrate the revival of interest in portrait miniatures and the leading role of the Victoria and Albert Museum in this field

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Books

Ceramics: Blue and white, all right!

A round-up of some recent books on porcelain, pottery and delftware

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Tate

Important eighteenth-century and contemporary additions to Tate’s holdings

The works are from the Oppé collection and Janet Wolfson de Botton

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Tate

Tate on the Grand Tour and the birth of tourism

The new exhibition displays over 250 works in a journey around the art inspired by the eighteenth-century infatuation with Italy and antiquity

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Museums & Heritage

At last we have a serious decorative arts show: John Channon at the V&A,

The Victoria and Albert Museum may be getting back into its stride as the world's top decorative art museum if the exhibition is anything to go by.