19th century

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Book Shorts

Degas’ love of the Paris opera house is brought to the fore in this catalogue

The artist used a variety of devices to explore the interior of the Opéra Garnier throughout his career

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Museums & Heritage

Brighton Pavilion gets its glitter back as fanciful treasures return on long-term loan from the Queen

More of the startling objects collected by George IV will return from Buckingham Palace in early 2020

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Museums & Heritage

A missing chapter in the history of the decorative arts: the Restoration and July Monarchy

Louvre-organised show at the Grand Palais of neglected period of production

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Metropolitan Museum of Art

Star exhibit at the Met: the Christopher Dresser album the V&A could not afford

Modern designs at the Met

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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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Book Shorts

William-Adolphe Bougeureau: tasteless, sentimental, soft-porny, but French above all

Book looks at the former official darling of the American republic

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Book Shorts

A collection of Romantic 19th-century German illustrations

Book looks at narrative cycles by Edward von Steinle and Leopold Bode

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Conservation & Preservation

Warship figureheads restored ahead of opening for new Plymouth arts complex

Royal Navy statues are being made shipshape and ready for installation at The Box, opening in 2020

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Books

A monumental study of the heyday of Historicist painting

This comprehensive volume looks at a genre popular in 19th-century Europe but long scorned in the art world

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Openings

A bigger splash: France's expanded La Piscine museum reopens after makeover

Former Art Deco swimming pool in Roubaix dives into Modern French sculpture

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Discoveries

Courbet's model for the Origin of the World discovered

It is now “99% certain” that dancer Constance Quéniaux is depicted in the infamous nude

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Exhibitions

Looted ‘cannibal’ bowl served up in Royal Academy of Art’s Oceania show

Artefact is one of around 200 on show in largest exhibition on the region in almost 40 years

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Books

How to force historians to use their eyes: book urges academics to 'take art more seriously'

Princeton University's Theodore K. Rabb says more visual materials—not only written records—should be explored

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Exhibitions

Louvre’s Delacroix exhibition uncovers France’s superstar of the Romantic era

His boundless inventiveness as a painter—and not only—shines through in this ambitious survey

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Exhibitions

How Delacroix went from lycée dropout to establishment favourite

Exhibition at the Musée du Louvre is first major survey of the painter’s work in more than 50 years

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Exhibitions

Rijksmuseum explores how botany helped give birth to photography

the New Realities of 19th-century photography shows key developments in scientific and artistic endeavour

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19th century

Why Courbet's The Origin of the World is so popular—and it's not what you think

Our most-read story of 2016 was about Facebook's legal battle over the French master's work. Here's why it still causes a stir, 100 years on

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19th century

London version of Manet’s Le déjeuner sur l’herbe predates the bigger picture in Paris

Research supports theory that Courtauld’s painting is preparatory sketch for version in the Musée d'Orsay

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Frivolity, hedonism, sensuality and sex—OK!

The 19th-century revision of received perceptions of French Rococo art

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Collectors

The forgotten collectors: Five significant 19th-century collectors

The contributions of tobacco heiresses and banking magnates explored

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National Gallery

The big hole in Britain’s National Gallery: Bring back the Victorians

The omission of paintings by the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood could be rectified by judicious loans

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Photography

New Met exhibition explores pre-digital manipulation of photography

Photographers began manipulating their work long before the digital era

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Books

Books: Rossetti’s fascination with women’s bodies and Dadd’s madness are investigated

Libido and lunacy — the obsessions of two artists

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Victoria & Albert Museum

Original 1860s decor has been restored at the V&A

Victorian collectors’ pictures back on display

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Dante Gabriel Rossetti

Books: The end of Dante Gabriel Rossetti

The complete correspondence of the pre-Raphaelite painter and poet has reached the last of its nine volumes

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Exhibitions

Queen Victoria & Albert: Art and Love

An exhibition catalogue continues the trend of challenging the dour image of Victoria

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Books

Books: What does Pre-Raphaelite mean?

This collection of essays questions how we understand the terms Pre-Raphaelite, Pre-Raphaelitism and the Pre-Raphaelite Movement

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Collectors

Collector Richard Driehaus's private museum gets a classical makeover

Who said it was all about modernism?

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Impressionism

Books: Impressionist women and Impressionists’ women

New works on a quartet of women painters and the wives and models of three of the men

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Commercial galleries

Former fugitive opens decorative arts gallery

Roberto Polo, once the toast of Paris, returns in style

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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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Christopher Dresser

From flea market to Manhattan penthouse: the revival of Christopher Dresser

Gilbert and George and Mickey Wolfson are among the enthusiastic collectors

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Exhibitions

New exhibition 'The pre-Raphaelite dream' rocks the Art Gallery of Western Australia

The paintings and drawings on show in Perth are on loan from the Tate collection

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Books

A story of politics and class in a new biography of Henry Cole

An exhaustive treatment of the man behind the Great Exhibition, the Victoria and Albert Museum, Prince Albert and much, much more

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Art dealers

Diary of a New York dealer, Hans Kraus, Jr: “The old medium has died and digital has taken over”

Why collectors of 19th-century painting are crossing over into photography

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National Trust

National Trust buys William Morris’s house

Red House, Bexleyheath, to be preserved for the nation

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Books

Book review: 'For the King’s pleasure' is a meteorite of a book

This account of George IV’s decorations and furnishings is a landmark in the history of writing about the 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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Jewellery

Books: Henri Vever's Bible of French jewellery studies

The Vasari of his field, Vever was himself a jeweller—though like Vasari he is better known for his writing

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Conservation & Preservation

The Hereford Screen, the V&A’s greatest hidden treasure, to be revealed this month

Gilbert Scott’s massive Gothic Revival screen has been restored for £750,000 and goes on public view for the first time in over three decades

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Exhibitions

Queen Victoria’s Centenary at the Victoria and Albert Museum: Conspicuous by her absence

A weak exhibition that attempts to survey the Victorian legacy is partially redeemed by the accompanying book

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Books

William R. Johnston, William and Henry Walters, the reticent collectors

A compelling biography of the father and son who founded the Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore

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Collectors

A London Victorian watercolour collector sells up. “With contemporary art you know there will be another work around the corner”

An American financial market strategist has put together a major collection of nineteenth-century British watercolours.

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J.M.W. Turner

Current exhibitions and publications on Turner: No stone left unturned

As the exhibition on Ruskin’s championship of Turner opens at the Tate, this crop of catalogues returns a timely harvest of Turner scholarship

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Exhibitions

“Art nouveau” at the V&A and “1900” at the Grand Palais. Unity of the arts

Artists and designers 100 years ago were united in their embrace of modernity

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Exhibitions

Decisive moments: the history of photography at the V&A

How photographers from 1845 to the present have reflected time

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Books

The Victoria and Albert Museum. The great Kensington Kunstkammer

The museum and the Great Exhibition from which it derives are the subject of five new books

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Books

The lives of the collectors: J. Pierpont Morgan. Everything but the art

This blockbuster biography records the life of the American financier in exhaustive and exhausting detail, but fails to tell the story of his collecting

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Photography

“Private dreams and unknowable pleasures” in early photography

Clementina, Lady Hawarden, a forgotten precursor of Julia Margaret Cameron, is the subject of this book and of the Victoria and Albert Museum exhibition

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Books

Lives of collectors: a faux Frick biography

This biography of Henry Clay Frick takes a psychological approach that leaves much to be desired

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Art market

A river runs through it: Hanging around in New York, a monthly guide by Brook S. Mason.

Impressionist painters on the Seine at Wildenstein, the Gilded Age glows at Vance Jordan, exoticism at Mark Murray plus fine furniture and Picasso’s lino cuts

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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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Conservation & Preservation

A campaign is underway to raise funds for the conservation of Sir George Gilbert Scott’s metalwork masterpiece, the Hereford Screen

Since its removal from Hereford Cathedral over three decades ago, it has languished in store, slowly deteriorating.

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Books

Janet Myles, L.N. Cottingham, 1787-1874: architect of the Gothic Revival

Restoring a pioneer of the Gothic Revival to his rightful position

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Exhibitions

Biggest Art Nouveau show ever at the V&A

Exhibition promises to be “the largest and most comprehensive exhibition of Art Nouveau ever staged”

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Decorative arts

Interior architecture: a domestic model for intellectuals

Designers Carl and Karin Larsson were creators of Swedish style, at present much featured in the glossies

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Exhibitions

A trio of nineteenth-century paintings shows in England

The Tate Gallery proposes the origins in British art of Symbolism, the Royal Academy investigates fairies, while Manchester presents women Pre-Raphaelites

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Books

Speaking prose all their lives: The relationship between art Victorian social mores explored

A book on the social and monetary value of art and how big businessmen became big collectors

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Books

New book demystifies nineteenth-century Pittsburgh collectors and how they rose out of the US's industrial centre

The birth of American collecting: Frick, Mellon and Carnegie analysed

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Exhibitions

Masterpieces of the Zuloaga family courtesy of a Middle-Eastern millionaire

From gunmakers to silversmiths

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Books

Book review: Dutch decorative arts

Titus M. Eliëns, Marjan Groot and Frans Leidelmeijer, Dutch Decorative Arts, 1880-1940

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Books

Books: Pugin’s Gothic genius

Two books accompanying recent museum shows

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Exhibitions

V&A embarks on big loan show to Baltimore on the history of the museum itself

It will be the first time that an institution has allowed the story of its acquisitions to be subjected to such intense inquiry

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Exhibitions

William Morris any way you like at the V&A

A major survey that leaves interpretation of his achievements to the visitor

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William Morris

Victoria and Albert loses out on William Morris collection

Berger collection to go to Huntington after two-year silence from the London museum

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Collectors

Collection of interior design scholar Mario Praz reinstated to Palazzo Primoli apartment

Praz bequeathed the entirety of his collection to the Galleria Nazionale d’arte Moderna, in the hope that his home would become a satellite of the museum

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Exhibitions

Pugin, founder of modernism, in a riot of polychromy at the V&A

A major survey of the high priest of the Gothic Revival

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Books

Useful dealers' survey responds to market interest in 19th-century ceramics

Outside the canon, but now bought by US Arab and Japanese collectors

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Exhibitions

Morozov's music room reconstructed in the State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts

Exhibition of Russia's two most famous fin-de-siècle collectors now on in Moscow

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Exhibitions

Classical taste in America, Washington's official style

Neo-classicism as expressed in painting sculpture and the decorative arts in a touring exhibition

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Art market

English Victorian painting index

Middle-of-the-range works have maintained their appeal, even as to the kind of collector who bought them when they were painted

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Exhibitions

The collector who ushered the Impressionists into the Louvre

A collection of works donated to the nation by Etienne Moreau-Nélaton on display at the Grand Palais

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Exhibitions

Schinkel: the architect who changed the face of Berlin

German reunification has made possible the first major exhibition,at the Victoria and Albert Museum, of all aspects of Schinkel’s work