Visitors to the National Gallery in London have spotted what looks like a pair of Nike sneakers in Ferdinand Bol’s “Portrait of Frederick Sluysken” (1652).
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A Crowd-Pleasing Party of Post-Impressionists
Here they are at the National Gallery, almost all at once, all those modern artists we came here to see, those we have come here to report having seen later.
In Celebration of Unloveliness
We go to Raphael for idealized beauty. But what if a painting were the opposite of beautiful, and utterly arresting for that very reason?
Renaissance Portrait of “Ugly Duchess” Likely Depicts a Man
A curator at London’s National Gallery believes the subject of painter Quinten Massys’s painting “is most likely a he.”
The Van Gogh Is Fine; You Won’t Be
The real target of Just Stop Oil’s tomato soup action wasn’t Van Gogh’s painting. It was our complacency.
Climate Activists Go Warhol on Van Gogh, Splashing “Sunflowers” With Tomato Soup
The work, which is behind glass at London’s National Gallery, was part of Just Stop Oil’s latest protest action.
London’s National Gallery Renames Degas’s “Russian Dancers” as “Ukrainian Dancers”
Calls to rename the mislabeled work have intensified since the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
London’s National Gallery Identifies 67 Museum Patrons Connected to Slavery
A new report by the museum names the “art collectors, connoisseurs, donors, and founders of museums and galleries across Britain” who benefitted from enslavement.
Titian, in the Harsh Light of Day
Titian was, as the great English poet Geoffrey Chaucer would put it, a ‘man’s man,’ accustomed to showing off his posturing pride.
Longing to Know More About David Bomberg, Who Blazed Like a Comet Through London’s Stuffy Art Scene
Young Bomberg and the Old Masters, presented in a finite form, could have been so much bigger, more ambitious, and more intellectually adventurous.
When Leonardo da Vinci Just Isn’t Enough
Leonardo’s “Virgin” meets virtual reality — simpleminded in the extreme.
Gauguin’s Predatory Colonial Gaze
Is it fair to use contemporary standards to judge a man who died 116 years ago?