Andrew Butterfield

Andrew Butterfield is President of Andrew ­Butterfield Fine Arts. He is the author of The Sculptures of Andrea del Verrocchio, among other books.
 (April 2015)

  • He Brought Stone to Life

    March 4, 2015

    Donatello’s large sculpture of the Old Testament prophet Habakkuk is often said to be the most important marble statue of the fifteenth century.

  • Rembrandt in the Depths

    November 7, 2014

    “Rembrandt: The Late Works,” an exhibition now on view at London’s National Gallery, will linger long in the mind of anyone who has the pleasure to see it. It reveals a great artist working with unprecedented technical command and emotional power, even as the world closes in around him.

  • 'Majesty, Vehemence, Splendor'

    May 17, 2014

    Perhaps more than any other picture in the National Gallery’s Paolo Veronese exhibition, The Family of Darius before Alexander reveals Veronese’s great strengths as a painter; it also makes clear why he can seem so foreign to common modern ideals of art and of the artist.

  • The Serene Beauty of Canova

    February 11, 2014

    Canova was the most celebrated artist in Europe in the early nineteenth century, and yet he has rarely been the subject of an exhibition in America. Until now.

  • Trapped in Vienna

    December 6, 2013

    In the city that inspired The Man Without Qualities and The Woman Without a Shadow, early twentieth-century portraiture often depicted figures in a state of dematerialization or unreality, in which the dead and the dying, dreams and ghosts predominate.

  • Dürer's Devil Within

    May 20, 2013

    An extraordinary exhibition about Albrecht Dürer at the National Gallery of Art shows the artist fascinated with the close scrutiny of dark and brooding emotion.

  • Recasting the Ancients

    July 25, 2012

    The small but elegant show of Antico on view at The Frick Collection through Sunday comes closer than any earlier attempt to uncovering the enigma of this master’s art. Part of what makes Antico so mysterious for us is the sharp difference of his sensibility from our own. Like so many of the great sculptors of the early Renaissance, Antico was trained as a goldsmith, but unlike, say, Ghiberti or Verrocchio, this experience was fundamental for every aspect of his technique and aesthetic.

  • The Unexpected Pleasures of Jan Gossart

    January 8, 2011

    Before it closes on January 17, I urge readers to rush over to the exhibition of Jan Gossart at the Metropolitan Museum to experience its unexpected pleasures.

  • Lost Kingdoms: Hindu-Buddhist Sculpture of Early Southeast Asia

    April 14, 2014 — July 27, 2014

    This rapturously beautiful show represents a period in the cultural history of Southeast Asia that has very rarely been studied before: the spread of Hindu and Buddhist art from India to the Southeast from the fifth to the eighth centuries AD.

  • Pontormo and Rosso: Diverging Paths of Mannerism

    March 8, 2014 — July 20, 2014

    Two teenagers, drunk with love for the art of Michelangelo, set out to remake the rules of painting in early sixteenth-century Florence.

  • Antonio Canova: The Seven Last Works

    January 22, 2014 — April 27, 2014

    Canova was the most celebrated artist in Europe in the early nineteenth century, and yet he has rarely been the subject of an exhibition in America, nor has it been easy to see many major works by him in this country. Until now.

  • The Boxer at Rest

    June 1, 2013 — July 18, 2013

    One of the great masterpieces of Hellenistic sculpture is making a brief visit to The Metropolitan Museum of Art.

  • Antico: The Golden Age of Renaissance Bronzes

    May 1, 2012 — July 29, 2012

    This small and exquisite show at the Frick Collection brings out the subtlety of Antico’s sculptures, revealing them to be more than just de luxe items for delectation, but also extremely finely calibrated studies of poetic sensibility.