Francis Haskell (1928-2000) was an English art historian. His works include Patrons and Painters: Art and Society in Baroque Italyand History and its Images: Art and the Interpretation of the Past. Haskell taught at Oxford.


Mysterious Masterpieces

Lorenzo Lotto: Master Painter of the Renaissance 1997-March 1, 1998; the Accademia di Belle Arti, Bergamo, April 2-June 28, 1998; the Grand Palais, Paris, October 12, 1998-January 11, 1999.

an exhibition at the National Gallery, Washington, D.C., November 2,, Catalog of the exhibition by David Alan Brown and Peter Humfrey and Mauro Lucco

Dosso Dossi: Court Painter in Renaissance Ferrara Ferrara, September 26-December 14, 1998; the Metropolitan Museum of Art, January 14-March 28, 1999; and the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, April 27-July 11, 1999.

an exhibition at the Galleria d'Arte Moderna e Contemporanea,, Catalog of the exhibition by Peter Humfrey and Mauro Lucco, edited by Andrea Bayer
An excellent exhibition of paintings by Lorenzo Lotto left Washington last March and, after traveling to Bergamo, went to the Grand Palais in Paris, where it was finely installed. Meanwhile an equally fine exhibition, similar in its ideal size of about fifty paintings, of works by Dosso Dossi, which began …

The Art of the Possible

Pierre-Paul Prud'hon 12, 1998, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, March 10, 1998-June 7, 1998.

by 1997-January an exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, September 23, Catalog of the exhibition by Sylvain Lavessière

Augustin Pajou, Royal Sculptor and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, February 26-May 24, 1998.

byan exhibition at the Louvre, Paris, October 20, 1997-January 19, 1998, Catalog of the exhibition by James David Draper and Guilhelm Scherf
The exhibitions of paintings by Pierre Prud’hon and of sculptures by Augustin Pajou, which opened at more or less the same time in Paris and are now moving to New York, cannot have been planned as a pair, but in an extraordinary way each one is enhanced by the other, …

In Love with Light

Giambattista Tiepolo, 1696-1770 1996, and the Metropolitan Museum, New York, January 24-April 27, 1997

Exhibition at the Ca' Rezzonico, Venice, September 5-December 9,

Giambattista Tiepolo, 1696-1770

Catalog of the exhibition, edited by Keith Christiansen
When in 1770 the Venetian artist Giovanni Battista Tiepolo died, very suddenly, in Madrid (to which he had been summoned to fresco the royal palace), he was already aged seventy-four, and he must certainly have realized that he had been, for at least a generation or so, the most admired …

Ah! Sweet History of Life

The Autumn of the Middle Ages

by Johan Huizinga, translated by Rodney J. Payton and Ulrich Mammitzsch

The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance

by John Hale
In his preface to his extremely fine study The Civilization of Europe in the Renaissance, John Hale hopes it will not be thought presumptuous that his title adapts that of a book of truly seminal importance, Jacob Burckhardt’s The Civilization of the Renaissance in Italy of 1860—a book that “I …

Poussin’s Season

Nicolas Poussin 1594–1665 Paris, September 1994–January 1995, by

catalog of the exhibition at the Grand Palais, Pierre Rosenberg and Louis-Antoine Prat

Nicolas Poussin 1594–1665 January 19–April 9, 1995, by Richard Verdi and others.

catalog of the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London,
The fourth centenary of the birth of Nicolas Poussin has been celebrated by a series of major, and also minor but important, exhibitions in Paris (a city that he abandoned at the earliest possible opportunity) and in London (where he had never been). Meanwhile in Rome (where he spent almost …

Art & the Apocalypse

Talk of the Apocalypse was heard throughout Europe in the decades around 1900, but it did not always betoken vengeful doom. “Today,” wrote Franz Marc in January 1912 in his subscription prospectus for the almanac of the Blaue Reiter, art is moving in a direction of which our fathers would …

Only Collect

Le Géant, La Licorne et La Tulipe: Collections françaises au XVII siècle

by Antoine Schnapper

Les Frères Goncourt: collectionneurs de dessins

by Elizabeth Launay
Books and articles about collectors and collecting have now been popular for nearly a century and a half—the vogue seems to have started during the second Empire and to have gathered pace over the next few decades—but, with only a few exceptions, their contribution to history, and even to art …

Titian and the Perils of International Exhibition

Titian 1990 and at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC October 28, 1990–January 27, 1991

an exhibition at the Palazzo Ducale, Venice June 1, 1990–October 7,


catalog of the exhibition, Introduction by Francesco Valcanover
A tough dilemma tends to condition the choice of pictures shown at the more ambitious international exhibitions of Old Masters: the institutions that lend the paintings (for the paintings involved now belong almost exclusively to institutions) feel inclined to support such ventures only if they are intended to be “of …