Henri Zerner, Professor of History of Art and Architecture at Harvard, is the author of Renaissance Art in France: The Invention of Classicism and Écrire l’histoire de l’art: Figures d’une discipline.

IN THE REVIEW

Red-Hot MoMA

The Museum of Modern Art, New York

Yoshio Taniguchi, architect

Modern Painting and Sculpture: 1880 to the Present at the Museum of Modern Art

edited by John Elderfield
The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) has changed radically over the years since it was founded in 1929 and moved into its own building on 53rd Street in 1939. What is most striking in the new building that has just opened is the change of scale. For it is, indeed, …

Scenes from the American Dream

Norman Rockwell: Pictures for the American People 17- September 24, 2000.

by June an exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., Catalog of the exhibition edited by Maureen Hart Hennessey and Anne Knutson
In Pictures from an Institution, Randall Jarrell’s 1956 novel of college life, the athletic and eternally youthful president of Benton College for women was a remarkable fund-raiser. He was especially successful with the alumnae in Hollywood: President Robbins appealed to them sitting in somewhat Hawaiian swimming-shorts at the grassy verge …

Passion Painter

Delacroix

by Barthélémy Jobert

Delacroix: The Late Work Museum of Art, September 15, 1998-January 3, 1999.

an exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, and the Philadelphia, Catalog of the exhibition by Arlette Sérullaz and Vincent Pomarède and Joseph J. Rishel and Lee Johnson and Louis-Antoine Prat and David Liot
The life of Eugène Delacroix, a life devoted to hard work and serious thought, has never tempted a film-maker. A painter of the passions, Delacroix was a reserved man and somewhat cold in manner. The modern public is as curious about the artist’s person as about his or her oeuvre.

The Vision of Leonardo

Leonardo da Vinci: Scientist, Inventor, Artist 1997, and the Singapore Art Museum,October 3, 1997-February 1, 1998.

an exhibition at the Museum of Science, Boston, March 3-September 1,, Catalog of the exhibition edited by Otto Letze and Thomas Buchsteiner
Leonardo da Vinci was convinced of the power of vision as an instrument of knowledge. He felt that it was above all through our eyes that we grasp and understand the world, that visual representation is the primary method of recording knowledge, and, most importantly, that such knowledge enables us …

Mysteries of a Modern Painter

Géricault January 6, 1992

An exhibition at the Grand Palais, Paris, October 10, 1991 to

Géricault

catalog of the exhibition by Régis Michel and Sylvain Laveissière and Bruno Chenique
“No nineteenth-century artist of Gericault’s stature remains as enigmatic; no oeuvre, despite its small size, so rife with problems of attribution; no chronology, despite its too-brief span, so inadequately documented.” The splendid exhibition organized this autumn at the Grand Palais in Paris for the bicentennial of Géricault’s birth challenged so …