Consider the Fork: A History of How We Cook and Eat by Bee Wilson
At Home: A Short History of Private Life by Bill Bryson
Britain has got Waterloo fever.
I was faintly apprehensive when I clambered up the curving staircase of the Courtauld Gallery to see “Goya: The Witches and Old Women Album.” But as soon as I was face to face with his powerful, irreverent sketches, I was both horrified and entranced.
Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum has always been a place of surprises, which has made it an absolutely fitting place for “William Blake: Apprentice and Master,” an exhibition that is at once didactic and very strange.
The National Gallery, like an aristocratic grande dame, rarely loses its balance or dignity in Frederick Wiseman’s brilliant three-hour documentary on the museum.
Late Turner: Painting Set Free, showing at Tate, Britain, is a fittingly autumnal show, focusing on Turner’s life from his sixtieth birthday in 1835 to his death in 1851.