IN THE REVIEW

The Genius of Cento

Guercino: Master Painter of the Baroque 15–May 17, 1992

an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC, March

Guercino: Master Painter of the Baroque

catalog of the exhibition by Denis Mahon, with contributions by Andrea Emiliani and Diane De Grazia and Sybille Ebert-Schifferer
Perhaps no other artist, excepting the Renaissance painter Giovanni Antonio Bazzi called Il Sodoma (the Sodomite), has been as unfortunately nicknamed as Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, called Guercino, or the “little squinter.” In spite of his defective eye Guercino “was a great draftsman and a felicitous colorist,” to quote Ludovico Carracci, …

The Charms of Deception

Fake? The Art of Deception

edited by Mark Jones
In 1869, a stele with an inscription mentioning the biblical figure Mesha, King of Moab (Kings II 3:4), was found in Palestine. It was immediately acquired for the Louvre by Charles Clermont-Ganneau, the French consul in Jerusalem and a prominent archaeologist. This inscription stimulated great interest in the little-known Moabite …

Canaletto in New York

Canaletto: Giovanni Antonio Canal, 1697–1768

by W.G. Constable, revised by J.G. Links

Canaletto

by Katharine Baetjer and J.G. Links
Visiting the National Gallery in London with an Australian friend, J.M. Whistler denigrated the work of J.M.W. Turner as sloppy and formless: “Come and look at the paintings of a man who was a true workman.” So saying, he led me straight to a Canaletto. “Now,” he said, “here is …