Hugh Honour is the author, with John Fleming, of The Visual Arts: A History, which has recently been published in its sixth expanded edition. (November 2002)


Islamic Venice?

Venice and the East: The Impact of the Islamic World on Venetian Architecture, 1100–1500

by Deborah Howard
Wordsworth got it wrong. Venice never held “the gorgeous East in fee” as he declared in his sonnet “On the Extinction of the Venetian Republic,” published in 1807. Although Venetians grew rich from import-export business with the Levant and ruled part of the former Byzantine Empire for half a century …

The Triumphs of Tiepolo

Tiepolo and the Pictorial Intelligence

by Svetlana Alpers and Michael Baxandall

The Glory of Venice: Art in the Eighteenth Century National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC; Palazzo Rezzonico, Venice

edited by Jane Martineau, edited by Andrew Robison. Catalog of the exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, London;
The publication of a book on Giovanni Battista Tiepolo by Svetlana Alpers and Michael Baxandall, two of the most stimulating contemporary writers on the history of art, was unexpected. Alpers, known mainly for her work on Dutch and Flemish painting, has consistently sought an alternative to the way in which …

Burma: Splendor and Miseries

In the 1970s and early 1980s, when I first went there, Burma could both repel and charm. General Ne Win had seized power in 1962 and set the country on a wayward course, what he called “the Burmese Way to Socialism,” different from all others and puzzling to political theorists.

The Master Builder of Venice

The Sculpture of Jacopo Sansovino

by Bruce Boucher
Visitors to St. Mark’s in Venice, overawed by the Byzantine solemnity of the architectural space, bemused by the shimmering mosaics, and dazzled by the enamels and gems on the opulent twelfth- to fourteenth-century Palo d’Oro—the great high altar-piece—rarely pay much attention to later works of art in the church. Few …

The Wonders of Angkor Wat: A Diary

November 29, 1991. 4:30 AM at Bangkok’s huge new Don Muang airport. Very few people about. Nor were there many vehicles on the usually traffic-jammed road as we came out here in the warm and, for me, delightfully steamy darkness—I love all this rank humidity—past high-rise condominiums and exotic shopping …

From Here to Eternity

America's Rome Vol. I: Classical Rome Vol. II: Catholic and Contemporary Rome

by William L. Vance
“Rome has never been so much Rome, never expressed its full meaning so completely as nowadays,” the English essayist and novelist Violet Paget wrote under her pseudonym, Vernon Lee, in 1900. This change and desecration, this inroad of modernness merely completes its eternity. Goethe has an epigram of a Chinese …