James Fenton

James Fenton is a British poet and literary critic. From 1994 until 1999 he was Oxford Professor of Poetry; in 2015 he was awarded the PEN Pinter Prize. He is the author of School of Genius: A History of the Royal Academy of Arts and, most recently, Yellow Tulips: Poems, 1968–2011. (April 2023)

What He Saw in a Dream

Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Visionary Architect

an exhibition at the Petit Palais, Paris, December 11, 2018–March 31, 2019; the Menil Drawing Institute, Houston, October 4, 2019–January 5, 2020; and the Morgan Library and Museum, New York City, January 31–September 13, 2020

Jean-Jacques Lequeu: Bâtisseur de Fantasmes

Catalog of the exhibition edited by Laurent Baridon, Jean-Philippe Garric, and Martial Guédron, with the collaboration of Corinne Le Bitouzé

May 14, 2020 issue

Field armor of Maximilian I; made by Lorenz Helmschmid, circa 1480

The Art of Combat

The Last Knight: The Art, Armor, and Ambition of Maximilian I

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, October 7, 2019–January 5, 2020

The Renaissance of Etching

an exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, October 23, 2019–January 20, 2020; and the Albertina Museum, Vienna, February 12–May 10, 2020

March 12, 2020 issue

William-Adolphe Bouguereau: Nymphs and Satyr, 102 1/2 x 72 inches, 1873

Nasty & Nice

Bouguereau and America

an exhibition at the Milwaukee Art Museum, February 15–May 12, 2019; the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, June 22–September 22, 2019; and the San Diego Museum of Art, November 9, 2019–March 15, 2020

May 9, 2019 issue

Francisco de Zurbarán: Joseph, circa 1640–1645

The Bishop’s Elders of Israel

Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons: Paintings from Auckland Castle

an exhibition at the Meadows Museum, Dallas, September 17, 2017–January 7, 2018; and the Frick Collection, New York City, January 31–April 22, 2018

April 5, 2018 issue

Rudolf Swoboda: Sketch of John Lockwood Kipling and sketches of Rudyard Kipling, circa 1887–1888

The Master of Wonder House

John Lockwood Kipling: Arts and Crafts in the Punjab and London

an exhibition at the Bard Graduate Center Gallery, New York City, September 15, 2017—January 7, 2018

March 22, 2018 issue

Moses in Mexico

On Cristobal de Villalpando’s altarpiece

Cristóbal de Villalpando: Mexican Painter of the Baroque

an exhibition at the Palacio de Cultura Citibanamex–Palacio de Iturbide, Mexico City, March 9–June 4, 2017; and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, July 25–October 15, 2017

October 12, 2017 issue

Noël-Nicolas Coypel: The Abduction of Europa, 1726–1727

Learning to Love French Art

America Collects Eighteenth-Century French Painting

an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., May 21–August 20, 2017

August 17, 2017 issue

The Disasters of War

The Great War in American art and literature

World War I and American Art

an exhibition at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, November 4, 2016–April 9, 2017; the New-York Historical Society, New York City, May 26–September 3, 2017; and the Frist Center for the Visual Arts, Nashville, October 6, 2017–January 21, 2018

The Art of Devastation: Medals and Posters of the Great War

an exhibition at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center, Vassar College, January 27–April 9, 2017

World War I and America: Told by the Americans Who Lived It

edited by A. Scott Berg

May 25, 2017 issue

Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, built for Ferdinand de Rothschild in 1874–1889 and bequeathed to the British National Trust along with all its art and objects by James A. de Rothschild in 1957

The Rothschild Taste

They like to do things well, but they prefer to do them really really well

The Rothschilds at Waddesdon Manor

by Mrs. James de Rothschild

Personal Characteristics from French History

by Ferdinand Rothschild

The Salon Doré from the Hôtel de la Trémoille

edited by Martin Chapman

Paintings: The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor

by Ellis Waterhouse

Sculpture: The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor

by Terence Hodgkinson

Architecture and Panelling: The James A. de Rothschild Bequest at Waddesdon Manor

by Bruno Pons

The Savonnerie: The James A. de Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor

by Pierre Verlet

Sacred Stitches: Ecclesiastical Textiles in the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor

by Rachel Boak

Drawings for Architecture Design and Ornament: The James A. de Rothschild Bequest at Waddesdon Manor

by Alastair Laing and others

Theatres of Life: Drawings from the Rothschild Collection at Waddesdon Manor

by Juliet Carey

A Rothschild Renaissance: Treasures from the Waddesdon Bequest

by Dora Thornton

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June 25, 2015 issue

A scene from Cirque du Soleil’s Zarkana at Radio City Music Hall, with digital snakes shown on an LED wall

Two Kinds of Magic


a show by Cirque du Soleil, written and directed by François Girard

A Magic Flute

directed by Peter Brook

August 18, 2011 issue

Rema Webb, Andrew Rannells, and Josh Gad in The Book of Mormon

The Saints Take Broadway

The Book of Mormon

a musical by Robert Lopez, Trey Parker, and Matt Stone, directed by Trey Parker and Casey Nicholaw

July 14, 2011 issue

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