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Prodigious Veronese

The greatness of ‘The Family of Darius before Alexander’

Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice

an exhibition at the National Gallery, London, March 19–June 15, 2014


Looking for Ukraine

People are looking for saviors; the problem is that they are finding radically different ones

Irresistible El Greco

A celebration of a “consummate painter of unreality”

El Griego de Toledo [The Greek of Toledo]

an exhibition at the Museo de Santa Cruz and other venues, Toledo, Spain, March 14–June 14, 2014

El Greco: Life and Work—A New History

by Fernando Marías, translated from the Spanish by Paul Edson and Sander Berg


Can the NSA Be Controlled?

The USA Freedom Act

a bill passed by the House of Representatives, May 22, 2014


Speed in Life and Death

For a brief moment, the Italian Futurists were arguably the most influential aesthetic provocateurs in the world

Italian Futurism, 1909–1944: Reconstructing the Universe

an exhibition at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York City, February 21–September 1, 2014


The Billionaire Brothers Take on the US

Sons of Wichita: How the Koch Brothers Became America’s Most Powerful and Private Dynasty

by Daniel Schulman


The Art Hitler Hated

For the Nazis, art was an existential threat, which haunted Germany’s fate and still does

Degenerate Art: The Attack on Modern Art in Nazi Germany, 1937

an exhibition at the Neue Galerie, New York City, March 13–September 1, 2014


An American Passion for Tyrants

William Easterly’s case against international development

The Tyranny of Experts: Economists, Dictators, and the Forgotten Rights of the Poor

by William Easterly


Wyeth and the ‘Pursuit of Strangeness’

Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In

an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., May 4–November 30, 2014

Rethinking Andrew Wyeth

edited by David Cateforis

Andrew Wyeth: A Spoken Self-Portrait

by Richard Meryman, selected and arranged from recorded conversations with the artist, 1964–2007


Ives Wins!

The triumph of an “amateur”

Mad Music: Charles Ives, the Nostalgic Rebel

by Stephen Budiansky


Wildly Inventive Sigmar Polke

A one-man think tank for new and idiosyncratic ways to make paintings

Alibis: Sigmar Polke, 1963–2010

an exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art, New York City, April 19–August 3, 2014; Tate Modern, London, October 1, 2014–February 8, 2015; and Museum Ludwig, Cologne, March 14–July 5, 2015


The Court of Courts

The Mother Court: Tales of Cases That Mattered in America’s Greatest Trial Court

by James D. Zirin, with a foreword by Robert M. Morgenthau


The Road to the Zombie Office

Nikil Saval’s ‘Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace’

Cubed: A Secret History of the Workplace

by Nikil Saval


Intriguing, Funny, Prophetic Ford

Selected Poems

by Mark Ford


What Would Thoreau Do?;

Walden Warming: Climate Change Comes to Thoreau’s Woods

by Richard B. Primack


The Mystery of the Great Piero

Piero della Francesca: Artist and Man

by James R. Banker

Piero’s Light: In Search of Piero della Francesca: A Renaissance Painter and the Revolution in Art, Science, and Religion

by Larry Witham


The Resurging Dubliners

The Guts

by Roddy Doyle


The Intense Afterlife of the Saints

Why Can the Dead Do Such Great Things? Saints and Worshippers from the Martyrs to the Reformation

by Robert Bartlett

In Search of Sacred Time: Jacobus de Voragine and the Golden Legend

by Jacques Le Goff, translated from the French by Lydia G. Cochrane


The Inspired Voyage of Patrick Leigh Fermor

On ‘The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos’

The Broken Road: From the Iron Gates to Mount Athos

by Patrick Leigh Fermor, edited by Colin Thubron and Artemis Cooper


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