Art

The Catholic Rubens

The Catholic painter Peter Paul Rubens presents a particular challenge to classification—decorative, theatrical, busy, pagan, and only superficially Christian.

Calling Cards of the Dead

This powerful show constitutes a record of those often unnamed individuals of the Civil War era, documented through the then-new medium of photography.

Painting in Slang

A vigorous and superbly contextual show, “Léger: Modern Art and the Metropolis”—at the Philadelphia Museum of Art—focuses on the artist's most experimental years.

The Last Word: High-interest Loan

The Hildesheim Cathedral in Germany is undergoing major renovation and has sent some of its most beautiful medieval objects to New York.

Painting the Jewish Jesus

The image of a Jewish Jesus hanging on a Cross still gives pause to both Jews and Christians.

Old Masters, New Digs

After an extensive renovation and reinstallation, the Met's European paintings galleries reopened in May. The collection now has fully one-third more space.

The Last Word: Take & Eat

How the apple, rather than the grape or the fig, became the fruit in the Garden of Eden is complicated, involving pagan Greek mythology and folklore.

Gained in Translation

The medieval manuscripts currently on view at Manhattan’s Jewish Museum in Crossing Borders: Manuscripts from the Bodleian Libraries are stunning in their beauty....

Surface Tensions

For a generously bearded, self-styled “prophet” of Paris’s Belle Époque, Edouard Vuillard has a disappointingly uneventful biography. No...

The Art of Dying

In the early thirteenth century, Bishop Huge of Lincoln paid a visit to the abbey of Fécamp in Normandy. Ostensibly at least, his purpose was to venerate the relic...

Birth of a Nation

Last October the Metropolitan Museum of Art opened its new and expanded Islamic galleries to widespread critical acclaim—“as intelligent as it is resplendent,”...

The Wounded

The end of the draft marked the beginning of the military as a subculture. Art about and by the army has worked to bridge the newly widened gap between soldiers and...
Subscribe to Art

Book Reviews

The Republic of Imagination

May 14, 2015 | 0 comments

The Young T.E. Lawrence

April 30, 2015 | 0 comments

Medieval Christianity

April 20, 2015 | 2 comments

Moral Agents

April 20, 2015 | 0 comments

The Catholic Rubens

January 12, 2015 | 2 comments

Still Life & Matisse

February 19, 2007 | 0 comments