REVIEW | Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance – Victoria and Albert Museum, London

Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, is an eloquently considered exhibition that wondrously conveys the atmosphere and decor of a living, breathing Renaissance city. From monumental public sculptures and fountain pieces to devotional reliefs lined wall to wall, it offers a surprisingly immersive experience conducive to understanding the functions ofContinue reading “REVIEW | Donatello: Sculpting the Renaissance – Victoria and Albert Museum, London”

THE BIG REVIEW | Raphael – National Gallery, London

For a concise review of The Credit Suisse Exhibition: RAPHAEL, please click here. The Early Umbrian Years⁠ Opening the National Gallery show is an elusive, faintly drawn portrait of a young boy whose features are generally believed to be that of a 15/16-year-old Raphael (British Museum, London). His eyes show an ambition and determination thatContinue reading “THE BIG REVIEW | Raphael – National Gallery, London”

REVIEW | Giulio Romano. La Forza delle Cose (The Power of Things) – Palazzo Te, Mantua

‘This credenza…is adorned with festoons of verdure and flowers, and all covered with vines laden with bunches of grapes and leaves, under which are three rows of bizarre vases, basins, drinking-cups, tazze, goblets, and other things of that kind in various forms and fantastic shapes, and so lustrous, that they seem to be of realContinue reading “REVIEW | Giulio Romano. La Forza delle Cose (The Power of Things) – Palazzo Te, Mantua”

REVIEW | Raphael – National Gallery, London

The Credit Suisse Exhibition: RAPHAEL at the National Gallery, London, is not your typical survey of the artist’s works. Instead, it is a silver sampling dish featuring every aspect of Raphael’s artistic personality.⁠ Consisting of a rigorously selected portion of autograph works, the exhibition succeeds in balancing some of the highlights of his career withContinue reading “REVIEW | Raphael – National Gallery, London”

THE BIG REVIEW | Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing – The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace

Out of the world’s collections of Leonardo da Vinci drawings, the Royal Collection’s holdings are the largest, totalling an impressive 550 sheets. For the 500th anniversary celebrations of the artist’s death, a third of these were exhibited at 12 simultaneous venues in the UK, before being reunited in a major exhibition at The Queen’s GalleryContinue reading “THE BIG REVIEW | Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing – The Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace”

There’s more to Marcantonio Raimondi than just porn!

‘[…] Giulio Romano caused Marc’ Antonio to engrave twenty plates showing all the various ways, attitudes, and positions in which licentious men have intercourse with women; and, what was worse, for each plate Messer Pietro Aretino wrote a most indecent sonnet, insomuch that I know not which was the greater, the offence to the eyeContinue reading “There’s more to Marcantonio Raimondi than just porn!”