The Accademia is one of the smallest of the world’s great art galleries, and picture for picture perhaps the most…
The New York-based sculptor Ursula von Rydingsvard comes from a long line of Polish and Ukrainian peasant farmers. She was…
‘I recollect nothing so much as a solemn — bright — warm — fresh landscape by Wilson, which swims in…
‘The Picture of the Prime Minister hangs above the Chimney of his own Closet, but I have seen that of…
Roderick Conway Morris is edified and entertained by the Venice Architectural Biennale
In 1914 Fernand Léger gave a lecture about modern art. By then recognised as a leading Cubist artist, he had…
Roderick Conway Morris on the influence and legacy of Augustus
Turner’s contemporaries regarded him primarily as a marine painter. This perception extended to his persona, with many who met him…
Roderick Conway Morris on the French master’s love affair with the art and artists of the Renaissance
Roderick Conway Morris finds a mix of the weird and the wonderful at the 55th Venice Biennale
Gustav Klimt first came to Venice in the spring of 1899, in pursuit of Alma Schindler, the young stepdaughter of…
Venice and Alexandria were, as far as the Venetians were concerned, twin cities. According to legend, St Mark had visited…
Lorenzo Lotto’s portraits alone should have secured him a place in history as a major Renaissance painter.
According to Athenaeus of Naucratis, the 2nd-century AD author of The Sophists’ Banquet, the ancient Sybarites kept the capital of their city-state in southern Italy supplied with wine through a network of ‘vinoducts’ that reached far out into the surrounding countryside.
The Prince, according to Machiavelli, ‘should appear, to see him, to hear him, all compassion, all good faith, all integrity, all piety’ — which might be translated into Basic Blairish as ‘should appear a pretty straight kind of guy’ — but, as the Florentine Father of Spin emphasised, it was a great deal more important to seem to have, rather than actually to have, these qualities.
The Arte Sella sculpture park has an unusual policy even as open-air museums go, with all the exhibits destined in due course to disintegrate and biodegrade.
Roderick Conway Morris on how Genoa’s glorious Villa del Principe has been brought back to life
Caravaggio’s paintings were inextricably bound up with his life and provide a virtual narrative of his turbulent development, a story fraught with ambiguities and alternative readings.
Roderick Conway Morris talks to Peter Greenaway about creating a ‘painting with a soundtrack’
Roderick Conway Morris on how the city is trying new ways to overcome its economic crisis
Correggio and the Antique
National Gallery and other locations in Parma, until 25 January 2009
Josef Maria Auchentaller (1865-1945): A Secessionist on the Borders of the Empire
Palazzo Attems-Petzenstein, Gorizia, Italy, until 30 September
Rome and the Barbarians
Exhibitions 2: Opening of Museo Remondini
Venice and Islam: 828–1797