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Not only did he change the look of English portraiture, but his career, which
spanned most of the eighteenth century (he was born in 1723 and died, all but
speechless from laudanum, in 1792), transformed the sociology of English art.
He understood the skill without which the career of a court artist or a social
portraitist is bound to fizzle — the ability to tailor the image to the cloth of the
patron's ideas or the sitter's self-esteem. That is why, admiration aside, you tend
to trust ...
It was no small irony that Zurbaran, an artist of devout Catholic faith, whose entire
career was spent illustrating the most rigid dogmas of the monastic orders he
worked for (Dominicans, Franciscans, Shod and Barefoot Mercedarians, ...
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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - philipjohn - LibraryThing
Robert Hughes must be one of the finest users of language at work in the field of art criticism. His comments, whether you agree with them or not, are always a joy to read. Read full review
Nothing if not critical: selected essays on art and artistsUser Review - Not Available - Book Verdict
This collection brings together over 90 essays, many of which have already appeared in major journals. Hughes considers the Masters, 19th-century art and artists, the Modernist spirit, American and ... Read full review