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The current exhibition of Van Dyck's English portraits, organized by Oliver Millar
at the National Portrait Gallery in London, shows how well Van Dyck's fluency
has lasted. It is a delectable exhibition, though cramped and clumsily installed,
satire in Goya's royal portraits, although the Spanish royal family was delighted
with them and nobody at court thought them at all irreverent. With Van Dyck, the
question of flattery remains elusive, as it must with all great portraitists. Thus if
It is unlikely, however, that his Austrian sitters took their portraits the same way.
There is still something disquieting about their effigies, pinned on the dark
canvas in those peculiar scratchy tones, the flesh iridescent and yet as musty as
a dead ...
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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