Manet and Modern Beauty: The Artist’s Last Years

Best known today for large-scale paintings that were provocative in the early 1860s, Manet shifted his focus and produced a different, though no less radical, body of work In the late 1870s and early 1880s. A major exhibitin at the Getty looks at these later years. […]

Praising Sacred Icons as Art

If your exposure has been primarily to Western art, it can be difficult to fully appreciate the artistry of icons. Knowing something about the underlying iconography and typologies, and putting aside expectations of artistic originality and realism, will make these deeply symbolic images more accessible. […]

Who was Everhard Jabach?

He’s such an obscure figure today that he doesn’t even warrant a Wikipedia entry — but he must have been Somebody, to have been the subject of this outsized painting by Charles LeBrun, court painter to King Louis XIV.  In 2014, at the time of its acquisition, Thomas P. Campbell, then-Director of the Metropolitan Museum of […]

T. C. Cannon: One Who Stands in the Sun

T.C. Cannon combined contemporary Western art influences with native traditions, making astute social and political statements with wry humor. He did not want his art to be pigeon-holed as native. He was an artist, period. […]