Report from the Front

Art criticism, sometimes with context, occasional politics. Published in hard copy 5-7 times a year. New shows: "events;" hard-copy rates & how to support the online edition: "works."


February 3, 2018

Tags: Michelangelo

Michelangelo Buonarroti (Italian, Caprese 1475–1564 Rome), Three Labours of Hercules, 1530–33. Drawing, red chalk; 10 11/16 x 16 5/8 in. (27.2 x 42.2 cm). ROYAL COLLECTION TRUST / © HER MAJESTY QUEEN ELIZABETH II 2017,
Everybody today, it seems, knows who was Michelangelo Buonarotti (1475-1564)…..painter, sculptor, architect, poet, and with Leonardo da Vinci, one of the two greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance. So it should come as no surprise that this season's blockbuster exhibition at The Metropolitan Museum of Art should be "Michelangelo: Divine Draftsman and Designer" and that it should be packing in the crowds.. The show has already been seen by more than half a million visitors, and on its final day (Monday, February 12), it (but not the rest of the museum) will be open until 9 pm. (more…)


November 12, 2012

Tags: Michelangelo, Rembrandt van Rijn, Alina Szapocznikow

Rembrandt van Rijn (1606-1669). Two Men in Discussion, 1641. Quill and reed pen in brown ink, with corrections in white gouache, 9 x 7.25 inches. (c) The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London.
Continuing (& concluding) the saga I began earlier, I give you four more social/artistic events on the Manhattan museum circuit, 2 here & 2 more in a second installment (below) The week beginning Monday October 1 had a museum media preview four days running, Monday through Thursday. In fact, there were two on Monday, but I didn’t (more…)