Reader's Diary

The Lost Battles

A story of the rivalry between the two greatest artists of the Italian Renaissance -- and the vanished masterpieces their competition produced.

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Reviews & Essays

Glittering Images

Celebrating great works of art in a state of hyper-articulate ecstasy.

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Reviews & Essays

Love, Fiercely: A Gilded Age Romance

How John Singer Sargent captured the dawn of a new century in his portrait of two New Yorkers.

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Reviews & Essays

Thomas Hart Benton

A biography of the artist whose work, "as rich and dynamic as it may be, is not as paradoxical as the man was."

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Reviews & Essays

The Finger: A Handbook

A playful and pointed account of the means by which we make our contact with the world around us.

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In Brief

The Hours of Catherine of Cleves

A new edition of one of the world's most brilliant works of bookmaking puts a dazzling vision on display.

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In Brief

Caravaggio: Complete Work

A triumphant new collection brings together the paintings of an artist of great mystery -- and perhaps greater genius. Read more...