David Ekserdjian

The Rose (IV), by Cy Twombly

The Duke of Wellington also invades Christmas art books

22 November 2014 9:00 am

Art books fall naturally into various categories, of which the most common is probably the monograph. Judith Zilczer’s A Way…

The Marble Hall at Petworth House

Marble-mania: when England became a spiritual heir to the ancients

8 November 2014 9:00 am

Phrases such as ‘Some aspects of…’ are death at the box-office, so it is not exactly unknown for the titles…

In the dialogue in front of Raphael’s ‘Madonna della Sedia’, Martin Gayford takes the lead

This former head of the Metropolitan finds Rembrandt boring

27 September 2014 8:00 am

Surely only a double-act of the stature of Philippe de Montebello, the director of the Metropolitan Museum of Art from…

The miracle of the Crib at Greccio’, scene 13 of the St Francis cycle in the Upper Church, Basilica of San Francesco, Assisi.

Google Images can't spoil the fun — here are the most gorgeous art books of the season

7 December 2013 9:00 am

Good news for the festive season — the inexorable rise of the virtual image on our computer screens, tablets, and…

‘Man Writing a Letter’ by Gabriel Metsu

A selection of recent art books

1 December 2012 9:00 am

With one or two exciting exceptions, almost all art books fall into a very limited number of easily identified categories,…


The most Shakespearean of painters

4 August 2012 6:00 am

Titian’s paintings have always been both loved and revered, and he is without question the most influential artist who has…


Live on in paintings

7 July 2012 6:00 am

Like all self-respecting geniuses, Raphael (1483-1520) died young at the age of 37. For over a decade, he had been…

The king of chiaroscuro

14 December 2009 12:00 am

These days, it is easy to take it for granted that Caravaggio (1571-1610) is the most popular of the old masters, yet it was not ever thus.


A choice of art books

11 December 2007 1:21 pm

Literary critics of a certain stripe may have been exulting over the death of the author for decades, but happily, in the world of art publishing, monographic studies of the careers and works of individual artists are still alive and kicking. Indeed, almost half of my festive selections fall into that category this year.

Christmas art books

30 November 2006 8:37 am

The seemingly unstoppable rise of the exhibition catalogue happily does not mean that nothing else gets published, and my selection…

Coping with the Van Gogh syndrome

28 January 2006 12:00 am

In the context of the visual arts, the notion of misunderstood genius is a comparatively recent one, and seems to…

Christmas art books

10 December 2005 12:00 am

The only halfway festive offering in this year’s crop of art books is Laurence Kanter and Pia Palladino’s Fra Angelico.…

Recent arts books

18 December 2004 12:00 am

Recent arts books

Renaissance man in all his richness

4 December 2004 12:00 am

The major challenge faced by biographers of artists is the almost impossible one of dealing with equal authority with their…

A conservative convict

13 November 2004 12:00 am

At the moment, a whole room of the Sainsbury wing in the Nation- al Gallery is devoted to Carlo Crivelli…

Keeping one’s head above water in Venice

18 January 2003 12:00 am

I have an unusually vivid recollection of the first time I met John Hall. I went to his flat in…

A selection of art books

7 December 2002 12:00 am

I cannot think of many less festive offerings than Richard Avedon Portraits (Abrams, £24.95), but it has to be admitted…