For Collectors of the Fine and Decorative Arts

Features From Previous Issues

Books: Dear Diary

An elaborately staged re-creation of Géricault’s Raft of the Medusa, with a little sexual mischief added. A lovely female centaur listening contemplatively as an equally lovely woman (the same woman?) plays the piano. A bare-breasted, though otherwise fully clad woman holding a palette and painting an Old Master-style portrait. Continue reading

Treasure Hunt

The European Fine Art Fair, held every March in Maastricht, is justly famous for its selection of Old Masters. It’s easy to spend days lingering in that realm alone, but that would risk missing the fair’s other delights. TEFAF is uniquely able to attract a staggeringly large selection of rare treasures of all styles, shapes and varieties from across the millennia and the world. Continue reading

Critic's Notebook: Lives and Works

One day Leonardo Da Vinci acquired a peculiar lizard, for which he made a pair of wings by flaying several similar creatures. He filled the wings with quicksilver, causing them to quiver whenever the lizard walked and, having tamed it, proceeded to terrify everyone he met. Continue reading

Books: We'll Always Have Paris

One might think that Marcel Proust’s In Search of Lost Time (formerly known in English as Remembrance of Things Past) has by now been analyzed from every possible angle—psychoanalysis, homosexuality, fashion, French cuisine. The essayist Alain de Botton has even written a tongue-in-cheek self-help book calledHow Proust Can Change Your Life. Continue reading