Notes from the Field

  • Book Review
    Making Magnificence: Architects, Stuccatori and the Eighteenth-Century Interior
    Reviewed by Phillip Lindley

    In October 1750, George Stone, the Archbishop of Armagh, accompanied by William and John Ponsonby, the Earl of Bessborough’s sons, made a hasty and unannounced visit to the Earl of Tyrone’s mansion…

  • Book Review
    Style and Seduction: Jewish Patrons, Architecture, and Design in Fin de Siècle Vienna
    Reviewed by Meghan Brandow Faller

    Stressing the differential, generational nature of Jewish patronage in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries, Elana Shapira tackles the complex question of Jewish self-identification as expressed through art, architecture, and design.

  • Responses
    American Museums First? A Response to Gary Vikan
    by Elizabeth Marlowe

    A response to Gary Vikan’s recent Apollo essay “Why US Museums and the Antiquities Trade Should Work Together.”

  • Book Review
    Symbols of Power: Luxury Textiles from Islamic Lands, 7th–21st Century
    Reviewed by Amanda Phillips

    Symbols of Power provides experts and enthusiasts with a gorgeous volume that at once celebrates, describes, and analyzes some of the most sumptuous examples of art from the old world.

  • Book Review
    The Mind Is a Collection: Case Studies in Eighteenth-Century Thought
    Reviewed by Katy Barrett

    The Mind Is a Collection adopts as its premise the notion that metaphors must be taken seriously.


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