Notes from the Field

  • Exhibition Notes
    Eaglemania: Collecting Japanese Art in Gilded Age America
    Reviewed by Jane Whitehead

    A monumental Meiji-era bronze sculpted eagle with a nine-foot wingspan broods over the Daley Family Gallery at the McMullen Museum of Art. Now restored to its original appearance, for decades the eagle hid in plain sight atop a granite column on the Boston College campus…

  • Exhibition Notes
    Phyllida Barlow—tilt
    Reviewed by Ivan Gaskell

    Until she represented the United Kingdom at the Venice Biennale in 2017, Phyllida Barlow could scarcely be said to have been a star in the contemporary art world.

  • Book Review
    On Display: Henrietta Maria and the Materials of Magnificence at the Stuart Court
    Reviewed by Joanna Marschner

    The narrative of the life of Henrietta Maria, the youngest daughter of Henri IV of France, was charged politically from the moment of her birth in the Louvre in Paris in 1609.

  • Book Review
    The Manufacture des meubles de la couronne aux Gobelins under Louis XIV: A Social, Political and Cultural History
    Reviewed by Alden R. Gordon

    The craftsmen of the Royal Gobelins Factory have little independent identity in the history of the decorative arts, even though they were among the greatest practitioners of their day—and that was precisely what the French monarchy intended.

  • 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, made a hasty and unannounced visit to the Earl of Tyrone’s mansion…


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