COVER: An untitled painting by Ilonka Karasz (1896– 1981) c. 1920. Collection of the Portas family; photograph by Michael McKelvey, courtesy of the Georgia Museum of Art, Athens.

Editor’s letter

Critical thinking / Difficult issues

Fallen Idylls: Ruins in the American
collective consciousness
Glenn Adamson

Current and coming

The Paston Treasure at the Yale Center
for British Art, totalitarian terror at the
Neue Galerie, the art of Chicago saloniste
Gertrude Abercrombie at the Illinois State
Museum, and more

Museum visit

Reconsidering sepia: Clarence White’s
photography at the Davis
Sammy Dalati


Katherine Lanza


Gertrude Fiske breaks the glass
ceiling at Discover Portmouth
Eleanor H. Gustafsonem

Boston baroque: Upholstery for an early easy chair

Alexandra A. Kirtley and Robert F. Trent

Brilliance by any name: The attributions in the Michel Sittow exhibition at the National Gallery of Art may be arguable. The artistic genius on view is not

James Gardner