The Victoria and Albert’s new look at “Europe 1600–1815”

aroseshapiro Art, Furniture & Decorative Arts

By Joan DeJean   Neptune and Triton  by Gian Lorenzo Bernini, c. 1622– 1623, as installed in the newly reopened Europe 1600–1815 galleries at the V&A. Except as noted, all images © Victoria and Albert Museum, London.       In December 2015 the Victoria and Albert Museum’s European galleries were opened to the public for the first time in nearly …

A divine passion

Art, Exhibitions

Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun was the most sought-after portraitist of the ancien régime. A retrospective at the Metropolitan Museum of Art rightly calls attention to her extraordinary talent rather than her gender. Comtesse de La Châtre (Marie Charlotte Louise Perrette Aglaé Bontemps; 1762–1848) by Elisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (1755–1842), 1789. Oil on canvas, 45 by 34 ½ inches. …

Léonard Boudin at the Flagler Museum

Editorial Staff

Palm Beach’s Henry Morrison Flagler Museum turned 50 last week. To commemorate this special anniversary, local collectors Leon and Charlotte Amar announced a generous gift of forty-one examples of fine and decorative arts from their collection. The Amar gift—the museum’s largest to date—is valued at $2,657,000, and includes European paintings, prints, French furniture and rugs, and Asian artifacts. Of note …