A slice of upper-class nineteenth-century life on the lower east side
Museum Visit: French Provincial
Some of the best art museums in Europe are in small French cities from Normandy to the Riviera and from Brittany to the French Alps.
These tiny triumphs speak to human ingenuity, boundless reservoirs of patience, and painstaking craftsmanship in efforts where the slightest error will ruin the whole.
Of Meissen men…and women at the Frick
Vitreous, white, and often delicately translucent, porcelain was invented in China as early as the seventh century, but Western attempts to reproduce the Chinese miracle failed until the dawn of the eighteenth century, when the Saxon ruler Augustus the Strong pressed into his service the young Berlin alchemist Johann Friedrich Böttger and commanded him to enrich the Saxon coffers by …
The Victoria and Albert’s new look at “Europe 1600–1815”
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 …