William Newton
William Newton
William Newton
William Newton is an Art Critic at The Federalist. Newton is a graduate of the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service, The University of Notre Dame Law School, and Sotheby’s Institute of Art in London. He lives in Washington DC. Learn more at wbdnewton.com and follow on Twitter @wbdnewton.
Alonso Berruguete’s Artwork Marked A Cultural Tipping Point In Renaissance Spain

Berruguete took the fruits of his Italian education and combined them with the tastes and traditions of Spain, resulting in art that, for the first time, was Renaissance in style but unmistakably Spanish in feeling.

Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s Legacy Was More Than Spooky Furniture

A new museum exhibit tells the tale of Charles Rennie Mackintosh, fostering an appreciation for his artistic collaborative efforts and his truly groundbreaking works of architecture and design.

Meet The Scheming Guardians Of Taste For America’s Nouveau Riche 100 Years Ago

Hard bargaining, sleight-of-hand, gambling, and an assortment of activities with questionable ethical or legal status were all part of the game in the art world a century ago.

Meet Leonardo Da Vinci’s Art Tutor, Andrea Del Verrocchio

‘Verrocchio: Sculptor and Painter of Renaissance Florence’ at the National Gallery of Art is the first comprehensive exhibition dedicated to this artist ever mounted in the United States.

How Activists Are Forcing Museums To Take a Long, Hard Look At Their Donors

In the past, displaying offensive art got you into trouble. These days, it’s not so much what you display, but rather who paid for the display, that’s increasingly problematic.

Smithsonian Exhibit Offers Glimpses Into Qing Dynasty Empresses’ Private Lives

Even if you’re not very knowledgeable about Chinese art, you’ll find this is an astonishing show—rich in beauty and history, well-curated, and leaving visitors wanting to learn more.

Savannah Museum Explores Rembrandt’s Biblical And Jewish Works

Even centuries after its creation, the works in this exhibition challenge us to think whether we are so very different or so much more advanced today than the people Rembrandt depicts.

Even As It Burned, Notre Dame Remained A House Of Prayer

Hundreds of Parisian Catholics, many of them young people, were kneeling together on the streets around the burning cathedral for hours, well into the wee hours of the morning.

The Little Artist Who Paints Big: Tintoretto Fills National Gallery Of Art

In this single work, Tintoretto manages to demonstrate his astonishing artistic skill, while simultaneously evoking the wealth and power of the Venetian Republic.

At The Frick, A Lesser-Known Old Master Plays With Portrait Conventions

The first major exhibition dedicated to Giovanni Battista Moroni’s work ever mounted in the United States opened recently at the Frick Collection in New York.

See How A Restorer Brought My Old Master Painting Back To Life

What happens when you come to own a very old painting that’s in need of some tender loving care? For pity’s sake, don’t break out the soap and water.

Big New York Exhibition Of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Artwork Leaves Out His Christianity

Always thinking about the mythology he was inventing, Tolkien would draw on any paper that came to hand as he imagined the peoples and cultures of Middle-earth.

Her Majesty’s Sculptor Alexander Stoddart On Art, Michaelangelo, And Instagram

‘Public art is an idiotic type of private art that should be in a whitewall gallery, safely away from the general public, amongst the cultural psychopaths to whom it ministers.’

Artist Henri Farré Documented The Birth Of Military Aviation In World War I

How the French artist and accidental aviator introduced people all over the world to the harsh realities faced by service members during World War I.

See The New Berthe Morisot Exhibit In Philly And Dallas, But Skip The Placards

A flawed new exhibition on the work of French Impressionist Berthe Morisot is still worth seeing. It’s in Philadelphia, then Dallas, before arriving in Paris.

Spaniard Defaces 15th-Century Religious Statue In Name Of ‘Restoration’

As you may have seen in the news, there’s been another art ‘restoration’ incident, this time in the village church at Rañadorio, in the northwest Spanish region of Asturias.

How Two Of History’s Greatest Artists Reimagined The Earth As Map Makers

It’s fascinating to think about what these maps by Leonardo da Vinci and Albrecht Dürer have meant to the history of mankind.

Visit The Rockies And The Alps In One Location At Newark Museum

The Newark Museum’s new exhibition provides an enlightening examination of two simultaneous currents in nineteenth-century American and European art.

Francisco De Zurbarán’s Jacob And 12 Sons Are Perfect Viewing For Holy Week And Passover

‘Zurbarán’s Jacob and His Twelve Sons,’ a current Frick exhibit, brings together for the first time in this country 13 monumental paintings of the biblical patriarch Jacob and his 12 sons.

Is ‘The Last Da Vinci’ Really Worth $450 Million?

So is Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ worth $450 million? I don’t think that’s the real question—or at least, it’s not the ultimate one.