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.
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.

How To Enjoy Art In An Age Of Selfies

Many art institutions are torn between the potential advantages of digital mass media, and the lurking dangers its use poses to both their collections and to art appreciation overall.

Our Obsession With Midcentury Modern Design Is Out Of Control

There’s nothing wrong with Midcentury Modern design and open-concept houses. But we shouldn’t forget the artistry and beauty of older designs, either.

Saint Stephen’s Day Is A Moment To Reflect On Our Witness And Immortality

This gives us the chance to look at some beautiful objects, delve into history, and reflect on why the martyrdom of a first-century Christian is still relevant almost 2,000 years later.

Discover What 3 Classic Paintings Secretly Say About The Meaning Of Christmas

Let’s consider three works by three Old Master painters that depict three important moments in the story of Christ’s birth, and just so happen to feature some tiny text.

What Artists See In Donald Trump And Hillary Clinton

Now is a good time to consider where the two main candidates stand, not on the issues, but in the eyes of the art world.

Big Museums Need To Stop Hoarding Treasures Nobody Ever Sees

Thousands of museum-owned objects are sitting in basements, warehouses, and storage depots around the world while their owners simultaneously plan expensive expansions and slash budgets.

Madrid Hosts Splendid 500th Anniversary Bosch Exhibition

Hieronymus Bosch remains one of the most fascinating painters who has ever lived. Madrid’s The Prado is holding a magnificent 500th anniversary commemoration.

The Frick’s Van Dyck Exhibition Is Weird But Good

Manhattan’s Frick Collection is featuring a rather disjointed collection of excellent art by the seventeenth-century portrait artist Anthony Van Dyck.

Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun: The Avatar Painter Of Marie Antoinette’s Day

Elizabeth Vigée Le Brun created attractive, engaging images that were designed to tell the viewer what the sitter wanted them to know.

Lincoln’s Favorite Photographer Illuminates Post-Civil War America

Alexander Gardner’s work not only covered portraits of the famous and infamous, the battlefields and the dead, but images of an America entering a new and very different age.

John Singer Sargent Reveals The Private Lives Of The Rich And Famous

Take the time to get to know the work of John Singer Sargent, which offers us a marvelous opportunity to learn how to look at art and at ourselves.