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.
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.

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.