Like the Low Countries, these works punch well above their weight, and we should all be grateful to the Folger family for helping to bring them to us.
It’s nice to finally return to some of the nation’s best art museums, but the experience isn’t the same without the jostle, noise, and company of others.
What I found was not only far more complex than I had anticipated, but also challenging to my preconceptions of Edgar Degas as little more than the Maurice Chevalier of painters.
‘Raphael and His Circle,’ which opened recently at the National Gallery of Art, brings together works from the museum’s collections of prints and drawings by the master and his associates.
In this single work, Tintoretto manages to demonstrate his astonishing artistic skill, while simultaneously evoking the wealth and power of the Venetian Republic.
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