David Ekserdjian is Professor of History of Art and Film at the University of Leicester

The Conversion of Mary Magdalene (c. 1661–62), Guido Cagnacci. Norton Simon Museum, Pasadena

Judging by his Old Masters, Norton Simon had a better eye than J. Paul Getty

Nicholas Penny’s survey of 17th- and 18th-century Italian paintings in the Norton Simon Museum reveals the astute figure behind the collections

2 Nov 2021
Lamentation over the Dead Christ (c. 1490/95), Sandro Botticelli.

Florentine painting in full colour

This catalogue of Florentine works in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich sets a new standard

2 Apr 2018
Portrait of a Young Man, (1565–70), Alessandro Allori,

Italian painting takes a bow in northern France

Picardy’s magnificent collections of Italian paintings shine in a series of exhibitions

22 Jul 2017
The new Cabinet d’Arts Graphiques of the Musée Condé at Chantilly

A dazzling new attraction at the Musée Condé at Chantilly

Visitors can finally enjoy the exceptional drawing collection, and explore previously-unseen rooms, in the elegant new Cabinet d’Arts Graphiques

5 Jun 2017

Why it’s time for someone to catalogue Fra Bartolommeo’s drawings

As an exhibition in Rotterdam shows, Fra Bartolommeo draughtsmanship is ravishingly beautiful

9 Jan 2017
Allegory of the Immaculate Conception (detail; 1566), Carlo Portelli.

Never mind the buttocks

An exhibition in Florence finally gives Carlo Portelli the attention he deserves

7 Apr 2016

Tullio Lombardo’s great but forgotten sculptures

A new publication by Anne Markham Schulz pieces together the story of the sculptor’s oeuvre

23 Dec 2015

Fitzwilliam Museum attributes two bronzes to Michelangelo

David Ekserdjian discusses the recent announcement

2 Feb 2015

Review: Baccio Bandinelli at the Bargello

Baccio Bandinelli is arguably the least loved major artist of the Renaissance. This is the ideal opportunity to reconsider his achievement

6 Jun 2014

Outstanding Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes at the Frick Collection

A small but exceptional display of bronzes from the Hill Collection

10 Mar 2014