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

‘Truly the end of an era’ – a tribute to Jacob Rothschild (1936–2024)

The financier and philanthropist’s greatest achievement may have been his service to the arts, at Waddesdon Manor and as chair of the National Gallery

1 Mar 2024

Conservation targets – Hubert and Jan van Eyck, as we’ve never seen them before

New research and restoration offers fresh insights into the work of the Flemish masters

9 Nov 2023
Andrea Odoni (1527), Lorenzo Lotto. Royal Collection Trust.

Lorenzo Lotto finds a winning streak

Long undervalued in comparison to his peers, the Renaissance painter now has the critical esteem he deserves in the form of a fine catalogue

24 Oct 2022
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