New National Gallery Director Penny nixes blockbuster shows

Nicholas Penny, the new director of London’s National Gallery, said yesterday that the 184-year-old institution had a duty to display art with which the public is unfamiliar rather than yet another parade of a famous artist’s greatest hits. The Times art correspondent Dalya Alberge speaks with Penny about the forthcoming exhibition of the Italian Divisionists. … read more… “New National Gallery Director Penny nixes blockbuster shows”

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Jonathan Jones dubs “Renaissance Siena” souvenir shop kitsch

“Renaissance Siena: Art for a City,” National Gallery, London. Through Jan. 13. A hundred paintings, sculptures, drawings, manuscripts and ceramics are presented. Artists include Matteo di Giovanni, Francesco di Giorgio, Benvenuto di Giovanni, the Master of the Legend of Griselda, Signorelli, Pintoricchio and Beccafumi. In The Guardian, Jonathan Jones suggests that the curators are chasing … read more… “Jonathan Jones dubs “Renaissance Siena” souvenir shop kitsch”

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Paintings in the National Gallery: national heritage, art-historical legacy or status symbols?

Chris Bryant reports in The Times: “The news that seven major artworks on loan to the National Gallery, London, might be sold and may leave the country has a depressing air of inevitability. They are magnificent pieces. Titian’s Portrait of a Young is a serene early portrait, less fleshy than others, sparse in colour yet … read more… “Paintings in the National Gallery: national heritage, art-historical legacy or status symbols?”

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