Old Masters

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Rubens's 'Massacre of the Innocents' in the Thomson Collection at the Art Gallery of Ontario

The recent rediscovery of Rubens’s Massacre of the Innocents offers an important opportunity to reassess the painter’s early career. Of Rubens’s works immediately following his return to Antwerp in 1608, it is the most assured, achieving a remarkable complexity both compositionally and emotionally. More

An Ardent Patron: Cardinal Camillo Massimo and his Antiquarian and Artistic Circle

This book examines the collecting practice and patronage of Camillo Massimo (1620–1677) in the context of the society that produced him, and demonstrates how his importance lies not simply in his own activities as a patron and collector, but in his role as an active force promoting particular artists and enterprises in Rome and in his legacy and impact on the following century. More

Caravaggio's Eye

This account concentrates on the controversial subject of Caravaggio's technique. It places his highly original innovations in the context of the scientific studies of the time, above all those orchestrated by his early patron, Cardinal Del Monte. This very close reading of Caravaggio's early works in the light of contemporary experimental thinking is richly illustrated with details and comparisons. More

Twombly and Poussin: Arcadian Painters

Accompanying a unique exhibition at Dulwich Picture Gallery, London, of the work of Nicolas Poussin and Cy Twombly, who sadly died on 5 July this year, this book is "so unusual and its theme so enduringly relevant, especially now, that it truly should not be missed" (The Spectator). More

Van Dyck at the Wallace Collection

The Wallace Collection commemorated the 400th anniversary of Van Dyck's birth with this publication. The book examines Van Dyck's artistic achievement through the in-depth study of a selection of paintings, including portraits of Philippe le Roy, his teenage bride Marie de Raet and Isabelle Warbecke, wife of painter Paul de Vos, as well as his lyrical work, The Shepherd Paris. More

Peter Lely: A Lyrical Vision

Sir Peter Lely (1618–1680) was Charles II’s Principal Painter and the outstanding artistic figure of Restoration England. When Lely arrived in England in the early 1640s his ambition was to be a painter of narrative scenes and not to work as a portraitist. However, the ‘subject pictures’ did not find favour with many English patrons and he produced less than thirty. As Lely’s friend Richard Lovelace explained, all they wanted was ‘their own dull counterfeits’ or portraits of their mistresses. More

Renaissance and Baroque Bronzes from the Hill Collection

This richly illustrated and beautifully produced scholarly catalogue of the superlative collection of Renaissance and Baroque bronze figurative statuettes from the Hill Collection, accompanies an exhibition of the collection at The Frick Collection, New York, opening late January 2014. More

Deaf, Dumb & Brilliant: Johannes Thopas, Master Draughtsman

Until recently, the Dutch draughtsman Johannes Thopas, who was born in 1626 both deaf and dumb, was only known to a small group of connoisseurs, dealers and collectors. However, his remarkable, subtle and technically refined portrait drawings on parchment deserve a wider audience. This handsome publication, the first devoted to his work, will prove to be an eye opener for many art lovers. More

Cornelius Johnson

A small in-focus book on the significant but hitherto under-studied English-born portrait painter Cornelius Johnson. Johnson’s portraits are of exceptional quality, and, uniquely for a British artist of this period, he worked on every scale, from large groups to miniatures. More

Adriaen van de Velde: Dutch Master of Landscape

Accompanying the first ever exhibition devoted to the Dutch painter and draughtsman Adriaen van de Velde (1636–1672), this is also the first monograph on the artist – one of the finest of the Dutch Golden Age. The Art Newspaper billed the exhibition as one of their top picks of 2016 and it has been nominated for a 2016 Global Fine Art Award. More

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