Tag: Italian art

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Villa Cerruti

Friday, May 17th, 2019 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

A little over a year ago I was in Turin for the announcement of one of the most remarkable private bequests ever handed to a museum of contemporary art. Francesco Federico Cerruti, a local industrialist who made his fortune from the perfect binding process that allowed the spines of books to be glued instead of […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Giorgio de Chirico: Major works from the Collection of Francesco Federico Cerruti

Friday, March 16th, 2018 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Giorgio de Chirico had an irrascible reputation but never lacked self-confidence. Although recognised as one of great modern artists, de Chirico (1888-1978) was a vehement opponent of Modernism. In his eyes, Cézanne, Matisse and Modigliani were no more than “pseudo-artists”, makers of infantile daubs. “Naturally,” he writes in his Memoirs, “in order to see and […]

Sydney Morning Herald Column

Italian Masterpieces

Saturday, June 21st, 2014 Sydney Morning Herald Column,

Among the great art museums of the world, the Prado in Madrid may not have the biggest or most comprehensive collection, but it has an exceptional array of masterpieces. To view the greatest paintings by Velázquez, Goya and other Spanish old masters, a visit to the Prado is obligatory. It is also the place to […]


The Prado and the World

Saturday, May 24th, 2014 Blog,

In 1982 I paid my first visit to the Museo del Prado in Madrid. Spain was still in the process of awakening from the Franco era, which ended with the dictator’s death in 1975, and its museums were poor and neglected. The Prado was a cold, austere place with a stupendous collection. In a single […]

Art Essays

Renaissance in Canberra

Saturday, January 7th, 2012 Art Essays, International Art, Sydney Morning Herald Column,

There will be some in Canberra who find it ironic that Ron Radford is hosting a show devoted to the Renaissance at the National Gallery of Australia, when his first significant act as director in 2006 was to send the museum’s small collection of Old Masters on permanent loan to Sydney, Melbourne and Adelaide. As […]

Art Essays


Friday, July 1st, 2005 International Art,

For three days in summer, every other year, an unruly crowd of artists, critics, curators, dealers and collectors descends on Venice for the opening of the Biennale – the world’s premier contemporary art event. The networking and partying goes on at a furious pace, as the art luminaries separate the stars from the also-rans, deciding […]