Archive for the ‘Reviews’ Category

Scripta Manent: News from the Medici Grand Dukes

Medici Maiolica Armorial Plate, 16th. c. (image V&A) By Andrea M. Gáldy –  Alessio Assonitis & Brian Sandberg, eds. The Grand Ducal Medici and their...

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A New Baron Munchausen

Gottfried Franz, “Munchausen Riding the Cannon Ball” circa 1896 (image public domain) By P. F. Sommerfeldt –  That far-fetched frolic of the rogue...

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It’s Raining – Bronzes ! Florence Exhibitions of Ancient Bronze 2015

Hellenistic or Roman, probably after Lysippos (Greek, c. 365-c. 310 B.C.)  Kimbell Art Museum, Fort Worth (courtesy of Florence Exhibition) By Andrea M. Gáldy...

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War! What Is It Good For? – Book Review

Battle Scene – recolored- on Trajan’s Column, Rome (Image Courtesy of National Geographic Media) By Jack Martinez –  War! What is it Good For?...

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Review: Irving Finkel’s The Ark Before Noah

Ottoman Period Noah’s Ark illumination from Sultanahmed Bazaar, Istanbul (Photo P. Hunt 2014) By Patrick Hunt –  The Atrahasis Flood Tablet I first...

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Odyssey from Iskenderun to Beirut to America: An Extraordinary Memoir in “The Way It Turned Out”

Iznik Tile, Gulbenkian Museum, Lisbon, Third Phase, 16th c. By P. F. Sommerfeldt –  Memoirs are by nature usually suspect; this one truly raises the bar....

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Turin’s Egyptian Museum

Turin’s Egyptian Museum

Egyptian Dancer painted  on limestone ostracon, XIXth Dynasty,  c. 1200 BCE, 20 x 15 cm, (Photo: P. Hunt 2012) By Patrick Hunt –  Every year for the past...

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Hannibal and Me: A Review

Hannibal and Me: A Review

  Hellenistic Marble Bust of Hannibal, likely from Capua, Italy (Photo in public domain ) By Patrick Hunt The subtitle of Andreas Kluth’s insightful book...

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Schall’s Historic Photos of Paris and Remembering Paris

Schall’s Historic Photos of Paris and Remembering Paris

By Staff Rebecca Schall's Remembering Paris, 2010 Rebecca Schall has published several fascinating photographic histories of Paris with stunning black and white...

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Turing’s Cathedral

Turing’s Cathedral

  Pantheon, 2012 By Staff George Dyson is a rare bird, descended from a long line of creative genius, rendering him more than merely sympathetic to genius as...

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