Essays

Glorious Victorian Art at Yale

by James F. Cooper

One of the handsomest architectural interiors at Yale University, in New Haven, Connecticut, is at the Yale Center for British Art. Designed by Louis I. Kahn (1901–74), its staid, box-like stone façade makes a striking contrast to the soaring, curved interior galleries and research facilities. The... More »

David d'Angers and the Making of the Modern Monument

by Meredith Bergmann

I met a traveller from an antique land,
Who said—“Two vast and trunkless legs of stone
Stand in the desert. . . . Near them, on the sand,
Half sunk a shattered visage lies, whose frown,
And wrinkled lip, and sneer of cold command,
Tell that its sculptor well those passions read... More »

Sicily

by Gail Leggio

Classical antiquity—“the glory that was Greece and the grandeur that was Rome,” in Lord Byron’s neat formulation—has long been considered the bedrock of Western civilization. But our understanding of that heritage is ever-changing, as archaeologists uncover fresh evidence and historians speculate about how to... More »

Public Memory and Social Conscience

by Donald Kuspit

Looking at the history of public sculpture, at its best, one notes that, until the modern period, it was largely realistic. Whether a portrait of a person or a generalization of a type, it was invariably a representation of a human being, body and soul seamlessly together. Ekkehard and Uta (c. 1250–60), standing upright on the... More »

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