Remembering Queen Elizabeth II through the arts

 
 
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The many faces of the Queen
 
The many faces of the Queen
Queen Elizabeth II was the longest reigning monarch of the United Kingdom. It is no surprise, therefore, that she was one of its most portrayed. While her citizens are most familiar with the portrait of her by Robert Austin that appears on the pound notes, it is the other depictions that caused more attention. From Cecil Beaton to Lucian Freud, some of the greatest names of the late 20th century have captured the Queen's likeness and in so doing revealed different aspects of both the monarch and the monarchy.
 
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Elizabeth A. Kessler on the wonders revealed by the Webb telescope
 
Elizabeth A. Kessler on the wonders revealed by the Webb telescope
When NASA started a countdown to the release of the first colour images from the James Webb Space Telescope, it was a clear signal that the new cosmic views would be impressive. The history of images in science, however, has sometimes been a vexed one. Scientists have worried that visual representations might muddy or overshadow data-driven results. And while NASA eagerly curries positive attention, it remains extremely wary of bad press, especially around a much-delayed, far-over budget project such as the Webb.
 
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Jonathan Griffin on the book that revived Duchamp's reputation
 
Jonathan Griffin on the book that revived Duchamp's reputation
In 1959, Marcel Duchamp's career was in the weeds. Not that he minded much. He had largely abandoned making art almost 40 years earlier and, while he still dabbled in corners of the art world, full recognition had never really arrived. Plans for a retrospective at the Museum of Modern Art in New York were shelved in the 1940s; talk of another, at the Philadelphia Museum of Art a few years later, fizzled out. A monograph on Duchamp's work had never been published either. Which made the arrival, in late 1959, of Robert Lebel's illustrated monograph on the 72-year-old artist a major event.
 
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Acquisitions of the Month: August 2022
 
Acquisitions of the Month: August 2022
Apollo's monthly survey of the most important works to enter public collections shines a light on works that include an unusual devotional triptych from Spain and an inkstand integral to the Battle of Trafalgar.
 
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In the studio with... Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
 
In the studio with... Basel Abbas and Ruanne Abou-Rahme
At one of our older studios, someone left a big box of records outside our door. I've no idea who it was – we were on the third floor of our buildng and it was nowhere near anyone else's door. My first instinct was to throw them away – but then I thought, 'There's something for me in here'. And so I brought them into the house. I haven't looked through them – it's been five years now. I like the mystery.
 
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Michael Prodger on the restoration of Umbria's greatest museum
 
Michael Prodger on the restoration of Umbria's greatest museum
The Galleria Nazionale dell'Umbria (GNU) in Perugia is, says its director Marco Pierini, 'the most national civic museum in Italy'. It is a neat formulation for an institution otherwise hard to define. The GNU is undoubtedly one of Italy's great museums, but an entirely different creature from, say, the Uffizi, the Brera, the Vatican or the Capodimonte. It too has spectacular holdings but its collection is smaller, more wedded to its region, more specifically Italian and is particularly rich in trecento and quattrocento art – not necessarily the most come-hither periods for the majority of museum-goers.
 
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