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Francisco de Zurbarán’s Veil of Veronica at the MFAH

August 18, 2019

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The wall label next to Francisco de Zurbarán’s (1598-1664) Veil of Veronica, c. 1630s, in the Sarah Campbell Blaffer galleries of The Museum of Fine Arts Houston reminds viewers of the image’s iconography: “According to an early medieval legend, a pious woman named Veronica wiped the sweat from Christ’s face on the way to Calvary, […]

A Road Trip and The American Landscape

December 9, 2017

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  As I drew my own line through space, I noticed the road. 3,500 miles of painted highway lines disappeared into my dashboard, and I thought of Robert Penn Warren’s hypnotic opening image in All the King’s Men: “You look up the highway and it is straight for miles, coming at you, with the black […]

Exhibition Review: Watteau’s Soldiers at the Frick Collection

July 28, 2016

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“Watteau’s Soldiers: Scenes of Military Life in Eighteenth-Century France,” now on view at the Frick Collection, presents twenty or so works created around the War of the Spanish Succession, an early subject for an artist far better known for his fêtes galantes, those rich scenes of courtship and masquerade that catalogue an entire Baroque iconography. […]