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By John K. Howat

The wonderful catalog of the exhibition equipped through the Metropolitan Museum. The well-written essays, through Met curators, chart the 19th-century upward push and fall of the 1st local tuition of panorama portray. The catalog contains lots of the famous and lots of lesser-known Hudson River photos, mentioned extensive for either experts and generalists. The booklet is well-organized and well-indexed, and, whereas now not breaking nice new floor, is extremely advised. The plates are quite often stable.

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I could never like anything by the Surrealist, Yves Tanguy, for example, but I find his contemporary, Salvador Dalí, to be full of magnificence, even if it’s wildly inconsistent and always on a jokey level. He is magnificent in the way that certain comedians are magnificent. Dalí and Tanguy share a generalized, horrible, paint-killing technique, but within the ghastliness Dalí often manages to come up with surprises of colour, space and form. Of course the overall wackiness of imagery is what Dalí is known for, and this is indeed where his power lies.

However, across the Mediterranean the Greeks did not have such religious constraints. They learnt to copy Egyptian art and then, seemingly out of nowhere, set it free from its shackles. Attributed to The Dinos Painter The Death of Aktaion, c. 2 cm (19½ in) high Private Collection THE PAINTING As punishment for watching the naked goddess Artemis bathing, Aktaion is transformed into a stag. His own hunting dogs rip him apart. This classic myth of sex and violence was later adopted by the Romans, and endlessly re-created in later European art.

From this time until the twentieth century the country was ruled by successive foreigners, her first native culture dead. Egyptian School, Roman Period Portrait of a Man. 8 cm (15¼ in) high Private Collection Attributed to Yan Liben b. AD 600; d. China AD 673 Emperor Wudi of Northern Zhou Dynasty, from the ‘Thirteen Emperors’ scroll. 7th century Ink and colour on silk 51 × 531 cm (20 × 209 in) – total size Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Denman Waldo Ross Collection THE PAINTING Most ancient Chinese painting, like that of the Ancient Greeks, has vanished without trace.

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