Art In America

Before Realism

In the seventeenth century, French painters Valentin de Boulogne and the Brothers Le Nain used lessons drawn from Caravaggio to initiate a closer observation of everyday scenes and characters. 

Pitiless Bronze

A touring exhibition of Hellenistic bronzes, now at the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., reveals the surprising degree to which late Greek art and social life were devoted to matters of surface.

From the Archives: The Realist Criminal and the Abstract Law

Perhaps the realist–antirealist polarity is simply a sub-category of a still more encompassing evaluation of experience itself. Ever since antiquity, purified essences have been considered higher than material specifics, the Idea nobler than its...

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