There's no need to squint at the work of Guercino

Mar 26, 2015

There's no need to squint at the work of Guercino

by C.B. Liddell

History has not been kind to Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, the Italian Baroque painter who is better known by his artistic nickname, Guercino — “the Squinter.” Despite being one of the acknowledged greats of European painting during one of its finest periods, in recent times ...

'Guercino'

Feb 26, 2015

'Guercino'

by Daisuke Kikuchi

March 3-May 31 Despite fame during his time, Giovanni Francesco Barbieri (1591-1666), best known as Guercino, was later dismissed and forgotten as artists began to reject academic traditions and genres shifted. Since the mid-20th century, however, there has been a rediscovery and re-appreciation of ...

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

Dec 25, 2013

Best of the West tops this year's major shows

by C.B. Liddell

Japan occupies an odd niche in the art world. Its own indigenous artistic traditions are balanced against an almost fanboy fascination with certain aspects of the canon of Western art, while there is an often half-hearted attempt to stay plugged into the global contemporary ...

A Michelangelo appetizer

Oct 9, 2013

A Michelangelo appetizer

by C.B. Liddell

This has been quite a year for fans of Renaissance art in Japan, with all three of its giants — Leonardo da Vinci, Raphael, and now Michelangelo — featuring in exhibitions. While the da Vinci show was weak in content and the Raphael quite ...