Capodimonte in Naples

Herewith, in chronological order, my ten personal favorite works from the Museum of Capodimonte in Naples: Colantonio del Fiore, St. Jerome in his Study (1446). Best of the Naples artists featured upstairs; fun detail and warm, cuddly lion. Botticelli, Virgin Mary with Child and Angels (1469). I can’t get enough of the early delicious Botticelli, […]

Art in Florence

Florence is a veritable Disneyland of Renaissance art, with commensurate gelaterias and boutiques scattered among the rides. As with Disneyland, one doesn’t want to miss an attraction, which inevitably leaves the visitor exhausted by the experience, even if one has five days, as we just did, to see it all. Although this was my third […]


I gave the much-maligned Museum of Modern Art the benefit of my doubt by signing up for a discounted “senior New York in May” membership en route to a quick tour of the current exhibitions. Taking the elevator to the sixth floor I entered the lobby area of temporary shows, where a mass of seated […]

Van Dyck at the Frick

The exhibition of works by Anthony Van Dyck at the Frick Collection is really two shows – one extraordinary, one middling. In three downstairs rooms and one small cabinet upstairs, the Frick has assembled works on paper from the world’s great collections that show how perceptive and nimble, not to mention brilliant, Van Dyck was […]