Edgar Degas, Two Dancers at Rest or Dancers in Blue, c.1898

 

Recent links of note:

ISIS Destroys Mosum Museum Collection and Ancient Assyrian Statues
Benjamin Sutton, Hyperallergic
Luckily, many of the statues were replicas, but the group has moved on to burning books and ancient manuscripts.

Why digital natives prefer reading in print. Yes, you read that right. 
Michael S. Rosenwald,The Washington Post
Kids these days, with their completely understandable reactionary tendencies... 

A Reputation More Durable Than Marble
Adam Kirsch, Standpoint Magazine
Has ambition become unethical? Today, writers no longer seek immortality through their work. (Except for yours truly, of course—I expect you'll be reading these long after I'm gone. Right?)

The man who made Monet: how impressionism was saved from obscurity
Michael Progder, The Guardian
The French dealer Paul Durand-Ruel not only spotted talent, but promoted it indefatigably.  

Edmund Burke's Enduring Relevance
Gerard Wilson, Quadrant Online
"Burke’s conception of reason and human society provides intellectual tools to meet the radical political theories that are undermining the polities of the West." We at TNC agree, which is why our Award for Service to Culture and Society is bestowed in his name. Join us at this year's gala

 

From our pages:

The Boston Raphael
Marco Grassi
A review of The Boston Raphael: A Mysterious Painting, an Embattled Mueseum in an Era of Change, and a Daughter's Search for the Truth by Belinda Rathbone

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