Pablo Picasso, The Women of Algiers (Version ‘O’), 1955.

Sold for $179.4 million at Christie’s this week, an all-time record.

 

Recent links of note:

Columbia students claim Greek mythology needs a trigger warning
Michael E. Miller, Washington Post
Just wait until they get to actual history. 

What's the point of a professor?
Mark Bauerlein, The New York Times
"When college is more about career than ideas, when paycheck matters more than wisdom, the role of professors changes. We may be 50-year-olds at the front of the room with decades of reading, writing, travel, archives or labs under our belts, with 80 courses taught, but students don’t lie in bed mulling over what we said. They have no urge to become disciples."

Art has ceased to be beautiful or interesting—but we are more obsequious than ever to artists. 
Stephen Bayley, The Spectator
Luckily for you, discerning reader, here at TNC we call it as we see it. 

Landspeak
Robert Macfarlane, Orion Magazine
"Chatroom" overrides "cygnet" and "broadband" kills "bluebell." The language of nature is falling out of use. 

WHO issues best practices for naming new human infectious diseases.
World Health Organization
Are you of Iberian descent and offended by the Spanish Flu? WHO stands with you. 

 

From our pages:

Donatello & friends at the Duomo
Marco Grassi
On “Sculpture in the Age of Donatello" at The Museum of Biblical Art.