The necessity to impress patrons tinges everything Sargent painted; ever the master of prestidigitation, even in his relaxed moments he is a thoroughly public artist. No other major painter’s manual dexterity is so central to his identity.
The Museum of Biblical Art closes its run with a memorable show of twenty-three works representing the pinnacle of Florentine sculpture in the early Renaissance, never before seen in this country until now.
Deane’s great skill was his ability to transcribe human forms from memory…. His owlish face was as quick to slyly smile as it was to cloud over, for he was at once one of the most brilliant and emotionally kinetic people I’ve ever known.