Judith H. Dobrzynski
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Masterpiece: A Man Among Gods
The Gemma Augustea, the finest and almost the largest cameo that survives from antiquity, celebrates Augustus and Roman triumph.

September 22, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal

Caesar Augustus (63 B.C.-A.D. 14), the founder and great expansionist of the Roman Empire, the architect of the Pax Romana, the creator of a golden economic age, the instigator of grand civic structures, was also an eminent patron of the arts. In the years leading up to his death, he—or a supporter, perhaps?—commissioned a magnificent cameo glorifying his deeds. It is surely the finest and almost the largest cameo that survives from antiquity.

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Rembrandt, master printmaker—and shrewd market manipulator
Denver Art Museum's exhibition of the Old Master's prints looks at how he intentionally made "rarities" for his collectors

September, 2018  •  The Art Newspaper

Rembrandt is cast not only as a master printmaker of glorious works, but also as a canny market manipulator in the Denver Art Museum's latest show, Rembrandt: Painter as Printmaker. "Rembrandt intentionally made rarities for his admiring collectors, who sought out rare states," says the co-curator Timothy Standring, who organised the show with Jaco Rutgers, co-editor of the catalogue raisonné of Rembrandt's etchings, completed in 2014. The scholarship behind the exhibition stems largely from that project.

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'Hedda Sterne: Printed Variations' Review: Elevating the Everyday
Though grouped with the Abstract Expressionists, she cut a different path.

August 20, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal

Fort Worth, Texas

On first impression, visitors to " Hedda Sterne : Printed Variations" might be tempted to think of Cézanne's fixation on the apple: The Sterne lithographs that occupy a long wall here at the Amon Carter Museum of American Art were inspired by a head of crinkly lettuce.

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'Sargent and Chicago's Gilded Age': Dazzling Art With a City Connection
The Art Institute of Chicago brings together Sargent paintings linked to the city via ownership, subject or exhibition history

August 13, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal


During his 69 years, John Singer Sargent visited Chicago just twice: in 1876, when at age 20 he came with his family, and then in 1916 when he stopped briefly on his way to a painting expedition in the Rocky Mountains.

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Review: Understanding A Complex Aesthetic
An exhibition explores the paradoxes of the pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood by presenting its works alongside older masterpieces.

July 30, 2018  •  The Wall Street Journal

San Francisco

In 1848, more than a dozen years before artists in Paris rebelled against the French Academy to create Impressionism, William Holman Hunt, Dante Gabriel Rossetti and John Everett Millais —aged 21, 20 and 19—launched a very different artistic revolt in London. Deriding the formulaic teachings of the Royal Academy and calling Sir Joshua Reynolds, its revered first president, "Sir Sloshua" to mock his free, brushy, grand style of painting, the trio, plus four lesser lights, started a secret society to advance a new aesthetic.

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