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Art critic Brian Sewell praises Ashgate publications in the London Evening Standard

Posted by Beth Whalley, Marketing Executive

Art critic Brian Sewell recently identified a selection of his favourite art books for an article in the London Evening Standard. Among them were two Ashgate publications: The Ashgate Research Companion to Giorgio Vasari, and The Borghese Collections and the Display of Art in the Age of the Grand Tour.

ARC to Giorgio VasariOf the former, Sewell writes that it is “a collection of deeply scholarly essays on a key figure in Renaissance studies and his legacy as art historian, artist and academician – the coal face of art history.” The volume, published to coincide with the 500th anniversary of Vasari’s birth, brings together studies of Vasari’s life and works by the world’s foremost experts as well as up-and-coming scholars in order to provide a comprehensive assessment on the current state of Vasari scholarship.

The latter, published in 2008, is praised for discussing “the impact of the most important private collection in Rome in the age of the Grand Tour, in the setting of then contemporary art.” Identified as “essential reading” by caa.reviews and a “meticulous account” by the Times Literary Supplement, the book provides a comprehensive study of the late-eighteenth-century redecoration of the exhibition spaces at the Borghese palace and villa in Rome and the reinstallation of the family’s art collection.The Borghese Collections

Sewell rounds off his account: ‘everyone interested in art scholarship should keep an eye on Ashgate publications.’ Start browsing at www.ashgate.com/art, where you can download our 2015 catalogue, access information on our latest publications, read about the list, and more.

Was art in ancient times always plundered art?

In the 30th September issue of the TLS, Mary Beard asks “was art in ancient times always plundered art?”. The article also contains a nice mention for Carole Paul’s book The Borghese Collections and the Display of Art in the Age of the Grand Tour, which was published by Ashgate late last year.

Other reviews of Carole Paul’s book:

‘Meticulously researched and clearly written…fills a vital niche in the expanding field of Italian Settecento studies and the history of European museology.’
Jeffrey Collins, The Bard Graduate Center, USA

‘This is a work of tremendous distinction and is a vital key to our growing understanding of the art and culture of the eighteenth century.’
Christopher Johns, Vanderbilt University, USA