Bruce Cole


Stormy Mood, Tempestuous Brushstrokes

Titian’s portrait of ‘Doge Andrea Gritti’ is in almost the same condition as the day it left the artist’s studio.

Jeff Koons’ Big Bunch of Banality

A proposed design for a memorial to victims of terrorism in Paris is contentless, ahistorical, lightweight, and just plain silly.

Unabashed Elitism

The chief reason to buy The Spectacle of Skill, a new anthology of Robert Hughes’s writings, is for Hughes’s memoir, though everything in it is worth reading for the first or the fifth time.

Flood of Memories

Recalling a historic flood that swept through Florence in 1966 and destroyed many of the city’s cultural treasures.

The Museums We Deserve

On the distinguishing qualities of two of Washington’s most prominent art venues.

‘Della Robbia: Sculpting With Color in Renaissance Florence’ Review

They were among the most accomplished of Florence’s Renaissance sculptors, making divine beauty out of humble materials.

All that’s Gehrish

Serious biographies probe deeply; they examine their subjects with a gimlet eye; they are rigorously analytical; they document their statements. They are fair and judicial. Building Art: The Life and Work of Frank Gehry does none of these things.

Guggenheim’s Throne

Museum press releases rarely boast about the purchase of a new toilet. The one recently acquired by the Guggenheim Museum, however, is no standard-issue Kohler.

What’s Wrong with the Humanities?

The humanities are declining because too many humanities scholars are alienating students and the public with their opacity, triviality, and irrelevance.

Breaking the Bonds of the Past

Hiram Powers’s ‘The Greek Slave’ helped shape American arts, politics and taste.