December 2022 Volume CXCVI No– 714
33 Collectors’ Focus
Emma Crichton-Miller on gold-ground paintings 36 Inquiry
Robert Barry wonders if contemporary artists can give comedians a run for their money 40 Architecture
Timothy Brittain-Catlin on how the Edwardians updated baroque architecture for the British Empire 43 Food
Thomas Marks samples Tate’s ‘Cézanne-inspired’ menu 45 Wine
Christina Makris on the history of mulled wine
Features 46 Poetic licence
Clare Bucknell on how scenes from English literature inspired the Gothic fantasies of Henry Fuseli 56 Shepherds’ Delight
Jean Cadogan tells Apollo what makes Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Adoration of the Shepherds so unusual among nativity scenes 62 Art and the AIDS Crisis
Charles Darwent considers the provocative response of British artists to the epidemic 70 Reframing the Fitz
Luke Syson, director of the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge, talks to Edward Behrens about the future of the museum ilan
Cover Adoration of the Shepherds, 1485, Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448/49–94), tempera and oil on panel, 167 × 167cm. Santa Trinita, Florence. Photo: Scala, Florence See feature on pp. 56–61
APOLLO DECEMBER 2022
11 Editor’s Letter 12 Agenda
December highlights, including the renovated Art Gallery of New South Wales and festive exhibitions 19 Letter
Emilie Bickerton investigates the unsettling links between cinema and spying 23 In Perspective
Hettie Judah on the natural beauty of stones 27 Art Market
Jane Morris considers the future of NFTs after the crypto crash
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