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December 2022 Volume CXCVI No– 714

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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

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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


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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