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Reserve and pity almost meet in Andrew Marvell

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September 2011, no. 334

Andrew Marvell: The chameleon by Nigel Smith

Yale University Press, $55.95 hb, 416 pp

Reserve and pity almost meet in Andrew Marvell

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September 2011, no. 334

In 1629, Charles I of England sent Daniel Nys to Europe to buy art. Along with works by Titian and Rubens, Nys bought Mantegna’s masterpiece, The Triumphs of Caesar (1486–92). This work on nine large panels is at once sombre and full of wonders. Of its time the most accurate representation of Roman customs and costumes, it is also a work in which precision has a strange effect, almost of tenderness. Still hung at Hampton Court, it was one of only a few works that Cromwell kept after the regicide.

Lisa Gorton reviews 'Andrew Marvell: The chameleon' by Nigel Smith

Andrew Marvell: The chameleon

by Nigel Smith

Yale University Press, $55.95 hb, 416 pp

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