‘They love you still’

Cy Twombly and the spectre of antiquity
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April 2021, no. 430
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Cy Twombly: Making past present edited by Christine Kondoleon with Kate Nesin

MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, US$65 hb, 264 pp

‘They love you still’

Cy Twombly and the spectre of antiquity
by
April 2021, no. 430
Empire of Flora, Cy Twombly, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (agefotostock/Alamy)
Empire of Flora, Cy Twombly, Hamburger Bahnhof Museum, Museum für Gegenwart, Berlin, Germany (agefotostock/Alamy)

If you were fortunate enough to take Franz Philipp’s course in Medieval and Renaissance Art at the University of Melbourne in the 1960s – the old Fine Arts B – you would have quickly encountered Erwin Panofsky’s masterpiece, Renaissance and Renascences in Western Art (1960). It set forth authoritatively the argument that from the Carolingian revival in the eighth century through the Ottonian and Romanesque survivals, culminating in the Italian Renaissance of the quattrocento and cinquecento, Western art was haunted by the spectre of antiquity. Admiration for its mighty surviving works throughout western Europe turned steadily towards emulating them.

Patrick McCaughey reviews 'Cy Twombly: Making past present' edited by Christine Kondoleon with Kate Nesin

Cy Twombly: Making past present

edited by Christine Kondoleon with Kate Nesin

MFA Publications, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, US$65 hb, 264 pp

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