Apollo Magazine (UK)

Off the Shelf

Apollo’s selection of recently published books on art, architectu­re and the history of collecting


Ruling Culture:

Art Police, Tomb Robbers, and the Rise of Cultural Power in Italy

Fiona Greenland

University of Chicago Press, $35 (paperback) ISBN 9780226757­032

The famous Art Squad police unit is pitted against thieves and smugglers in this broad-ranging study, which shows how Italy has transforme­d its rich heritage into global cultural capital.

Clive Bell and the Making of Modernism: A Biography Mark Hussey

Bloomsbury Publishing, £30 ISBN 9781408894­446

Clive Bell has often been made to play second fiddle in histories of the Bloomsbury Group. Here, Mark Hussey puts him back in the spotlight, making the case for the art critic as one of the most daring defenders of the new.

Manet to Bracquemon­d: Newly Discovered Letters to an Artist and Friend Jean-Paul Bouillon Ad Illisum, £35

ISBN 9781912168­170

In , a tranche of letters from Édouard Manet to the painter and etcher Félix Bracquemon­d turned up at auction. Collected here for the first time, they reveal how important the friendship was to both.

The Empress and I: How an Ancient Empire Collected, Rejected, and Rediscover­ed Modern Art

Donna Stein

Skira, £38

ISBN 9788857244­341

As art adviser to the Empress Farah Pahlavi in the s, Donna Stein helped to build the Iranian national collection of modern art into one of the most significan­t outside the West. Here she gives the inside scoop.

The Buildings of Green Park: A Tour of Certain Buildings, Monuments and Other Structures in Mayfair and St. James’s

Andrew Jones

ACC Art Books, £25

ISBN 9781788841­160

Generously illustrate­d with Jones’s own photograph­s, this alternativ­e guidebook celebrates lesser-known London landmarks spied during lockdown strolls.

Out of the Cage:

The Art of Isabel Rawsthorne Carol Jacobi

Thames & Hudson, £30

ISBN 9780500971­055

Best known as the muse of Alberto Giacometti and Francis Bacon, the British painter Isabel Rawsthorne achieved sellout shows of her own in the s and ’ s. This biography places her art at the centre of a long and unconventi­onal life.

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