New articles on Titian, Sebastiano, Michelangelo, Raphael!

I’ve recently had a couple of scholarly articles published in two anthology volumes. I hope you will check them out.

One is a treatment, my most comprehensive yet, of Titian’s engagement with reproductive printmaking, from his scattered interactions with printmakers working after his designs and finished works in the earlier parts of his career, his involvement in Venetian literary circles from the later 1520s onwards and its manifestation in book illustration and print portraiture, to his increased collaboration with printers and printmakers issuing prints after his paintings from the 1550s onwards, culminating in his famous work with Cornelis Cort in the mid 1560s through 1571.

The article is included in the anthology Titian: Themes and Variations, edited by the great Peter Humfrey. It compiles new scholarship on Titian’s practice of replication and variation throughout his career and across media, written by many of the top scholars in the field. I’m honoured to be included.

The other article was developed from a conference paper I gave during covid for a Roman conference on Raphael in 2021, postponed like so many other things involving Raphael, from the anniversary year of 2020. It examines the close creative exchange, competition and mutual inspiration between Raphael, Sebastiano del Piombo and Michelangelo in Rome during the second decade of the sixteenth century and beyond. I have new things to say about Raphael’s appropriations from the Sistine Chapel ceiling, his and Sebastiano’s race to complete mural paintings in oil, the internal chronology of their respective renditions of the Transfiguration of Christ and a proposal about Michelangelo’s contribution to Sebastiano’s never-complete altarpiece for the Chigi chapel in Santa Maria della Pace.

It is published in the volume Himmlische und irdische Liebe: Ein anderer Blick auf Raffael, edited by Yvonne Dohna Schlobitten, Claudia Bertling Biaggini, Claudia Cieri Via, a rich compendium of work by a wide variety of scholars on this crucial period in the history of modern Western art.

Do take a look at either or both when you’re next at your academic library. I also recommend getting them for your own bookshelves of course, but realise that that is a longer shot.

Radio Rackham og Information: Adèle Blanc-Sec


Denne gang har vi selveste Benni Bødker i studiet til en snak om Jacques Tardis store serie om Adèle Blanc-Sec, som mesteren netop har afsluttet med bind 10 efter hele 46 år. Det var en fornøjelse af diskutere en så afholdt og så alligevel mærkelig serie med sådan en kapacitet. Lyt her og læs mere på Nummer 9.

Nåja, jeg anmeldte også det tiende og sidste bind, Babyen fra Buttes-Chaumont — og i forlængelse deraf hele serien — i Information. Det kan læses her.

Radio Rackham: The Spirit – Ten Minutes


Denne gang kigger vi grundigt på klassisk materiale: Spirit-historien “Ten Minutes” af Will Eisner og Jules Feiffer fra 1949. Det gør vi analytisk, så der bliver virkelig gået i detaljer, billede for billede og alt det der. Tun ind og check os ud — det bliver tabt ædelstene og salig Eisner og hans mesterværk. Lyt her og læs mere på Nummer9.

Michelangelo and Sebastiano on Italian radio!

Sebastiano del Piombo, Study of Martha and other figures for the Raising of Lazarus, 1517. Frankfurt, Städel

Last week I was a guest on the live culture evening broadcast og Italian Radio 3 along with my great colleague and friend Costanza Barbieri to talk about Michelangelo and Sebastiano del Piombo on the occassion of our new(ish) book The Compass and the Mirror. If you can deal with my pessimo italiano, I think it turned out pretty informative, especially due to Costanza’s presence there. And if you just can’t get enough, here’s the video of the book presentation we did at the Accademia San Luca last autumn.

Patricia Rubin on Raphael


Recently uploaded to my employer, The National Gallery’s youtube channel, this is a pleasant throwback to one of the joys of my working life last year: the Raphael exhibition and attendant events, such as this, the annual Linbury lecture, given by the great Patricia Rubin on the enduring afterlife of Raphael’s Madonna della Seggiola, today in the Palazzo Pitti in Florence. Director Gabriele Finaldi introduced Pat, who gave a knockout lecture, and I had the pleasure of discussing Raphael with her afterwards. Check it out here:

Radio Rackham: Tegneserieåret 2022


Så er det blevet tid til Radio Rackhams årsrevy! Vi fyrer op for nytårskur med masser af gæster, heriblandt Erik Barkman, Ida Dybdal, Felix Rothstein og Mads Bluhm i studiet og snakker om årets tegneserieudgivelser, året der gik på markedet, både i Danmark og internationalt samt diverse blasfemi- og pædofili-shitstorme. Lyt her og læs meget mere på Nummer9.

Godt nytår!

The Vision i Information


I fredagens bogtillæg til Information kunne man læse min anmeldelse af Tom King, Gabriel Hernández Walta og Jordie Bellaires Marvel-serie The Vision (2018) i den forholdsvis nyudgivne danske udgave fra Fahrenheit, oversat af Lars Kramhøft. Det er bl.a den, der har udgjort hjørnesten i tv-serien Wandavision fra 2021. Hermed en central passage, der forholder sig til seriens iscenesættelse af en androidefamilie med superkræfter som småborgere i en amerikansk forstad:

Parallellerne til virkelighedens etniske integration er åbenbar, men det kræver en vis tålmodighed at tilpasse allegorien syntetiske mennesker, der kan flyve, ‘fase’ deres kroppe, så de bliver immaterielle som spøgelser og i det hele taget besidder kræfter, der kan udslette alt omkring dem. Når det alligevel et langt stykke hen ad vejen lykkes, skyldes det, at historien søger at bruge netop dette koncept til at udforske vores normalitetsbegreb, og hvor ødelæggende det kan være, når det ophøjes til ideal.

Læs anmeldelsen her, hvis du har abonnement.

Radio Rackham: Frank


I den seneste episode vender vi tilbage til en gammel Rackham-favorit: Jim Woodring, der er aktuel med sin store, vanskelige syntese om forfatterskabets nøglefigur Frank, One Beautiful Spring Day. Det er en opsamling af Woodrings tre seneste bæger om Frank tilføjet 100 nye sider, der fundamentalt ændrer fortællingen. Han har selv beskrevet det som et forsøg på at genfinde sin forbindelse til den bevidsthed, der dikterer ham hans historier om Frank, efter han havde forbrudt sig mod den ved at lave om på sin figur Frank i netop de opsamlede bøger. Vi forsøger at vurdere og jeg synes det er blevet et af vores bedste afsnit. Lyt her og læs mere på Nummer9.