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Wall Street Journal 10 June 2011



Strange Characters — The Wall Street Journal, May 16, 2013

An architect working in his spare time bested experts in linguistics, classics and archaeology deciphering an ancient script. Jonathan Lopez reviews Margalit Fox's "The Riddle of the Labyrinth: The Quest to Crack an Ancient Code."


Apollo June 2011



All Saints — Apollo, April 2013

Jonathan Lopez savours an exhibition that unites most of the surviving panels from Piero della Francesca's Sant'Agostino altarpiece.

Wall Street Journal March 5, 2011



A Great Museum Enters a New Golden Age — The Wall Street Journal, April 11, 2013

The Rijksmuseum, the Dutch National museum of art and history, has undergone a top-down renovation that even accomodates Amsterdam's famous bicyclists reports Jonathan Lopez.


Art & Antiques Nov 2009



Snake Charm — Art & Antiques, March 2013

The art of the northern European avant-garde movement CoBrA can be seen more clearly today than 50 years ago, when politics clouded the picture writes Jonathan Lopez.


Art & Antiques May 2010



Relishing the Embellishments — Art & Antiques, February 2013

A circus tycoon's museum gives Paolo Veronese's flamboyant stagecraft center ring writes Jonathan Lopez.


Wall Street Journal



The Kid Stayed in the Pictures — The Wall Street Journal, December 7, 2012

A sober portrait of a witty artist whose life was more troubled and more troubling than his fans would ever have imagined. Jonathan Lopez reviews Deidre Bair''s "Saul Steinberg."


Wall Street Journal 10 June 2011



A Place Apart for an Irascible Painter— The Wall Street Journal, November 30, 2012

A new museum in Denver is dedicated to an artist who demanded his work be shown in isolation. Jonathan Lopez reviews Dean Sobel and David Anfam's "Clyfford Still: The Artist's Museum."


Wall Street Journal March 5, 2011



An Oil-Rich Revolution— The Wall Street Journal, November 21, 2012

An exhibition at the Museum Boijmans-Van Beuningen in Rotterdam offers a rare chance to see a nearly complete display of early Netherlandish painting. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


Art & Antiques February 2010



Talking Pictures: How Van Gogh Became "Van Gogh"- Art & Antiques, November 2012

Denver Art Museum curator Timothy Standring speaks with Jonathan Lopez of Art & Antiques about the making of an exhibtion.


Wall Street Journal



Gift Guide 2012: Art — The Wall Street Journal, November 16, 2012

Jonathan Lopez recommends books for the holiday season, including a lavish volume on bronze sculpture.

Art & Antiques March 2010



Haarlem Renaissance - Art & Antiques, October 2012

Cornelis van Haarlem, the "Dutch Michelangelo," made history by painting it, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Art &  Antiques Summer 2010



Palace of Dreams - Art & Antiques, September 2012

Facteur Cheval's Palais Ideal is a mesmerizing work of outsider architecture, a French national treasure and a monument to an imagination that knew no bounds writes Jonathan Lopez.


Wall Street Journal March 5, 2011



Masterpieces by the Yard — The Wall Street Journal, August 3, 2012

"Caveat Emptor" is an astonishing memoir, as the book's subtitle has it, of "the secret life of an American art forger." Jonathan Lopez reviews.

Apollo July-August 2011



Landscape as Pretext — Apollo, July-August 2012

Jonathan Lopez savours an exhibition that reveals the extent of the ambition behind the Symbolist movement.

apollo magazine June 2012



Master of Transient Matter — Apollo, June 2012

Jonathan Lopez reports on the first exhibition ever devoted to the 17th-century Dutch painter Cornelis Bega.


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DeSilva's 'Cliff Walk' a Chilling Murder Mystery — Jonathan Lopez for the Associated Press, May 27, 2012

In his Edgar Award-winning first novel, "Rogue Island," published in 2010, Bruce DeSilva introduced readers to the affable Liam Mulligan, a crime-solving Rhode Island metro reporter for the fictional Providence Dispatch...


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Lifting the Veil — Art & Antiques, May 2012

The Van Gogh Museum’s chief curator of exhibitions, Edwin Becker, discusses an exhibition on Symbolist landscape painting with Jonathan Lopez.


Apollo March 2012



A Jewel Restored — Apollo, March 2012

The collection of artist Hendrik Willem Mesdag is best known today for its Barbizon and Hague School masterpieces. Mesdag's personal museum - overseen by the Van Gogh Museum - has recently been refurbished, revealing the pinnacle of Dutch fin-de-siècle interior design and the artist's refined tastes, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Apollo March 2012



Faces of the Renaissance — Apollo, March 2012

Jonathan Lopez reports on a New York-Berlin exhibition of Italian Renaissance portraits that includes many highlights but is badly let down by its accompanying publication.


Wall Street Journal



Bed, Bath and Before — The Wall Street Journal, February 25, 2012

Divided into sections on the kitchen, bedroom, bathroom and living room, historian Lucy Worsley's "If Walls Could Talk" chronicles British domestic life since the Middle Ages. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


Wall Street Journal 10 June 2011



A Matter of Perspective — The Wall Street Journal, February 15, 2012

"Van Gogh Up Close," at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, presents a show about the artist's radical viewpoints, with little to say about how he achieved them. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


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Author Tells Tale of Famed Bloch-Bauer Portrait — Jonathan Lopez for the Associated Press, February 8, 2012

In 1907, when Austrian artist Gustav Klimt painted his famed portrait of the Viennese socialite Adele Bloch-Bauer, he could not have known that the sophisticated world inhabited by the sitter's wealthy Jewish family would be destroyed by the Nazi takeover of the country in 1938...


New York TImes



The Measure of All Things— The New York Times, February 5, 2012

In "Da Vinci's Ghost," Toby Lester, a contributing editor at The Atlantic, examines one of the artist's most famous images. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


Art & Antiques February 2012



Face Time - Art & Antiques, February 2012

Metropolitan Museum of Art curators Keith Christiansen and Andrea Bayer discuss the rise of portraiture in Renaissance Italy with Jonathan Lopez.


Wall Street Journal March 5, 2011



Masterpiece: Revolutionary Militia— The Wall Street Journal, January 7, 2012

In "The Night Watch" (1642), Rembrandt reinvented the static tradition of group portraiture by marrying a sense of civic identity to the grandeur of historical narrative in a dynamic composition that stands as one of the highest achievements of Baroque art and of Western painting, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Wall Street Journal



Earthy Grandeur — The Wall Street Journal, December 31, 2011

"Pieter Bruegel," a superb and sumptuous monograph, presents the paintings of a Flemish artist known for his landscapes and depictions of peasant life. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


Wall Street Journal 10 June 2011



A Peaceable Canvas — The Wall Street Journal, December 17, 2011

In "Velázquez and the Surrender of Breda," longtime New Yorker writer Anthony Bailey chronicles the artist's life and career in the light of Spain's political and social history. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


Wall Street Journal March 5, 2011



Gift Guide: The Best of Art Books — The Wall Street Journal, November 19, 2011

Jonathan Lopez on the best art books of the year, from "A History of the World in 100 Objects" to the lavish catalog "Alexander McQueen: Savage Beauty"—a surefire hit with any fashionistas on your gift list.


Wall Street Journal



Masterpiece: Beware of Catching the King's Eye — The Wall Street Journal, October 22, 2011

Opulent living at the Château de Vaux-le-Vicomte aroused the suspicions of Louis XIV, who imprisoned the owner for embezzlement, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Wall Street Journal 10 June 2011



A Stranger to Himself — The Wall Street Journal, October 15, 2011

A mammoth new biography by Pulitzer Prize-winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith vividly reconstructs the twin stories of Van Gogh's searing art and turbulent life. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


art & antiques october 2011



Eureka! - Art & Antiques, October 2011

Beneath the surface of a medieval manuscript, conservators have discovered lost texts and diagrams by Archimedes, showing how far ahead of his time the ancient Greek scientist was, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Wall Street Journal March 5, 2011



One Master Mines Another — The Wall Street Journal, August 23, 2011

"Rembrandt & Degas," currently at the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam before traveling to Massachusetts and New York, reveals how the early efforts by Degas to forge a personal style were deeply influenced by Rembrandt. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


Wall Street Journal



The Look of Salvation — The Wall Street Journal, August 11, 2011

"Rembrandt and the Face of Jesus," at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, offers a fascinating narrative of artistic innovation and spiritual growth, as we witness the master's evolving depiction of Christ, writes Jonathan Lopez.


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Why Stealing a Rembrandt Seldom Pays Off — Jonathan Lopez for the Associated Press, July 10, 2011

"Stealing Rembrandts: The Untold Stories of Notorious Art Heists" (Palgrave Macmillan), by Anthony M. Amore and Tom Mashberg: In 1997, a gang of criminals escorted Boston Herald Sunday Editor Tom Mashberg to an undisclosed warehouse...


Apollo July-August 2011



Marvels of 'Magisterium' — Apollo, July-August 2011

An exhibition devoted to the medieval cult of relics highlights concepts key to the development of Western civilisation, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Wall Street Journal 10 June 2011



A Never-Ending Treasure Hunt — The Wall Street Journal, June 10, 2011

In "Killer Stuff and Tons of Money," Maureen Stanton discovers unsettling truths about the antiques trade as she slips in and out of flea markets and auctions with a self-taught master dealer. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


Apollo June 2011



Painter of Life— Apollo, June 2011

Jonathan Lopez applauds an exhibition at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C., that reveals why we should look more closely at Gabriel Metsu's painterly skills.


Art News May 2011



The French Evolution, ARTnews, May 2011

"And the Show Went On: Cultural Life in Nazi-Occupied Paris" by Alan Riding, Knopf, 416 pages, $28.95

To practice their professions under Nazi rule, French artists, writers, and performers had to walk a fine line--as former New York Times cultural correspondent Alan Riding makes clear in his elegantly composed overview of the period. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


Art & Antiques May 2011



Talking Pictures: The Merits of Metsu, Art & Antiques, May 2011

Eclipsed by his countryman Vermeer more than a century ago, Gabriel Metsu is overdue for a re-assessment, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Wall Street Journal March 5, 2011



An Intimate Modernist, The Wall Street Journal, April 29, 2011

"Romare Bearden, American Modernist" Edited by Ruth Fine and Jacqueline Francis, National Gallery of Art, 304 pages, $70.

Romare Bearden once said his goal was to depict "the life of my people as I know it," and today he is justly recognized as one of the great visual chroniclers of the African American experience, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Wall Street Journal



Masterpiece: A Physical Place of Enchanting Illusion, The Wall Street Journal, April 9, 2011

Situated in the elegant Dutch city of The Hague, the Panorama Mesdag--a 360-degree painted view of the beach and dunes at Scheveningen--is a masterpiece of 19th-century art so simple that a child can love it yet sophisticated enough to beguile adults, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Wall Street Journal 19 March 2011



A Painter in Her Own Right, The Wall Street Journal, March 19, 2011

"Lee Krasner" by Gail Levin, William Morrow, 546 pages, $30.

Gail Levin's biography of Lee Krasner places the artist firmly in the movement of Abstract Expressionism, arguing that Krasner also ensured Jackson Pollock's posthumous success. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


Wall Street Journal March 5, 2011



Collecting as a Fine Art, The Wall Street Journal, March 5, 2011

"Golden" by Frederik J. Duparc, Yale University Press, 404 pages, $65.

"Golden," surveys a collection of 17th-century Dutch and Flemish paintings that Eijk and Rose-Marie van Otterloo have assembled over the past two decades. Jonathan Lopez reviews.


Wall Street Journal



A Brush with Greatness, The Wall Street Journal, December 16, 2010

Bookshelf: "A Real Van Gogh" by Henk Tromp, University of Amsterdam Press, 351 pages, $49.50.

Chester Dale donated his Van Gogh to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., where it hung as the real thing until 1984, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Boston Globe Dec 12, 2010



Unlucky in love and life but undaunted and original in her art Jonathan Lopez, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe, December 12, 2010

"Alice Neel: The Art of Not Sitting Pretty," by Phoebe Hoban, St. Martin's, 512 pp., illustrated, $35: Alice Neel enjoyed the greatest second act in the history of American art...


Globe Dec 5, 2010



Saga of three kings of architecture Jonathan Lopez, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe, December 5, 2010

"Triumvirate: McKim, Mead & White - Art, Architecture, Scandal, and Class in America's Gilded Age," by Mosette Broderick, Knopf, 581 pp., illustrated, $40: On the night of June 25, 1906, architect Stanford White attended the opening...


Apollo December 2010



Dutch Delights— Apollo, December 2010

Jonathan Lopez is seduced by the first show in 45 years of the 16th-century master Jan Gossaert at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.


art & antiques december 2010



Talking Pictures: Grace and Beauty — Art & Antiques, December 2010

Author Judith Dupré explores the range of the Virgin Mary’s incarnations in art, writes Jonathan Lopez.





The Splendid Spoils of Standard Oil Jonathan Lopez, The Wall Street Journal, November 20, 2010

"America's Medicis," by Suzanne Loebl, 429 pp., illustrated, $34.99: In the fanciful 1953 film "Bienvenido Mister Marshall," director Luis Berlanga envisioned America's aid to Spain as Santa Claus dropping bags of presents from a gleaming silver airplane. Within the realm of institutional arts funding, the Rockefeller family...


Boston Globe - Nov. 7, 2010



Portrait of an artist Jonathan Lopez, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe, November 7, 2010

"Grant Wood: A Life," by R. Tripp Evans, Knopf, 402 pp., illustrated, $37.50: In 1930, artist Grant Wood achieved sudden national fame with “American Gothic,’’ his iconic painting of a pitchfork-wielding farmer and a stern, black-clad woman posed before a Victorian farmhouse...


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Architectural historian offers vivid picture of Virgin Mary in 'Full of Grace' Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, November 3, 2010

"Full of Grace: Encountering Mary in Faith, Life, and Art" (Random House, $40), by Judith Dupre: In this wide-ranging and lavishly illustrated volume...


Magazine Antiques Nov 2010



Uncompromising Truth— The Magazine Antiques, November/December 2010

On the occasion of an exhibition in Washington, Jonathan Lopez discusses Ruskin, the Pre-Raphaelite movement, Victorian photographers and the aesthetics of veracity.


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'Rogue Island' evokes drama of crime reporting Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, October 11, 2010

"Rogue Island" (Forge Books, $24.99), by Bruce DeSilva: Metro reporter Liam Mulligan gets no respect from City Hall as he uncovers a deadly arson conspiracy...


Art & Antiques - October 2010



Talking Pictures: Points of Departure — Art & Antiques, October 2010

Spanish modernist Joan Miró's 1928 trip to Amsterdam sent him on a journey to the 17th century and back, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Boston Globe Sept. 6, 2010



Historian goes behind palace doors Jonathan Lopez, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe, September 6, 2010

"The Courtiers: Splendor and Intrigue in the Georgian Court at Kensington Palace," by Lucy Worsley, Walker & Co., 432 pp., illustrated, $30: In her appearances on BBC television, historian Lucy Worsley has shown herself to be an engaging...


Art & Aniques September 2010 Jonathan Lopez on the Hyde collection



Hyde in Plain Sight— Art & Antiques, September 2010

Tucked away in rural Upstate New York, the Hyde Collection is a distinctive museum with a distinguished history, writes Jonathan Lopez.


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'Displaced Persons' spins hypnotic tale of postwar survival Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, August 11, 2010

"Displaced Persons" (William Morrow, $25.99), by Ghita Schwarz: In this powerful debut novel, author Ghita Schwarz, a child of Holocaust survivors...


Art &  Antiques Summer 2010



Stealing and Dealing— Art & Antiques, Summer 2010

Retired G-man Robert Wittman speaks to Jonathan Lopez about the real motivations behind art theft.


Apollo July-August 2010



The Iceman Cometh— Apollo, July-August 2010

Jonathan Lopez visits an exhibition of Hendrick Avercamp's winter landscapes at the Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam, and the National Gallery of Art, Washington, D.C.


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FBI agent writes memoir about solving art crimes Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, June 2, 2010

“Priceless: How I Went Undercover to Rescue the World’s Stolen Treasures” (Crown, 336 pages, $25), by Robert K. Wittman: In this stunning autobiography, former FBI undercover agent Robert K. Wittman...


Art & Antiques June 2010



Talking Pictures: Cops and Counterfeiters— Art & Antiques, June 2010

An exhibition at the American Numismatic Society chronicles the evolving artistry on both sides of the law, writes Jonathan Lopez.




Castelli's life and influence on modern art Jonathan Lopez, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe, May 29, 2010

"Leo and His Circle: The Life of Leo Castelli," by Annie Cohen-Solal, translated from the French by Mark Polizzotti, Knopf, 576 pp., illustrated, $35: From the mid-1950s until his death in 1999, Leo Castelli, the renowned New York gallery owner...


Art & Antiques May 2010



Talking Pictures: A Forger's Fears— Art & Antiques, May 2010

Mark Forgy, longtime companion of forger Elmyr de Hory, speaks with Jonathan Lopez about the benefits and liabilities of living with one of the world's most notorious art criminals.


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Author shows role of Betsy Ross in creating Stars and Stripes was complex, elusive Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, April 29, 2010

“Betsy Ross and the Making of America” (Holt. 480 pages. $30.00), by Marla R. Miller: Every American schoolchild knows the legend...

Art & Antiques April 2010



Talking Pictures: Art Work — Art & Antiques, April 2010

Jonathan Lopez speaks with New York painter and draughtsman Stephen Talasnik about the challenges of earning a living as an artist.


Apollo April 2010



Ringing the Changes — Apollo, April 2010

Jonathan Lopez welcomes an exhibition organised by the Ringling Museum, Sarasota, Florida, and now at the the Marble House, Newport, Rhode Island, that explores the legacy of France's historical revivalism in the 19th-century.


Art & Antiques March 2010



Talking Pictures: Modernizing the Mauritshuis— Art & Antiques, March 2010

Director Emilie Gordenker is taking the venerable Dutch museum into the internet age while preserving its understated elegance, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Boston Globe February 6, 2010



Chronicling a Grand Diamond Heist Jonathan Lopez, Globe Correspondent, The Boston Globe, February 6, 2010

"Flawless: Inside the Largest Diamond Heist in History," by Scott Andrew Selby and Greg Campbell, Union Square, 336 pp., $24.95: No safe, however secure, is impregnable. No criminal scheme, however cunning, is foolproof...


Art & Antiques February 2010



Talking Pictures: A Life in Letters — Art & Antiques, February 2010

A new annotated edition of Vincent van Gogh's letters reveals the full scope, depth, and context of the artist's correspondence, writes Jonathan Lopez.


Art & Antiques January 2010



Talking Pictures: Sons, Fathers and Forefathers — Art & Antiques, January 2010

Jonathan Lopez speaks with author Henry Adams about Jackson Pollock, family ties and the nature of influence.


Boston Globe December 27, 2009



Michelangelo, redefined: This detailed portrait of the master brings to life the man but not his times Jonathan Lopez for The Boston Globe, December 27, 2009

William Wallace, a professor of art history at Washington University in Saint Louis, is widely considered America’s preeminent authority on Michelangelo. In an array of scholarly books and articles...


Art & Antiques December 2009 



Talking Pictures: Christmas Present, Christmas Past — Art & Antiques, December 2009

For the first time in two decades, the Brooklyn Museum unveils James Tissot's monumental series "The Life of Christ," writes Jonathan Lopez.


Apollo Review Luis Melendez at LA County Museum by Jonathan Lopez



Master of Light Apollo, November 2009

An exhibition now in Los Angeles goes to the heart of 18th-century Spanish still-life painter Luis Meléndez, who sought fame and fortune but had to settle for mere greatness, writes Jonathan Lopez.

Art & Antiques Nov 2009



Talking Pictures: The Scholar Dealer — Art & Antiques, November 2009

Otto Naumann, America's preeminent dealer in Dutch Old Master paintings, puts his knowledge to work for his clients, writes Jonathan Lopez.

AP Review: The Bauhaus Group



New book puts spotlight on the Bauhaus movement Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, October 29, 2009

“The Bauhaus Group: Six Masters of Modernism” (Knopf. 544 pages. $40.00), by Nicholas Fox Weber: In this informal group biography, art historian Weber...

Art & Antiques October 2009



Talking Pictures: Maid in Manhattan — Art & Antiques, October 2009

At long last, Vermeer's enigmatic "Milkmaid" is on view in the U. S., writes Jonathan Lopez.




"The Man Who Loved Books Too Much" stole them Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, September 21, 2009

Over a period of about ten years, book collector John Gilkey of Modesto, Calif., acquired an impressive array of rare first editions...

Boston Globe September 6, 2009



Rescuing Rembrandt: "Monuments Men" and "Venus Fixers" recount how Allied soldiers and scholars saved cultural treasures from destruction and the Nazis Jonathan Lopez for The Boston Globe, September 6, 2009

During the darkest days of World War II, a ragtag band of British and American art scholars braved the battlefields of Europe to rescue thousands of cultural treasures...

Art & Antiques September 2009



Talking Pictures: The Great Debate — Art & Antiques, September 2009

An exhibition in Washington on the late 15th/early 16th century Venetian sculptor Tullio Lombardo revives a Renaissance argument between painters and sculptors, writes Jonathan Lopez.

Apollo Magazine July-August 2009



Rivals in Venice — Apollo, July / August 2009

An ambitious attempt to chart how the careers of Titian, Tintoretto and Veronese intertwined presents all three artists in a novel - and not always flattering - light, writes Jonathan Lopez.

Art & Antiques Summer 2009



Talking Pictures: Curatorial Logic — Art & Antiques, Summer 2009

Rafael Viñoly's expansion of the Cleveland Museum of Art fulfills the promise of the original design, writes Jonathan Lopez.

Journal of Art Crime July 2009



Seven Eighths Underwater — Journal of Art Crime, July 2009

Jonathan Lopez discusses the methodology for researching historical art crime, where the facts - like seven eighths of an iceberg - are generally hidden from view.

Art & Antiques June 2009



Talking Pictures: Revolutionary Road — Art & Antiques, June 2009

In Mexico, Edward Weston made waves with photography, not politics, writes Jonathan Lopez.

Apollo June 2009



Relaxing on the River — Apollo, June 2009

An exhibition focusing on Gustave Caillebotte’s depictions of water captures the essence of his art, writes Jonathan Lopez.

Errol Morris at New York Times



Bamboozling Ourselves (and More Bamboozling) — New York Times, May 27 - June 17, 2009

Academy Award winning documentary filmmaker Errol Morris interviews Jonathan Lopez for a seven-part series on the Van Meegeren case and the Netherlands during World War II.

Jonathan Lopez on Ter Brugghen at the NGA, Art & Antiques May 2009


Talking Pictures: A Holland-America Line— Art & Antiques, May 2009

The National Gallery's acquisition of a major Ter Brugghen opens a window on the history of taste, writes Jonathan Lopez.

Boston Globe review by Jonathan Lopezof "Vanished Smile" and "The Crimes of Paris"



Lady vanishes: two books on the Mona Lisa theft Jonathan Lopez for The Boston Globe, May 17, 2009

On Aug. 21, 1911, a journeyman laborer named Vincenzo Peruggia surreptitiously unhooked Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" from the walls of the Louvre and headed off to a service stairwell...


The Essential Vermeer Interview with Jonathan Lopez


Interview -- The Essential Vermeer, April 2009

Jonathan Lopez discusses his new book, "The Man Who Made Vermeers," with Jonathan Janson at

Apollo March 2009


Pride of Place -- Apollo, March 2009

Jonathan Lopez visits a show at the Mauritshuis and the National Gallery of Art that teases out the meanings behind the Dutch tradition of 'town views'.

US New & World Report March 26, 2009


Madoff's Moment -- U.S. News & World Report, March 16, 2009

Psychologically, the New York financial scam is reminiscent of great art forgery swindles of the past, writes Jonathan Lopez.

Art & Antiques March 2009


Andrew Wyeth -- Art & Antiques, March 2009

Upon the occasion of the artist's death, Jonathan Lopez looks back at A & A's coverage of the 'Helga' contretemps of 1986 and assesses Wyeth's legacy.

Gardner Heist review for AP



"Gardner Heist" author turned sleuth posits plausible theories about world's largest art theft -- Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, Feb. 22, 2009

Just after midnight on March 18, 1990, two men wearing police uniforms knocked on the door of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, informing the guard on duty that they had received a complaint about a disturbance on the premises...


Apollo February 2009


The Light of God -- Apollo, February 2009

An exhibition of Van Gogh’s night scenes opens this month in Amsterdam after its New York showing. As Jonathan Lopez explains, it draws attention to the neglected religious background to these paintings.

ARTnews January 2009


A Legacy of Plunder -- ARTnews, January 2009

A new book lays bare the entire paintings collection of Hitler henchman Hermann Goering, reports Jonathan Lopez.

Apollo January 2009


Out of the Shadows -- Apollo, January 2009

Far from playing second fiddle to Rembrandt, Jan Lievens was a virtuoso innovator in his own right throughout his long career, as an exhibition in Washington demonstrates, writes Jonathan Lopez.






"Unholy Business" spins a good yarn about faith, fraud, and forgery --Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, November 6, 2008

In November 2002, an article in The Biblical Archaeology Review heralded the discovery of an ancient Judean ossuary — a limestone box intended for the storage of human remains. The story was immediately picked up by CNN, ABC and many of the world's major newspapers. Attention of that kind is quite rare in the sleepy precincts of archaeology, but this was no ordinary ossuary...


Apollo October 2008




The Met After Montebello -- Apollo, October 2008

Philippe de Montebello, director of the Metropolitan Museum, New York, since 1977, retires at the end of this year. As the museum prepares to mark the event with an exhibition of acquisitions made over the last 31 years, Jonathan Lopez assesses the de Montebello legacy and considers the museum's future under its newly appointed director, Thomas P. Campbell.






"Going Dutch" offers a thought-provoking look at relations between England and the Netherlands -- Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, September 26, 2008

In November 1688, Prince William of Orange, the elected leader of the Dutch republic, set sail from the port of Hellevoetsluis in command of a 450-ship invasion fleet bound for England...

Apollo September 2008


Art in an Age of Ease -- Apollo, September 2008

An exhibition organised by the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, and now at the Nasher Museum of Art, makes a bold and persuasive case for the artistic achievements of the neglected reign of Philip III of Spain, writes Jonathan Lopez.

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Fakery Behind Closed Doors -- De Groene Amsterdammer, August 29, 2008

Han van Meegeren was not a misunderstood genius; he was a forger down to the bone. He was also a Nazi sympathizer and collaborator. As the historian Jonathan Lopez--whose new biography of Van Meegeren has just appeared in America--explains, this too went hand in hand with Van Meegeren's career in fraud. (subscription site; article in Dutch)


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A Forger's Masterpieces -- by Jonathan Lopez (International Herald Tribune) August 11, 2008

Smart, knowledgeable people can sometimes be taken in by attractively packaged products of little inherent value.








Impersonator of Noel Coward, Humphrey Bogart, others comes clean in memoir about her forgeries Jonathan Lopez for The Associated Press, July 31, 2008

"She is a bright, talented actress," Noel Coward once wrote of Julie Andrews, "and quite attractive since she dealt with her monstrous English overbite."

Pure Coward — except that it isn't. Banged out on an old Olympia typewriter in 1991, this quote was invented by Lee Israel, the screwball literary forger of Manhattan's Upper West Side. During an improbable crime spree lasting approximately 18 months, Israel impersonated...


Apollo July-August 2008



Van Meegeren's Early Vermeers -- Apollo, July-August 2008

Jonathan Lopez reveals that three 1920s fake Vermeers are by the notorious forger Han van Meegeren, who, far from being an independent operator, was part of a slick operation of organised art fraud.

Apollo June 2008


National Treasure -- Apollo, June 2008

Revered in his native Spain, Antonio Lopez Garcia is little known outside it. An exhibition in Boston could change that, writes Jonathan Lopez.



Apollo March 2008


A Skilful Charmer -- Apollo, March 2008

At the Rijksmuseum, the first monographic exhibition ever devoted to Karel du Jardin reveals a versatile painter with a taste for the good life, writes Jonathan Lopez.

Apollo Jan 2008


Protestant Virtues -- Apollo, January 2008

To mark the publication of a catalogue of its Dutch paintings, the Metropolitan Museum of Art is showing its entire collection, writes Jonathan Lopez.

Apollo Dec 2007




Gross False Pretences: The Misdeeds of Art Dealer Leo Nardus -- Apollo, December 2007

Several of the greatest collectors of Old Master paintings in turn-of-the-century America were sold fakes or wildly misattributed works by Leo Nardus. Drawing on newly discovered documents, Jonathan Lopez explains how Nardus was exposed and discusses the impact of his chicanery on the art market.


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The Master Forger and the Fascist Dream -- De Groene Amsterdammer, September 29, 2006

The famed art forger Han van Meegeren found Nazism quite appealing. He made paintings for the occupation government and proudly dedicated these works to Hitler at public exhibitions. Deceit, wrath, and treachery were like second nature... The American historian Jonathan Lopez is working on a biography of Han van Meegeren that is scheduled to appear in two years' time. In the course of his research, Lopez has discovered large numbers of previously unknown documents that cast a revealing light on Van Meegeren's personality, on his work as an artist and forger, and on his relationships--for instance, with prominent members of the Liberal State Party, one of whom, Gerard A. Boon was duped into acting as a strawman for Van Meegeren in the sale of forgeries. The notorious investigation into Van Meegeren's wartime collaboration--part of the complex and disorderly postwar purge process--has always been surrounded by riddles. The central question was to what extent Van Meegeren really embraced Nazi ideology. In the article below, Lopez reveals that Van Meegeren's sympathies were far browner than has generally been assumed... (Subscription site; article in Dutch. English translation available as Pdf at Scribd.)




Pod Cast Podcast: Jonathan Lopez discusses "The Man Who Made Vermeers" with Faith Middleton on WNPR, Connecticut Public Radio.

Pod Cast

Podcast: Jonathan Lopez discusses "The Man Who Made Vermeers" on ABC Radio National's "Late Night Live" with Phillip Adams.

Pod Cast Podcast: Jonathan Lopez discusses Vermeer and Old Master forgery at the National Gallery of Art, Washington, as part of the NGA's "Notable Lecture" series.

Jonathan Lopez on the case of Han van Meegeren:
Lecture filmed November 11, 2009 at the Cleveland Museum of Art

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