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The Hub of the World: Art in Eighteenth-Century Rome

A book published on the occasion of the namesake exhibition, with essays by Edgar Peters Bowron, Alvar González-Palacios, J. Patrice Marandel, and Melissa Beck Lemke.

Catalogue by Nicholas H.J. Hall. Edited by Alan P. Wintermute, with essays by Edgar Peters Bowron, Alvar González-Palacios, J. Patrice Marandel, and Melissa Beck Lemke.

ISBN: 978-1-7326492-5-5
Retail: $65

Edgar Peters Bowron is a leading expert in the paintings of 18th-century Rome. His career spans a number of prominent American institutions, notably as director of the North Carolina Museum of Art, director at the Harvard University Art Museums, Senior Curator of Paintings at the National Gallery of Art, and Curator of European Art at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston. Bowron authored the catalogue raisonné of Pompeo Batoni, among numerous exhibition catalogues and scholarly publications. He was the executor of Anthony M. Clark’s scholarly papers.

Alvar González-Palacios is an art historian specializing in Italian and French decorative arts. His extensive publications include catalogues for the Mus.e du Louvre, Museo del Prado, Scuderie del Quirinale and the Vatican Museums. In 2018, he was a guest curator for Luigi Valadier: Splendor in Eighteenth-Century Rome at the Frick Collection, where he has lectured, in addition to the J. Paul Getty Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, and across England, France, Spain and Italy.

Melissa Beck Lemke (Missy) is the Image Specialist for Italian Art in the National Gallery of Art’s Department of Image Collections where she has cared for over 16 million images since 1999. In addition to the Clark Archive, she has notably worked on the Kress Collection of Historic Images, the archives of Richard Offner and Foto Reali, and presented In the Library: Verrocchio, Connoisseurship, and the Photographs of Clarence Kennedy at the Gallery.

J. Patrice Marandel is the curator emeritus of European art at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, where he mounted key exhibitions on Caravaggio, Dürer and Cranach, among others, during his tenure between 1993-2017. He has also held curatorial positions at the Detroit Institute of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago. A native of Paris, he resides in Los Angeles.



Dr. Bettina Baumgärtel
W. Mark Brady
Enrico Colle
Dr. Jessica Feather
Alvar González-Palacios
J. Patrice Marandel
Marcus Marschall
Claudia Nordhoff
Alan P. Wintermute
Johnny Yarker