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Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors

My article “Tintoretto and His Jewish Neighbors: Art historians have almost completely ignored the many connections between the great Old Master and the Jews of Venice. Is there more to be said?” appears in Mosaic magazine.

False Attributions Have Beleaguered Tintoretto’s Reputation. Three New Museum Shows Hope to Change That

My article “False Attributions Have Beleaguered Tintoretto’s Reputation. Three New Museum Shows Hope to Change That” appears in artnet. Several works at the three Tintoretto shows at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, feature corrected attributions.

(Sojourners) At the National Gallery, a Family History On Display

Three saints. Della Robbia. A post shared by Menachem Wecker (@mwecker) on Jan 31, 2017 at 7:27am PST My article “At the National Gallery, a Family History On Display” appears in Sojourners magazine. Here’s the lede: At first encounter with the National Gallery of Art’s Della Robbia exhibition in Washington, D.C., viewers must look up, […]

(National Catholic Reporter) ‘Divine Beauty’ exhibit traces religious art’s ‘rebirth’

My article “‘Divine Beauty’ exhibit traces religious art’s ‘rebirth’” appears in National Catholic Reporter. As it appears in a special NCR section (which isn’t posted on the paper’s website), I’m embedding the piece, which reviews a Palazzo Strozzi show, below: ‘Divine Beauty’ exhibit traces religious art’s ‘rebirth’ by Menachem Wecker (If you’d like to subscribe […]

(National Catholic Reporter) “Luminaries dialogue in Florence’s redesigned cathedral museum”

My article “Luminaries dialogue in Florence’s redesigned cathedral museum” appears in the Nov. 20 – Dec. 3 issue of National Catholic Reporter. Since the piece doesn’t appear online, I’m embedding it below: "Luminaries dialogue in Florence’s redesigned cathedral museum" by Menachem Wecker (If you’d like to subscribe to NCR, you can do it via this […]

(Art Newspaper) Meet the new guard: How the Uffizi’s first foreign director plans to modernise the museum

My article “Meet the new guard: How the Uffizi’s first foreign director plans to modernise the museum” appears in Art Newspaper. Here’s the lede: When Italy’s minister of culture called Eike Schmidt early one morning in August to offer him the job as director of Florence’s Uffizi Gallery, “I thought maybe I was still dreaming”, […]

(JTA) Italy’s only female rabbi is on a mission to expand the tribe

My article “Italy’s only female rabbi is on a mission to expand the tribe” appears in the Jewish Telegraphic Agency.

A Spice Box Fit for a Pope

…A recent museum acquisition, the [Jewish spice] box was created between 1798 and 1810 by Giovacchino Belli (1756-1822), then Rome’s leading silversmith who typically worked for Pope Pius VII and for aristocrats. (The artist’s work is also represented in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Cooper Hewitt, and includes other Jewish […]

Exhibit encourages viewers, religious and secular, to ‘Meet Mary’

One of the best places to learn about the tools and techniques that medieval artists employed to create illuminated manuscripts is their depictions of saints writing and illustrating sacred texts. In art, when St. Luke represents the Virgin, he typically clutches a paintbrush or quill in his hand, and he often stands or sits at […]

Donatello exhibition heading to Museum of Biblical Art in New York

My article “Donatello exhibition heading to Museum of Biblical Art in New York” appears in the Washington Post.

  • Selected articles

    NMAAHC "The Imitation Game: Are museums being clear enough with the public about what’s real and what’s fake?" Washington Post Magazine. March 3, 2019.

    Bobby Fischer gravestone "Searching for Fischer’s Legacy." Chess Life magazine. March 2018. (PDF file).

    Jules Olitski star "A Memorial That Knows Its Biblical History." Wall St. Journal. Sept. 22, 2017.

    CIA art collection "Infiltrating the CIA’s Secret Art Collection." Playboy. Jan./Feb. 2017.
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