'Outstanding … accurate, free from prejudice, always neat, often stimulating. No better introduction to Western painting has ever been produced '
'His clarity of thought, elegance of style and utter rightness in the way he presents his material show how this sort of book ought be written'
Times Literary Supplement
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The Burlington Magazine