'A tremendously good idea, very well done … a masterpiece of concision'
Times Literary Supplement
'Enthusiasm, charm, wit, elegant style and an unerring eye … 'In Search of a Masterpiece' is, itself, a very quiet, very British masterpiece'
Judith Flanders, Daily Telegraph
'Exactly the companion you would wish to take with you on a museum crawl: knowledgeable, urbane and discreetly impatient with dense art-historical lingo'
Kathryn Hughes, Guardian
'An inspiring selection … Beautifully crafted, unobtrusively erudite, generously detailed without ever losing sight of the picture itself, these essays are models of art-historical writing and a sustained pleasure to read'
The Art Newspaper