Art: All the Italians

"Italy," wrote Critic Give Bell last April in The London Studio, "has not produced a great painter since Canaletto" (1697-1768), but before Canaletto Italy produced enough great painters for all time. To set forth the latter fact spectacularly to France and the world seemed to Henry de Jouvenel, brilliant French diplomat, journalist and Italophile, an admirable way for Italy and France to clasp hands more tightly against Adolf Hitler. Last week he had assembled in Paris' Petit Palais a collection of Italian old masters that was in fact "the greatest the world has...

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