Art: England's Greatest Romantic

In scale, in scope, in sheer excellence, the Royal Academy's retrospective of the works of Joseph Mallord William Turner (which runs until March 2, 1975) is the most important art exhibition held in either England or the U.S. in the past five years. Two hundred years have passed since Turner was born in a cellar in Maiden Lane and his reputation has never ceased to grow. In this show, it gets its due from an institution that Turner always regarded with filial piety. There are 650 oils, watercolors, prints and drawings on view,...

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