December 2022 Volume CXCVI N–o 714

33 Collectors’ Focus

Emma Crichton-Miller on gold-ground paintings

36 Inquiry

Robert Barry wonders if contemporary artists can give comedians a run for their money

40 Architecture

  • Timothy Brittain-Catlin on how the Edwardians updated baroque architecture for the British Empire

43 Food

  • Thomas Marks samples Tate’s ‘Cézanne-inspired’ menu
  • Wine Christina Makris on the history of mulled wine


  • Poetic licence Clare Bucknell on how scenes from English literature inspired the Gothic fantasies of Henry Fuseli
  • Shepherds’ Delight Jean Cadogan tells Apollo what makes Domenico Ghirlandaio’s Adoration of the Shepherds so unusual among nativity scenes
  • Art and the AIDS Crisis Charles Darwent considers the provocative response of British artists to the epidemic

70 Reframing the Fitz

  • Luke Syson, director of the Fitzwilliam in Cambridge, talks to Edward Behrens about the future of the museum

Courtesy Matteo Salamon, Milan

CoverAdoration of the Shepherds, 1485, Domenico Ghirlandaio (1448/49–94), tempera and oil on panel, 167×167cm. Santa Trinita, Florence.

Photo: Scala, Florence

See feature on pp.56–61

  • Editor’s Letter
  • Agenda December highlights, including the renovated Art Gallery of New South Wales and festive exhibitions
  • Letter Emilie Bickerton investigates the unsettling links between cinema and spying
  • In Perspective Hettie Judah on the natural beauty of stones
  • Art Market Jane Morris considers the future of NFTs after the crypto crash