James Hall

All Change, Please

Ovid and the Metamorphoses of Modern Art from Botticelli to Picasso


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Paul Barolsky is a freak – a tenured academic (professor of art history at the University of Virginia) who avoids footnotes; who writes bite-size paragraphs and mini-sections with startling headlines rather than structured chapters; who makes jokes and has jokey titles (Michelangelo’s Nose); who revels in lateral thinking, fast-forwarding and degrees of separation (‘From Ovid to Picasso Very Briskly’); and who loves to buttonhole the reader (‘Who Is This Book for?’).

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