Tobias Meyer takes bids for a Mary Cassatt painting during the evening Impressionist and modern sale at Sotheby’s New York last May. The picture sold for $1,352,000. SOTHEBY’S

‘Walking a Tightrope without a Net’

Auctioneers at evening sales create a sense of drama in performances that can range from buoyant to burlesque. Read More


The Case of the Escaped Spirit

Artworks are damaged in ways you would never imagine—careless movers, overenthusiastic cleaning persons, neurotic pets. And then there was the broken Joseph Cornell box. Read More

Looking at Art
A marble head of Caracalla, made at the end of his life or shortly after his death, in A.D. 217, shows the emperor as a rough-and-ready soldier. COURTESY METROPOLITAN MUSEUM OF ART

A Roman Emperor’s Tough Guy Image

The Met’s portrait of Caracalla is a consummate example of art as propaganda Read More