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Luca della Robbia

Luca della Robbia

Luca della Robbia was the head of a long line of Florentine sculptors who created works of tin-glazed terracotta sculpture. His great skill was in giving a previously unknown brightness and fixedness to polychrome decoration, and he gave his figures deep feeling, an intensity of expression, and realism.

Ernest Cole

Ernest Cole

Inspired by the American Civil Rights movement, Ernest Cole documented the systematic effects of apartheid on black life in South Africa. He often had to hide his camera and disguise himself in order to document scenes that the authorities hoped to censor.

In this update, Benezit publishes 112 emendations.

Dulwich Pink Gallery

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Benezit continues to feature new and revised biographies of women artists, as well as updates to articles on top-selling figures in today’s art market.