Art is the only serious thing in the world. And the artist is the only person who is never serious. –  Oscar Wilde

Founded in 1903 by a group of art historians and connoisseurs that included Roger Fry, Bernard Berenson and Herbert Horne, The Burlington Magazine has appeared monthly without interruption ever since. Their aim was to cover all aspects of the fine and decorative arts, to combine rigorous scholarship with critical insight, and to treat the art of the present with the same seriousness as the art of the past.

The Magazine’s editors have included two of the twentieth century’s most important art critics – Roger Fry and Herbert Read – and two directors of the National Gallery – Charles Holmes and Neil MacGregor. Its contributors form a roll-call of C20th art historians and critics from Kenneth Clark and E.H. Gombrich to Denis Mahon, Francis Haskell, Theodore Reff, John Rewald, Pierre Rosenberg, Douglas Cooper and David Sylvester. Notable figures from the world of the arts and literature have also made contributions over the years – from Henry James, Osbert Sitwell and Walter Sickert to Georg Baselitz, Howard Hodgkin and Bridget Riley.

In 1986 The Burlington Magazine became a non-profit-making company with independent charitable status (Reg. Charity No. 295020), owned jointly by The Burlington Magazine Foundation, a UK charity (Reg. Charity No. 295019), and The Burlington Magazine Foundation Inc., a not-for-profit corporation incorporated in the State of New York (Employer ID No. 13–3347776).

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