In an essay of 1988, the curator Jonathan Watkins compared the visual trickery of Carlo Crivelli to that of René Magritte. The Italian Renaissance artist, however, was painting hundreds of years before the Belgian Surrealist. Crivelli came to prominence in the 15th century and was known for his humanist style, sharp lines, and the incredibly expressive faces of his subjects. Now, almost 40 years after Watkins wrote that essay, the gallery he directs, Ikon, is hosting a Crivelli show—a dream come true! Four key pieces, including The Annunciation with Saint Emidius (1486) and The Vision of the Blessed Gabriele (1489), are on loan from the National Gallery. —E.C.