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Looted 16th-Century Masterpiece to go to Auction: Girolamo Romanino’s “Christ Carrying the Cross”

CHRISTIE’S TO OFFER SUPERB 16th CENTURY MASTERPIECE BY GIROLAMO ROMANINO “Christ Carrying the Cross,” Restituted to the Heirs of Federico Gentili di Giuseppe, Will Lead Christie’s Old Master Paintings Auction in New York on June 6. . A magnificent picture of Christ Carrying the Cross is a masterpiece of Girolamo Romanino’s fully mature style and among the most potent and moving depictions … Continue reading

“Women of Achievement in the Early Republic”: National Portrait Gallery, through September 13, 2013

In keeping with our goal of highlighting exhibitions featuring women and women artists who created lasting legacies in eras when all odds were against that ever happening, we feature this exhibition currently on view at the Smithsonian’s National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C.  Entitled “A Will of Their Own: Judith Sargent Murray and Women of … Continue reading

Heavenly Vaults: The Cathedral Photography of David Stephenson

Photographer David Stephenson was born in 1955 and received an MFA at the University of New Mexico. Stephenson has had solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. His work is represented in collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the National Gallery … Continue reading

Occupy Wall Street joins protests against Frieze New York

New York’s Carpenters’ Union has already complained about the fair’s labor standards. The Art Newspaper. Following on the heels of a labour dispute brought against Frieze Art Fair by the New York City & Vicinity District Council of Carpenters, the Occupy Wall Street movement has revealed that it is planning a full-on demonstration of the … Continue reading

The Nazi Plunder of Egon Schiele’s “Portrait of Wally” Becomes a Documentary to Debut at the TriBeca Film Festival

The painting “Portrait of Wally” is a 1912 work by Austrian painter Egon Schiele of Valerie “Wally” Neuzil, a woman he met in 1911 when she was 17 years old and who was a model for a number of Schiele’s most striking paintings. The painting was purchased by Rudolf Leopold in 1954 and became part of the collection of the Leopold Museum when … Continue reading

Couturier as Collector: Paris Exhibition Shows Cristóbal BALENCIAGA’s Period Costume Collection

We have never before done a fashion-related posting on elliottingotham, but I could not pass up the opportunity to mark the opening of the Paris exhibition of the archives of Cristóbal Balenciaga, a designer whose work has always fascinated me. Gabrielle “Coco” Chanel praised Cristóbal Balenciaga (1895-1972) as ”the only true couturier among us” and Christian Dior referred to him as “the … Continue reading

Cézanne masterpiece believed recovered by Serbian police. UPDATED

[AP] UPDATE, 1:00 pm EDT, April 12:  Zurich prosecutors said Thursday that the E.G. Buehrle Foundation certified that the painting is Cezanne’s “The Boy in the Red Vest” that was stolen in 2008. [Guardian, Libération]  Police in Serbia believe they have recovered an impressionist masterpiece by Paul Cézanne worth at least £68m that was stolen at gunpoint in one of … Continue reading

Van Gogh’s “Portrait of a Peasant” On View In New York After 40 Years

[www.frick.org]  This fall The Frick Collection will present Vincent van Gogh‘s Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier). The painting has not left its home institution, the Norton Simon Museum, in Pasadena, CA, in nearly forty years, making this a particularly rare and exciting viewing opportunity for East Coast audiences. This modern masterpiece will be shown in the … Continue reading

National Museum of Women in the Arts Presents Women Artists from French National Collections

National Museum of Women in the Arts: “Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, and Other French National Collections” on view through July 29, 2012. In keeping with its mission to rediscover and celebrate women artists of the past and demonstrate their continued relevance, NMWA presents Royalists to Romantics: Women Artists from the Louvre, Versailles, … Continue reading

Henri Matisse’s The Thousand and One Nights, On View at The Carnegie Museum of Art, Pittsburgh, through July 15, 2012

[Source, WSJ]  The 1940s were not kind to Henri Matisse. During World War II, Gestapo agents brutally tortured his daughter, and complications from an intestinal operation weakened him and left him permanently wheelchair-bound. As painting became more difficult, he focused intently on the sleek, stylized paper cutouts he had first started experimenting with in the … Continue reading

The Great Rembrandt Self-Portrait from Kenwood House now on View at The Metropolitan Museum

Source: Metropolitan Museum.  By special arrangement, Rembrandt’s great “Portrait of the Artist” (ca. 1665), which has never before traveled outside Europe, will be on view at The Metropolitan Museum of Art from early April through late May, 2012. Kenwood House, the London museum that owns the painting, will close in April 2012 for renovations. This … Continue reading

After 240 years, Titian’s First Masterpiece Leaves Russia for London Show

National Gallery borrows The Flight Into Egypt, not seen outside Russia since it was bought by Catherine the Great in 1768 . [guardian.co.uk]  Catherine the Great bought Titian‘s The Flight Into Egypt in 1768. Since then the large painting, described by the 16th-century art historian Giorgio Vasari as Titian’s first masterpiece, has not been seen outside Russia – until Tuesday. … Continue reading

Pioneering Sculptor and Printmaker Elizabeth Catlett Dies at Age 96

April 3, 2012.  The pioneering sculptor and printmaker Elizabeth Catlett died yesterday just two weeks shy of her 97th birthday, the Web site Black Art in America reported. She died at her home in Cuernavaca, 40 miles south of Mexico City, where she had lived since using a Rosenwald Fund Fellowship to travel to Mexico in 1946. After studying with … Continue reading

Turkey Demands the Return of More “Looted” Artifacts from American Museums

After demanding that New York’s Metropolitan Museum of Art return 18 objects of art including several highlights of the Met’s collection that are currently on display in the museum’s Ancient Near East Galleries, the Turkish government has now contacted the Getty, the Cleveland Museum of Art and Harvard University’s Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection to present evidence … Continue reading

$800 M in Nazi-Looted Art May be Hidden in German Mine

Mail Online reports that an expedition has been launched in Germany to recover £500 million ($800 million) worth of missing artworks looted by the Nazis in World War Two. Monets, Manets, Cezannes and masterpieces by other artists, along with sculptures, carpets and tapestries, are believed to be buried in an old silver mine near the Czech-German border, … Continue reading