Art History

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Is this the Mona Lisa’s skeleton? Discovery of bones in Florence convent believed to be those of silk merchant’s wife who inspired Da Vinci

[MailOnline]  Archaeologists are convinced they’ve unearthed the secret behind the world’s most famous painting, the Mona Lisa. Buried beneath the floor of a convent in Florence, Italy they’ve found a skeleton they believe belonged to Lisa Gherardini, the model who posed for Leonardo’s da Vinci’s mysterious masterpiece. Lisa Gheradini, was the wife of a rich silk … Continue reading

Gold, Jasper and Carnelian: Johann Christian Neuber at the Saxon Court; The Frick Collection, New York City, through August 19, 2012

A Jeweler Picks Up Where Nature Left Off.  Johann Christian Neuber’s Gold-and-Stone Snuff Boxes at the Frick [The New York Times, http://www.frick.org%5D  Most intoxicating vices involve some kind of paraphernalia, designed for convenience, traveling light and, often, showing off. These run the gamut from engraved silver liquor flasks, Art Deco cigarette cases and Moroccan leather … Continue reading

UPDATE: Destruction of Timbuktu World Heritage Site by Islamist Extremists Continues Unabated

As we reported on June 29, Ansar Dine, the Islamist militant sect affiliated with Al-Qaeda, has declared war on Timbuktu’s ancient  monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as being “idolatrous.”  In spite of international outrage and threats of UN intervention, the militants last week destroyed yet more 700 year-old tombs containing the remains of Islamic … Continue reading

The New York Times Weighs in on the Purported Discovery of the Cache of Caravaggio Works, Presenting Decidedly Skeptical Views

In an article in today’s New York Times, entitled “Scholars Doubt ‘Rediscovered’ Caravaggio Drawings”, Elisabetta Povoledo writes from Rome as follows: As grand academic claims go, the researchers who say they have found dozens of drawings by the young Caravaggio chose a rather unorthodox way of making theirs. On Friday the researchers, Maurizio Bernardelli Curuz … Continue reading

Italian art historians ‘find 100 Caravaggio paintings’

The Telegraph today published two reports of the possible discovery of a cache of previously-unknown works by Michelangelo Merisi, better known as Caravaggio, in the Castello Sforzesco in Milan. The reports were picked up by, i.a., artnet.com, BBC News, and Bendor Grosvenor’s blog, Art History News.  Here are the reports. I.  By Nick Squires, Rome 8:30PM BST 05 … Continue reading

UPDATE: Masterpiece by Girolamo Romanino achieves $4,562,500 at Christie’s. [Earlier entry: Looted 16th-Century Masterpiece to go to Auction: Girolamo Romanino’s “Christ Carrying the Cross”]

In an update to our earlier post concerning the looting and restitution of Romanino’s masterpiece “Christ Carrying the Cross Dragged by a Rogue”, the work sold at Christie’s on June 6, as announced in artdaily.org and elsewhere. NEW YORK, NY.- Christie’s Old Master Paintings sale on June 6 in New York was led by the … Continue reading

A Tribute to the great Francesco Primaticcio on his 508th Birthday

Francesco Primaticcio (1504-1570) is often omitted from the discussion of Italian mannerist artists, presumably because the majority of his career was spent in France.  His heritage however is wholly Italian, and he passed that heritage on to his French counterparts, whom he strongly influenced for most of the 16th and 17th centuries.  Primaticcio’s talents knew no … Continue reading

Britain Rescues Two of its Treasures from the Dustbin of Art History!

Two great paintings which had long languished in the shadows have now been restored to full autograph status, thanks to research and a conservator’s careful hand. . The National Gallery’s Titian . . London’s National Gallery, had, since the 1920’s, believed one of its holdings to be a 16th-century copy created ‘after Titian’, both chronologically … Continue reading

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

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

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

$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

Rare, Perhaps Unique Film Footage of Pierre-Auguste Renoir at his Easel, ca. 1913

I have just come across this extraordinary footage of Pierre-Auguste Renoir at roughly age 72, apparently in the company of his grandson, Claude Renoir.  As is clearly visible, the great master was in the advanced stages of rheumatoid arthritis, and although he could hold a brush, needed someone to place it between his fingers. . Thanks … Continue reading

Vandals and Thieves Using Google Earth to Inflict Egregious Damage on Britain’s Heritage Sites

In its issue of March 19, The Telegraph reports that metal thieves are using Google Earth and other online resources to identify Britain’s historic buildings to plunder. Historically important sites are being irrevocably damaged by criminals who plunder them for “trophies” which cannot be replaced. Mike Harlow, legal director at English Heritage, said he believed … Continue reading

Artemisia Gentileschi: The Power, Glory and Passions of a Female Painter, The Musée Maillol, March 14 – July 15, 2012

Artemisia: Pouvoir, gloire et passions d’une femme peintre . The paintings of Artemisia Gentileschi (on show at the Musée Maillol from March 14 to July 15) are so expressive you can practically smell the blood and sweat. They also portray women as assertive beings, capable of giving themselves over to both crime and pleasure (often both at the same … Continue reading