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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

Auction Prices for Old Art Reach the Stratosphere

In the New York Times Art section of March 16, 2012, Souren Melikian, longtime art editor of The International Herald Tribune, reports on recent auction sales of art by the old masters at prices many times their estimates. He points out that “[t]he factor underlying the phenomenon is the unprecedented popularization of art. As art supplies shrink, … Continue reading

Andrea del Sarto’s depiction of Julius Caesar, assassinated on March 15 – the Ides of March – in 44 B.C.

Study for the Head of Julius Caesar Andrea del Sarto (Andrea d’Agnolo)  (Italian, Florence 1486–1530 Florence) © 2000–2012 The Metropolitan Museum of Art. All rights reserved. Related articles Andrea del Sarto Andrea del Sarto – Virtual Uffizi Andrea del Sarto a/k/a Andrea d’Agnolo Browning’s Andrea (felicitania.wordpress.com)

A Passion for Drawings: Charles Ryskamp’s Bequest to The Frick Collection February 14 through April 8, 2012

This winter and spring The Frick Collection will celebrate the generosity and discerning taste of former Director Charles A. Ryskamp (1928–2010) with an exhibition of works on paper from his bequest. This generous gift transforms the museum’s holdings in drawings, enlarging them by nearly a third, while complementing the permanent collection’s focus on the landscape … Continue reading

The Morgan Library: Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection

The Morgan Library and Museum: Rembrandt’s World: Dutch Drawings from the Clement C. Moore Collection January 20 through April 29, 201 Bolstered by a new political independence, economic prosperity, and maritime supremacy, the Dutch Republic in the seventeenth century witnessed a rich artistic flourishing. This exhibition features over 90 drawings by many of the preeminent … Continue reading

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