Art History

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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

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

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

Happy 413th Birthday, Sir Anthony van Dyck!

Anthony (Antoon) van Dyck, Antwerp, 22 March 1599 – London, 9 December 1641. [Biographical notes from the website of the National Gallery of Art] Anthony van Dyck, a true genius at portraiture, revealed the aspirations of his sitters. He often flatteringly elongated his subjects and portrayed them sharply from below to enhance their stature. With … Continue reading

New Van Gogh Discovered, and It was There All the Time!

In a letter Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1886, he describes a work-in-progress depicting two half-nude male wrestlers. No such painting was known to exist — until now. The lost wrestlers have been discovered underneath the painting of a Van Gogh still life acquired in 1974 by the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Holland. Thought … Continue reading

Happy St. Patrick’s Day! featuring “Jo, La Belle Irlandaise” (Portrait of Jo), by Gustave Courbet

During his three-month stay in Trouville in 1865, Courbet attracted a following as a portraitist among the society women at this fashionable resort on the Normandy coast. He possibly encountered Joanna Hiffernan (born 1842/43), a “beautiful Irishwoman,” through his acquaintance with fellow artist James McNeill Whistler, who was also working in Trouville in 1865. This … Continue reading

Restored Rubens Masterpiece Goes Back on Public View at The Courtauld Gallery

artdaily.org reports: The newly-conserved masterpiece, Cain Slaying Abel, by Sir Peter Paul Rubens went back on public display at The Courtauld Gallery today. The magnificent painting, widely considered to be one of the most important in the Gallery’s world-class collection of works by Rubens, has been restored as part of the Bank of America Art Conservation … 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)