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- A Christie’s auction benefitting the Louvre offers a winning bidder the chance to attend the painting’s annual inspection Millions want their moment with the Mona Lisa . Under normal circumstances, Leonardo da Vinci’s beloved masterpiece attracts around 30,000 visitors each day , with tourists from around the world crowding the Louvre’s Salle des États in hopes of snapping selfies with the portrait’s mysterious, softly smiling subject. And though the Parisian museum is currently closed due to Covid-19, one lucky art lover will soon have the chance to view the painting "up close and ...


- Analysis involved 12 papyri fragments from the Tebtunis Temple, southwest of Cairo. An international team of scientists used high-energy X-rays to analyze 12 fragments from ancient Egyptian papyri and found lead compounds in both red and black inks used. According to their recent paper, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, this is evidence that these compounds were added not for pigmentation but for their fast-drying properties, to prevent the ink from smearing as people wrote. Painters in 15th-century Europe used a similar technique when developing oil paints, ...


- Peter Joseph, Painter of Quietly Powerful Abstractions, Is Dead at 91 Peter Joseph , who is best known for his minimalist paintings often featuring squares and rectangles, has died at age 91. Reached by ARTnews , Lisson Gallery , which has represented Joseph for much of his career, said that the artist died of complications related to a broken hip. Born in London in 1929, Joseph studied art in Florence, Italy, and was greatly influenced by the Renaissance masterpieces he encountered there. He had a brief stint as a figurative painter, but, inspired by Ellsworth Kelly, Donald Judd, and Mark ...

Source: artnews.com

- The Italian art historian claims the drawing is a study for Leonardo's actual, lost "Salvator Mundi." An Italian scholar claims to have discovered a new drawing of Jesus Christ by Leonardo da Vinci that confirms doubts that the Renaissance master painted Salvator Mundi , the world’s most expensive work of art . A private collector in Lecco showed the red chalk drawing of Jesus Christ to Annalisa Di Maria, a Leonardo scholar associated with the  UNESCO Center in Florence , and she immediately saw in it the hand of Leonardo. "[This] is the true face of  Salavator Mundi ," Di Maria told  La ...


- In July 2018, London’s National Gallery acquired a self-portrait by the Baroque artist Artemisia Gentileschi, featuring the painter in the guise of Saint Catherine of Alexandria. Almost immediately, it drew an unprecedented level of media attention. First of all, there was its £3.6 million price tag. Then, there was the fact it was painted by one of the greatest artists of the 17th century who just so happens to be a woman, marking only the twentieth painting by a female artist within the gallery’s collection of over 2,300 works. Third, and perhaps most intriguingly, was its concurrence ...

Source: vogue.com

- In a moving letter, Van Gogh complains about quarantine after his forced removal from the Yellow House New exhibition at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum is a unique opportunity to see Vincent’s correspondence, normally locked away in a vault When Van Gogh was sent to hospital again in March 1889, a few weeks after mutilating his ear, he ran out of writing paper. The solution was to use the envelope from a letter he had just received, addressed to him in Arles by his brother Theo. Having reached the bottom of the envelope Vincent squeezed in his last words, ending with an enigmatic query: ...


- An oil painting by British street artist Banksy parodying a Claude Monet masterpiece sold in London on Wednesday for £7.6 million, the second highest price at auction for the mysterious artist. The oil on canvas work, "Show Me the Monet", a modern take on Monet’s impressionist classic "The Water-Lily Pond", sold for £7,551,600 ($9.8 mn, 8.4 mn euros) at Sotheby’s following a bidding battle. "The hammer came down after five determined collectors battled for nearly nine minutes to drive the final price beyond its estimate of £3,000,000-5,000,000 to become the second highest price for the ...

Source: rawstory.com

- Portr-8 , the inaugural exhibition of the contemporary African photography gallery Doyle Wham , showcases innovative and experimental portraits by eight new African artists at ECAD in south London. The artists, from Gabon, Nigeria, Namibia, Kenya and Mozambique, are united by a desire to challenge traditional ideas and narrow interpretations of Africa, African art, and African society “MILK is not about race, but about perception, and what we subjectively perceive as beautiful. It forms part of a broader project, Shades of Industry, that hopes to redefine beauty standards through art. Dark ...


- Last sold at auction for $4.9m, offers on the work will be reviewed ahead of the auction house's contemporary and Impressionist and Modern art evening sales on 28 October in New York Sotheby’s is offering Alberto Giacometti’s iconic Grande Femme I in a rare sealed bid private sale beginning this afternoon; the minimum bid on the monumental sculpture is a cool $90m and offers must be submitted in multiples of $1m. All offers received by noon on 27 October will be unsealed and reviewed by the auction house’s general counsel and an outside auditor ahead of its marquee evening sales of ...


- The venerable Brooklyn Museum for decades struggled with a structural deficit, as well as a relatively small endowment and staff to take care of its 150,000-object art collection. Then came the global pandemic, forcing the 197-year-old institution to shut its doors for months along with the rest of the country’s museums. Furloughs followed as revenue plunged. Lucas Cranach’s “Lucretia” This month, the museum began selling artworks from its collection to help make ends meet. On Thursday, Lucas Cranach’s “Lucretia” fetched $5.1 million at Christie’s, almost triple the high ...


- The late artist's debut at Frieze Masters, plus stellar sales at auction, signal a turning point for the pioneering Modernist's visibility. Ben Enwonwu has long been a household name in Nigeria and in African art circles. Yet it was only three years ago that the late pioneer of African art—often called “the father of African Modernism” and arguably one of the most influential African artists of the 20th century—was rediscovered outside the continent. At this year’s digital edition of Frieze Masters, the late artist is being shown by the  , which was founded this year by ...





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