San Diego Museum Acquires Ribera

December 4 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has been in touch with news (via. @sandiegomuseumofart) that the San Diego Museum of Art have recently acquired Jusepe de Ribera's Susanna and the Elders (pictured). The museum have published a short podcast on the picture which is free to listen here.

Andrew Graham-Dixon at Sotheby's

December 4 2021

Video: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Sotheby's have teamed up with the television art historian Andrew Graham-Dixon once more to give a preview of their upcoming Old Master Paintings sale. The video ends with a discussion of Botticelli's The Man of Sorrows which is coming up for sale in New York next year.

Rubens and His Global Enterprise

December 3 2021

Video: Getty Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's a video I'll be trying to catch up with later (after I go and view some of the London OMP sales this afternoon). The Getty Museum have published this online lecture by curator Stephanie Schrader on Peter Paul Rubens and His Global Enterprise.

According to the blurb:

The 17th-century Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens worked in Antwerp, a bustling center of global trade where various cultures came into contact. To understand how this impacted his work, curator Stephanie Schrader investigates two of his drawings in the Getty Museum’s collection: Man in Korean Costume and Head Study for Balthazar. Both artworks provide important examples of the various misunderstandings that arose when Rubens depicted people of African and Korean descent. By viewing these works from religious, mercantile, and political perspectives, Schrader provides a nuanced examination of appropriation and cultural translation.

Italy's BPER Banca Exhibits its Giuseppe Zola Landscapes

December 3 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

An Italian bank based in Modena, BPER Banca, are exhibiting their privately owned collection of landscapes by Giuseppe Zola (Brescia, 1672 - 1743). The bank owns no fewer than 24 works by the artist and owns a private collection of over 1,000 works dating from the fifteenth to twentieth centuries.

The exhibition will be on display between 10th December 2021 - 13th March 2022.

Prado Acquires Francesco Francia's Saint Francis

December 3 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News via. the Spanish arsmagazine.com that the Prado Museum in Madrid have acquired Francesco Francia's painting of Saint Francis of Assisi for the sum of €70,000. The picture is said to be the Bolognese artist's only picture in a Spanish public collection and was purchased from a Private Collection in Spain.

'Largest Ever' Vermeer Show for 2023

December 3 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have announced that they will be organising the 'largest ever' exhibition on Vermeer in Spring 2023.

The show will include loans from around the world, including the Girl with a Pearl Earring (Mauritshuis, The Hague), The Geographer (Städel Museum, Frankfurt am Main), Woman writing with maid (The National Gallery of Ireland, Dublin) and Woman with the scales (The National Gallery of Art, Washington D.C.). Paintings which have not been exhibited in the Netherlands in recent times will also be loaned, including the recently restored Dresden picture. A project focusing on Vermeer's materials and practises is also currently underway.

Not Giovanni, but Giannino Arnolfino (?)

December 1 2021

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Picture: The National Gallery, London

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

CODART (International Network for Curators of Dutch and Flemish Art) have drawn attention to the new edition of Simiolous: Netherlands Quarterly for the History of Art which features an article on the male sitter of Jan van Eyck's Arnolfini Portrait in the National Gallery, London. The article, by Jan Verheyen, claims that the painting actually depicts Gianinno Arnolfini and not his uncle Giovanni.

I'm yet to get my hands on a copy of the article, but I'd be interested to hear from any readers who have!

Burlington Magazine - Photography

December 1 2021

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Picture: Private Collection via. The Burlington Magazine

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

December's edition of the The Burlington Magazine focuses on the art of Photography. As usual, there are many interesting pieces to be found, including articles on on the museum photographer Isabel Agnes Cowper, Maria Ponti Pasolini’s photographic archive, Nicéphore Niépce and the industry of photographic replication and Ilse Bing at Glyndebourne.

In fact, this month's edition contains my debut article for the magazine (please forgive the shameless plug). The article focuses on a photograph which fell out of a book whilst I was scouring through a private library. It turned out to be an unrecorded photograph of Ellen Terry by the Victorian photographer Julia Margaret Cameron (pictured). Furthermore, it shows Terry in her wedding dress which was designed by William Holman Hunt. The photograph is, I believe, connected to George Frederic Watt's 1864 painting of Terry known as Choosing (NPG), which shows her in the same dress, necklace and profile pose. Find yourself a copy to read more.

London Art Week - Winter 2021

December 1 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

London Art Week Winter 2021 will be running from 3rd - 10th December this year.

As usual, there are many interesting free online events that are worth looking out for. In particular, LAW will be hosting a free online Symposium on Jewish Dealers and the European Art Market c.1850 - 1930. The talks organised include In conversation: Belonging and Betrayal - How Jews Made the Art World ModernPortrait of a Family: Sargent's Wertheimers and The Jewish Contribution to Art Dealing in London.

New Release: François Boucher and the Art of Collecting

December 1 2021

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Picture: Routledge

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's an interesting new release that I missed last month. Routledge have recently published a book entitled François Boucher and the Art of Collecting in Eighteenth-Century France by Jessica Priebe from the Department of Art History and Theory at the National Art School, Australia.

According to the blurb:

While earlier studies have focused predominantly on artist François Boucher’s artistic style and identity, this book presents the first full-length interdisciplinary study of Boucher’s prolific collection of around 13,500 objects including paintings, sculpture, prints, drawings, porcelain, shells, minerals, and other imported curios. 

It discusses the types of objects he collected, the networks through which he acquired them, and their spectacular display in his custom-designed studio at the Louvre, where he lived and worked for nearly two decades. This book explores the role his collection played in the development of his art, his studio, his friendships, and the burgeoning market for luxury goods in mid-eighteenth-century France. In doing so, it sheds new light on the relationship between Boucher’s artistic and collecting practices, which attracted both praise and criticism from period observers.

Restored 'Red Boy' on Display

December 1 2021

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Picture: The National Gallery, London

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery in London have finally redisplayed Thomas Lawrence's Charles William Lambton known as The Red Boy, a painting they had acquired earlier this summer for £9.3m. The painting has undergone conservation in the past few months and the transformation looks rather impressive indeed. The work is on display in Room 35.

2022 Donatello Exhibition at the Palazzo Strozzi

November 30 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Musei del Bargello in Florence will be presenting a large exhibition on Donatello in March 2022. Donatello, The Renaissance will also travel in a smaller incarnation to Berlin's Gemäldegalerie and the Victoria Albert Museum in London in 2023.

According to the museum's website:

Starting from 19 March 2022, the Fondazione Palazzo Strozzi and the Musei del Bargello will be hosting Donatello, The Renaissance. This historic, once-in-a-lifetime exhibition sets out to reconstruct the outstanding career of one of the most important and influential masters of Italian art of any age, juxtaposing his work with masterpieces by other Italian Renaissance masters such as Brunelleschi, Masaccio, Andrea Mantegna, Giovanni Bellini, Raphael and Michelangelo. 

Curated by Francesco Caglioti and devised as a single exhibition in two venues, Palazzo Strozzi and the Museo Nazionale del Bargello, the exhibition is designed to celebrate Donatello in dialogue with institutions of Florence and indeed the whole of Italy, in addition to crucial international cooperation, in an effort to expand the debate on this master both in time and in space, in terms of materials, techniques and genres, in order finally to do justice to the artist’s universal dimension.

Here's the write-up from The Art Newspaper.

The Gentleman of Voet in Genoa

November 30 2021

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Picture: Palazzo Reale Genoa

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Genoa's Palazzo Reale have just opened a new exhibition dedicated to male portraits by Jacob Ferdinand Voet (c.1639-1689). This small exhibition will focus on several portraits in the collection including those of Giovanni Luca Durazzo alongside others loaned from various collections.

The exhibition will run until 27th February 2022.

Budapest Museum of Fine Arts Acquisitions

November 30 2021

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Picture: Szépművészeti Múzeum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

CODART (International Network of Curators of Dutch and Flemish Art) have published a short piece on new acquisitions made by the Szépművészeti Múzeum (Museum of Fine Arts) in Budapest, Hungary. The article, penned by Júlia Tátrai, Head of the Department of Old Master Paintings at the museum, focuses on the acquisition of works by Jacob Van Loo (pictured), Gerard van Honthorst and Ferdinand Bol.

The Dulwich Picture Gallery is Hiring!

November 29 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Dulwich Picture Gallery in London is hiring an Assistant Curator.

According to the job description:

The Assistant Curator supports the care, research, display and interpretation of the  Gallery’s collection of designated national importance. The post plays a critical role in achieving the Gallery’s vision: to be an inspirational cultural destination for everybody –  unlocking fresh perspectives through the art of the past and present. 

The Assistant Curator will be someone with a passion for Old Master paintings, who is invested in bringing new ideas to the field. They will be a team-player who is able to  support others, whilst also developing exciting projects of their own. They will thrive in  a varied and hands-on environment, where one day might be spent cleaning frames and the next might be researching in the library for a new display, or creating content  for our social media channels

The salary on offer is between £25k - £30k per annum and applications must be in by 3rd January 2022.

Good luck if you're applying!

Crack the code of egg-tempera paints

November 29 2021

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Picture: Angewandte Chemie

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

For those readers who like an in-depth scientific analysis of painting materials, here's a recently published article that might be of interest.

This month's edition of the scientific journal Angewandte Chemie has an article on Connecting Rheological Properties and Molecular Dynamics of Egg-Tempera Paints based on Egg Yolk (paywall, unfortunately) penned by Dr. Agathe Fanost, Dr. Laurence de Viguerie, Dr. Guylaine Ducouret, Prof. Guillaume Mériguet, Dr. Philippe Walter, Helen Glanville, Dr. Anne-Laure Rollet, Prof. Maguy Jaber.

Confused by the title? According to the abstract:

Egg-tempera painting is a pictorial technique widely used in the Middle Ages, although poorly studied in its physico-chemical aspects until now. Here we show how NMR relaxometry and rheology can be combined to probe egg-tempera paints and shed new light on their structure and behavior. Based on recipes of the 15th century, model formulations with egg yolk and green earth have been reproduced to characterize the physicochemical properties of this paint at the mesoscopic and macroscopic scales. The rheological measurements highlight a synergetic effect between green earth and egg yolk, induced by the interactions between them and the structural organisation of the system. 1H NMR relaxometry emphasizes the presence and the structure of a network formed by the yolk and the pigment.

A forgotten Bernini (?) Withdrawn from Sale?

November 29 2021

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Picture: arsmagazine.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Spanish arsmagazine.com have published an article on news that the gilded bronze above representing The Ganges River was withdrawn from auction last week.

The auction house La Suite in Barcelona had removed the bronze from sale just an hour before it was due to start. Further information has emerged that a government ministry had placed an export ban on the item so that more time could be spent on research.

The bronze has been connected to a small scale sculptural fountain produced by Lorenzo Bernini for Pope Innocent X. This sculpture survives in an altered state in the Patrimonio Nacional without the figures that once adorned it.

Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille Acquire Drawing by Louis Joseph Watteau

November 26 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

La Tribune de l'Art have published news that the Palais des Beaux-Arts de Lille have acquired a drawing by Louis Joseph Watteau (1731 - 1798). The work was purchased at auction earlier in the summer and is now the fifth work on paper by the artist owned by the museum.

Caravaggio and Artemisia: The Challenge of Judith

November 26 2021

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Posted by Adam Busakiewicz:

The Palazzo Barberini in Rome have opened their latest exhibition today entitled Caravaggio and Artemisia: the Challenge of Judith. Violence and Seduction in 16th and 17th Century Painting.

According to the museum's website:

The exhibition celebrates the fifty years since the acquisition by the Italian State and the seventies since the discovery of the famous painting by Caravaggio Giuditta beheading Holofernes. 

The painting, created in Rome at the beginning of the Seventeenth Century, is kept in Palazzo Barberini. 

A series of masterpieces from all over the world,  including the beautiful Judith and Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi,  document the overwhelming novelty triggered by Caravaggio’s work in contemporary painting.

The exhibition will run until 27th March 2022.

Dutch Paintings Exhibition at Serpukhov Museum, Moscow

November 26 2021

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Serpukhov Museum of History and Art near Moscow have just opened a new exhibition entitled Image and Meaning. Dutch painting of the XVII century from museums and private collections of Russia. The exhibition contains more than 80 works from 11 regional museums and 4 private collections and will also celebrate the influence of Holland on Russia from the period of Peter the Great onwards.

The exhibition will run until 10th April 2022.

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