Previous Posts: November 2012

Art conservation, Italian style (ctd.)

November 1 2012

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Picture: 3PP/Google Art Project

In an interesting post over on Three Pipe Problem, Hasan Niyazi describes why he is so keen on Raphael, and reveals that the first time he saw he Raphael's Self-Portrait in the Uffizi, it was displayed in a rather sad setting (above):

At this point in time, the portrait was in a scuffed corner of a room featuring works by Raphael and Andrea del Sarto. I recall it was near a window, which on the day was partially ajar to allow in some air, showing a glimpse of the Arno river.

Beneath the picture is a portable humidifier.

View from the artist no.12

November 1 2012

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We haven't had one of these for a while - can you guess where the view is, who painted it, and when? 

Elizabeth I goes to Moscow

November 1 2012

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Picture: Kremlin Museum

The earliest full-length portrait of Elizabeth I is the star attraction at a new exhibition on the English Tudor and Stuart court at Moscow's Kremlin museum. The picture is a favourite of mine - when Philip Mould bought it in 2007, I spent a long time researching it with Dr David Starkey. Amazingly, it had never been published before, so there was plenty of work to do. Philip wrote a chapter on the process in his book, Sleuth.

The exhibition is being put on jointly by the V&A, and the portrait will be displayed at the V&A next year from 9th March. In the meantime, you can find more details on on our research here.

Galleries flooded in New York

November 1 2012

Bloomberg reports that a number of art galleries in New York's Chelsea district have been hit by the recent flooding. Sotheby's in New York have also postponed some sales

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