Previous Posts: January 2014

New Fragonard discovery

January 6 2014

Image of New Fragonard discovery

Picture: Sotheby's

The New York Old Master sales* are now online, and there's a fascinating new Fragonard discovery at Sotheby's. The above nude, painted when Fragonard was evidently influenced by Boucher, has been unseen since the late 18th Century, and was known only by a contemporary drawing of it in a 1776 sale catalogue (below). The estimate is $200,000-$250,000. More details here

*If you're going, I'll see you there!

Update - it made $395k

Was Durer's dad an artist too?

January 6 2014

Image of Was Durer's dad an artist too?

Picture: TAN

Here's an interesting story from Martin Bailey in The Art Newspaper:

A portrait of Dürer’s father [above], which has always been assumed to be the work of Albrecht the Younger, may in fact be a self-portrait by the master’s father, Albrecht the Elder. If so, it would transform our understanding of the younger artist. He may not have been the isolated genius he is believed to have been, but the son of a talented artist who has gone unrecorded as a painter.

The new theory comes from Stephan Kemperdick, the curator of early German and Netherlandish painting at Berlin’s Gemäldegalerie. He proposes it in an essay in the catalogue of the exhibition “Albrecht Dürer: His Art in Context”, at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum (until 2 February 2014).

More here.

Art history ads (ctd.)

January 6 2014

Image of Art history ads (ctd.)

Picture: Van Gogh Museum

Nice one from the Van Gogh Museum for their cafe.

Christmas at the Ashmolean

January 6 2014

Video: University of Oxford


Job opportunity - Tate Britain

January 6 2014

Image of Job opportunity - Tate Britain

Picture: BG

Are you a fan of Tate Britain, but, like me, frustrated by the limitations of their 'old' art display (ie, lack of labels, space, things on show)? Then why not go and do something about it - by working there. Tate is advertisting for an Assistant Curator, British Art 1750-1830. Sounds like a dream job to me. Here's the blurb:

Tate Britain is now recruiting for the position of Assistant Curator British Art 1750 – 1830. This position is responsible for the care and presentation of the Collection and contributes to the development of the Collection by means of research, managing displays and exhibitions, and maintaining and developing a scholarly profile in the field.

The successful candidate will have a track record of scholarly activity and demonstrable knowledge of British Art between 1750 and 1830. With a commitment to working with a national collection, the candidate will work as part of a team to help deliver the programme and to develop expertise within a specialist area. A PhD is desirable, but not essential.

This is a position that requires commitment to and awareness of issues of equality and cultural diversity as they affect the work of a major museum. 

Our jobs are like our galleries, open to all

But here's the catch. The job is full time, and the salary is £23,360. That's way too little for the work and experience required. And to live and work in central London! However, benefits include a discount in Tate shops. Wowee. More details here

Update - a reader writes:

At an annual rate my cleaner earns more than the Tate is offering for an Asst Curator. Is the person expected to supplement his/her income doing attributions?

Certainly not. Tate has a strict (and daft, frankly) 'no attributions' policy.

Larry's TV debut!

January 6 2014

Image of Larry's TV debut!

Picture: BBC

My colleague here at Philip Mould & Co., Lawrence Hendra (who regular readers will know from his helpful stints looking after AHN when I'm away) made his Antiques Roadshow debut last night. And very good he was too. Check out the ARS' youngest expert (at just 23) here on the BBC iPlayer here at about 30 minutes in.

Timothy Spall as Turner

January 5 2014

Image of Timothy Spall as Turner

Picture: BFI

Here's the first image of Timothy Spall playing Turner in Mike Leigh's forthcoming biopic.

New Van Dyck discovery

January 5 2014

Video: BBC

Slightly old news this now, but an interesting Van Dyck head study turned up on the Antiques Roadshow recently here in the UK. The picture was first spotted by Fiona Bruce, with whom Philip Mould and I work on 'Fake or Fortune?'. It was much over-painted by a later hand (as sketchy head studies often are), but conservation revealed the original beneath. Full story in the video above.

The picture is one of four head studies relating to Van Dyck's lost painting of 'The Magistrates of Brussels'. Two other studies are in the Ashmolean, here and here, and another was found by the London-based art dealer Fergus Hall.

Happy New Year!

January 5 2014

Hope you had a good holiday everyone. I lucked out with two weeks off, hence no posts for a while. 

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