Previous Posts: June 2021

Dordrecht Museum Loaned a Turner

June 24 2021

Image of Dordrecht Museum Loaned a Turner

Picture: nos.nl

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Dordrecht Museum in the Netherlands has organised the permanent loan of a painting of Whalley Bridge and Abbey by J.M.W. Turner. The picture was purchased at Sotheby's last year by a private collector who has in turn arranged the loan with the museum. Interestingly, the museum will be hanging the piece next to works by Aelbert Cuyp (1620-1691), an artist whose lighting effects and compositions Turner greatly admired. This will be one of two paintings by the British artist on display in a Dutch museum or gallery.

Online Exhibition: Thomas Lawrence Coming of Age

June 24 2021

Video: Holburne Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Apologies if I'm a little late to this, but, the Holburne Museum in Bath have uploaded a very useful online exhibition Thomas Lawrence Coming of Age. The online catalogue notes are particularly helpful, and will hopefully provide admirers of Lawrence's work with a handy list of collections to see his works in person.

Redundancies in the UK Museums Sector

June 24 2021

Image of Redundancies in the UK Museums Sector

Picture: Museums Association

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museums Association in the UK have published a report reviewing redundancies in the museums sector after one year of covid. Amongst their findings is that out of the 50,300 heritage workforce 4,100 have been made redundant over this period with independent and national museums being hit the hardest.

Rijksmuseum uses AI to Recreate Missing Parts of The Night Watch

June 24 2021

Image of Rijksmuseum uses AI to Recreate Missing Parts of The Night Watch

Picture: Artnews.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have produced a very interesting video showing the outcome of a research project to reconstruct the missing parts of Rembrandt's The Night Watch. Famously, the painting was cut down fifty years after the artist's death to fit in between a doorway. Instead of waiting for the missing pieces to reappear, the museum decided to go about reconstructing the cut sections using a seventeenth century copy of the original and a team of computer geeks. A sophisticated AI program was used to 'imitate' Rembrandt's stylistic straights and new boards were printed to afford us a glimpse of the artist's original intentions.

_____________

This is undoubtedly an impressive feat of technology. Yet, I personally can't help but find the printed foamex boards a little ugly and distracting to the eye. Their glassy smoothness affords the additions a rather lifeless quality. This may well have been part of the plan, as it has become rather fashionable in the world of conservation (since the time of William Morris I suppose) for modern interventions to appear modern rather than harmonise seamlessly. Despite what the AI learnt in 'art school', Rembrandt's now encircled original work manages to shine through brilliantly.

I grant you that people visit museums and galleries for all sorts of reasons. Personally speaking, I adore such places because one is immersed in the world of the handmade, freed from screens, boards and all the other mundane trappings of our modern age.

Masterpiece 2021

June 23 2021

Video: Masterpiece London

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

This year's online Masterpiece 2021 will be 'opening' tomorrow. As usual, there are many fine works of art to be found from a wide variety of dealers in the fine and decorative arts.

Equally interesting are the many events one is able to tune in to. This year's topics include the likes of Next Gen Collecting: Sustaining Art and Culture, Masterpiece in the Museum, Digital Art in the Physical Realm and Translating the Visual - the Art of Podcast (which features AHN's very own Bendor Grosvenor).

In the meantime, here are some highlights of Master Paintings with Dr Chantal Brotherton-Ratcliffe.

A Rembrandt (?) Revealed in Rome ?

June 22 2021

Image of A Rembrandt (?) Revealed in Rome ?

Picture: finestresullarte.info

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Italian Press have reported on the unveiling of a newly attributed to Rembrandt at the Fondazione Patrimonio Italia (FPI) in Rome. The painting of the Adoration of the Magi was thought to be known only through copies, the best of those being preserved in St Petersburg (described as 'Studio of') and Gothenburg (described as 'Follower of'). The new attribution has been made possible by a restoration project began in 2016 by the restorer Antonella Di Francesco which removed vast amounts of darkened overpaint.

A list of Italian art historians has been provided, particular those who have supported the project. Crucially though, no mention is given as to whether any other Rembrandt scholars have given the the painting the thumbs up.

Update - Here's the write up from The Times. The article explains that the picture is in the collection of an undisclosed noble family in Italy.

The following quote is also provided by Alessandro Caucci Molara, president of the Abraham Teerlink Foundation and an adviser to Talarico:

We haven’t heard of anyone who opposes the attribution but it’s a work in progress and the art history community is welcome to view it.

Making a Mark at the Barber Institute

June 22 2021

Video: Barber Institute of Fine Arts

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Barber Institute of Fine Arts in Birmingham has recently opened its latest exhibition entitled Making a Mark: Dutch and Flemish Drawings from the Royal Collection. The video above features a welcome from the curators of the Institute including 'Student Curators' from the University of Birmingham who have contributed to the exhibition.

The free show will run until 26th September 2021.

Meet The Masters

June 22 2021

Video: conge

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Apologies that I'm rather late to this, but here's a rather interesting 360° multimedia exhibition that opened last year. Meet The Masters is a 50 minute projection experience hosted by the Palais de la Dynastie, Mont des Arts, in Brussels. In particular, the projections feature the works of the three Flemish masters Van Eyck, Bruegel and Rubens.

If it gets visitors into a museum afterwards, to see paintings in the flesh, then it has done its job!

New Dutch and Flemish Galleries at MFA Boston in Autumn 2021

June 22 2021

Image of New Dutch and Flemish Galleries at MFA Boston in Autumn 2021

Picture: MFA

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has announced that it will be opening a new set of galleries dedicated to Dutch and Flemish Art later this autumn.

According to their press release:

A suite of seven renovated galleries at the MFA will employ up-to-date research to explore the nexus between art, commerce, and science in the Dutch Republic and Flanders. Nearly 100 paintings by the greatest masters—including Rembrandt van Rijn, Peter Paul Rubens, Gerrit Dou, Frans Hals, and Anthony van Dyck—plus works on paper and decorative arts such as silver and Delft ceramics represent this rich visual culture. Organized thematically, the installation examines a variety of subjects: women artists and patrons; the growth of a modern art market; and the unexpected connection between still life paintings, the sugar trade, and slavery.

...

The opening of the new galleries celebrates the launch of the Center for Netherlandish Art (CNA), an innovative center for scholarship housed at the MFA and the first resource of its kind in the US. The CNA was established with initial endowment funds from Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo and Susan and Matthew Weatherbie, given as part of a landmark 2017 gift that also included many of the paintings on view in the installation. ​

Dürer Was Here - A Journey Becomes Legend

June 22 2021

Picture: Stadt Aachen

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen, Germany, will be opening their latest exhibition next month. Dürer was here - A Journey Becomes Legend will chart the artist's journey to the Netherlands made in 1520/21 and will contain 65 drawings and paintings alongside 35 prints. The show will open on 15th July 2021 and run until 24th October 2021.

Bellotto's Verona Brought to Life

June 22 2021

Image of Bellotto's Verona Brought to Life

Picture: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's have published a rather fun video onto their Instagram Account giving a sweeping 3D view of Bellotto's View of Verona with the Ponte delle Navi.

You'll have to click on the links above to view the video.

Ps. Sotheby's did the same with their Canalettos and Bellottos a few years ago.

CFP: The Art of Copying in Early Modern Europe

June 22 2021

Image of CFP: The Art of Copying in Early Modern Europe

Picture: medici.org

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's an upcoming conference that might interest some readers. The Medici Archive Project has put out a Call for Papers for an upcoming conference on The Art of Copying in Early Modern Europe. This conference is scheduled to take place in Florence on 21st January 2022.

According to their website:

In recent years, attention has been directed towards copies, with a particular emphasis on their meaning, function, provenance, production, patronage, collecting and dating. The aesthetic and conceptual tenets underlying this corpus of scholarly research focused primarily on works of art. However, this impulse to recreate images has also been transferred to other artistic and intellectual media. As such, the copy carries within itself a great number of intrinsic nuances, depending on the cultural context and the historical moment. The organizers of this workshop (Maddalena Bellavitis and Alessio Assonitis) invite papers that address issues that can shed new light and provide new interdisciplinary research trajectories on the mechanisms that regulate the practice and reception of copies. For this reason, we encourage submission for presentation proposals from disciplines such as book history, media history, history of science, history of medicine, history of food and history of diplomacy.

The deadline for the submission of papers is 1st September 2021.

Baroque Frescos Conserved in Bologna

June 21 2021

Image of Baroque Frescos Conserved in Bologna

Picture: ansa.it

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Italy that a set of seventeenth century frescos in the Basilica of San Martino Maggiore, Bologna, have been restored. The scene entitled La lezione di San Pier Tommaso o Tomà was completed by the figure painter Lucio Massari and the architectural painter Girolamo Curti in 1629. The project has been the pipeline since 2017 when it was decided that the frescos should be conserved and displayed to the public.

Here's a detail of the frescos before restoration. Curiously, it seems to show that three holes were punched through the wall at some point, perhaps for the use of a projector:

15th century St John the Baptist Conserved in Malta

June 21 2021

Image of 15th century St John the Baptist Conserved in Malta

Picture: Times of Malta

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Times of Malta have published an extensive article regarding the recent conservation and restoration of a panel painting of John the Baptist attributed to the Sicilian painter Tommaso de Vigilia (active Palermo 1444-1497). The work, kept in the Mdina Cathedral Museum, is a fragment of a much larger piece that was dismembered after a disastrous earthquake which hit the island in 1693. This delicate restoration project was undertaken by conservator Amy Sciberras.

London Day Sales

June 21 2021

Image of London Day Sales

Picture: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A brief post to point out that Christie's and Sotheby's have published their upcoming old master paintings 'day sales'.

Christie's London will be holding their online Old Master Paintings & Sculpture sale between 18 June - 9th July 2021.

Sotheby's London will be hosting their Old Masters Day sale between 2nd - 8th July 2021.

As always, there are many interesting pictures to choose from. I won't spoil any of the fun!

Fragonard and Bonnie Prince lead Petit Epernay Sale

June 21 2021

Image of Fragonard and Bonnie Prince lead Petit Epernay Sale

Picture: cabinetturquin

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Two paintings to watch this week are the aforementioned Fragnoard philosopher and a Portrait of Charles Edward Stuart by Domenico Dupra that are coming up for sale on Saturday 26th June 2021 at Antoine Petit - Hôtel des ventes d'Epernay. The pictures are estimated at €1.5 - €2m and €6k - €8k respectively.

Getty Museum acquires Pastel from Christie's Women in Art Sale

June 21 2021

Image of Getty Museum acquires Pastel from Christie's Women in Art Sale

Picture: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has acquired a pastel of Madame Charles Mitoire with Her Children (1783) by Adélaïde Labille-Guiard. The art work achieved €644,000 (inc. fees) over its €100k - €150k estimate at the Women in Art Sale Christie's Paris.

Both Sotheby's and Christie's inaugural female artists sales seem to have achieved some rather impressive results. The Sotheby's sale totalled £4,570,100 (inc. fees), and the Christie's sale realised a total of €3,090,750 (inc. fees). With these rather encouraging totals, we'll wait and see if these sales become a regular feature.

Two Paintings found in German Skip

June 21 2021

Image of Two Paintings found in German Skip

Picture: The Guardian

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A reader has kindly brought this curious story to my attention. A 64-year-old man in Germany has handed in two paintings to the Police which he discovered at a skip in a rest stop near Ohrenbach in central Germany. The names of artists Pietro Bellotti (1625-1700) and Samuel van Hoogstraten (1627-1678) have been mentioned, but I think one should exercise a little caution here. Authorities in Germany are now appealing for more information as to how these paintings arrived there.

Städel Museum Conserve a Gandolfi Oil Sketch

June 18 2021

Image of Städel Museum Conserve a Gandolfi Oil Sketch

Picture: Städel Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Städel Museum in Frankfurt have published an interesting blog on the recent conservation of an oil sketch of Saints Petronius of Bologna and Bernardin of Siena by Gaetano Gandolfi. This sketch, which dates to c.1774, was acquired by the museum in 1920 and had been in storage for several decades. The removal of old varnish has revealed the fresh colouring and has been further enhanced by a new period Italian frame. Gandolfi's sketch will now hang alongside other eighteenth-century Italian masterpieces from the collection, including works by Giovanni Battista and Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo, Canaletto, Pompeo Batoni and Alessandro Magnasco.

The 'Hekking Mona Lisa' makes €2.9m

June 18 2021

Image of The 'Hekking Mona Lisa' makes €2.9m

Picture: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The aforementioned 'Hekking Mona Lisa' made a total of €2.9m (inc. fees) over its €200k - €300k estimate at Christie's Paris today. This total has smashed through the recent amounts raised for copies of comparable quality in 2019. I'm sure a few collectors might be digging around their stores for such copies in their own collections during the next few months...

Update - As it so happens, look at these two Leonardo copies (1) (2) coming up in the Sotheby's sale day sale...

Notice to "Internet Explorer" Users

You are seeing this notice because you are using Internet Explorer 6.0 (or older version). IE6 is now a deprecated browser which this website no longer supports. To view the Art History News website, you can easily do so by downloading one of the following, freely available browsers:

Once you have upgraded your browser, you can return to this page using the new application, whereupon this notice will have been replaced by the full website and its content.