Previous Posts: March 2022

Manet and Renoir given the McDonald's Treatment

March 1 2022

Image of Manet and Renoir given the McDonald's Treatment

Picture: DDB Athens & McDonald's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Greece that the advertising agency DDB Athens have just completed a new ad campaign for the fast-food giant McDonald's. The campaign features McDonald's packaging inserted into various paintings by Edouard Manet and Pierre-Auguste Renoir with the tagline Meant to be Classic written underneath.

Here is the Courtauld Gallery's A Bar at the Folies-Bergère given the chicken-nugget treatment:

And here is the MET's Renoir featuring a greasy paper bag:


None of this is brand new, of course. Famous paintings have been featured in ad campaigns for many decades now. Will this be an increasing trend in the age of Open Access images, I wonder?

Superbarocco set to open in Rome!

March 1 2022

Image of Superbarocco set to open in Rome!


Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Rome leg of the previously cancelled Genoese baroque exhibition is set to open this month. Superbarocco. Arte a Genova da Rubens a Magnasco will feature no fewer than 120 works produced in Genoa between the years 1600 and 1750.

The exhibition will be held in Rome's Scuderie del Quirinale between 26th March 2022 until 3rd July 2022.

The English exhibition catalogue can already be purchased here.

The National Trust conserve three Fathers of the Church

March 1 2022

Image of The National Trust conserve three Fathers of the Church

Picture: The National Trust

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Trust have shared news of the conservation and restoration of three oil paintings of Saints, known as the Fathers of the Church. The works, which depict Pope Gregory I, Saint Jerome and Saint Augustine Bishop of Hippo, are in the collection of Chastleton House in Oxfordshire. It is believed the panel paintings date to around the time the house was built in the opening decades of the seventeenth-century.

The article linked above explains that the fourth 'father' is missing:

However, a fourth painting of Saint Ambrose, a fourth century theologian and Bishop of Milan, is missing. A magazine article in 1919 noted the four paintings as a set so while it is thought to have hung in the house until the early 20th Century, nobody knows where it is now.

“It is a mystery,” said Ruth Peters, Senior Collections and House Officer at Chastleton. “We have an idea of what it would look like as the paintings are based on - but are not an exact copy of - a set of four Flemish engravings. The last members of the family to live at Chastleton before it came into the care of the National Trust have no memory of the fourth painting. It might have been sold or given away and so could be hanging on somebody’s wall, unrecognised.”


As a brief aside, I thought I would share this sneaky picture I took many years ago when I last visited Chastleton. It's a beautiful house filled with some interesting things. However, I could never quite understand why they decided to hang this rather fine Thomas Hudson (one of the collection's best pictures) well behind a rope off of a corridor.

The Burlington Magazine - Current Issue

March 1 2022

Image of The Burlington Magazine - Current Issue

Picture: The Burlington Magazine

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Burlington Magazine's latest edition has been published both online and in their usual hardcopy format.

Here's a list of the articles featured in March's edition:

Piranesi’s ‘Catalogo delle Opere’ BY ANDREW ROBISON

Picasso’s ‘Faun musician’: revealing the making, contextualising the meaning BY KRISTI DAHM, FRANCESCA CASADIO, JEAN-LOUIS ANDRAL

Anthony van Dyck in London: newly discovered documents BY JUSTIN DAVIES, JAMES INNES-MULRAINE

Carlo Maratti’s additions to the ‘Barberini Venus’ BY GIOVAN BATTISTA FIDANZA

A pastel ‘Study for a head’ by Boltraffio in the Biblioteca Ambrosiana, Milan BY ANTONIO MAZZOTTA,AGOSTINO ALLEGRI

Dante 1321–2021

The Spanish Gallery, Bishop Auckland BY ISABELLE KENT

Obituary: Richard Kendall (1946–2021) BY JAMES A. GANZ

Obituary: John White (1924–2021) BY JULIAN GARDNER

Forbidden Fruit: Female Still Life at Colnaghi

March 1 2022

Image of Forbidden Fruit: Female Still Life at Colnaghi

Picture: Colnaghi

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The dealers Colnaghi will be opening their latest old masters selling exhibition in April. This year's theme looks to be a very interesting one indeed, as it is dedicated to still lifes by female artists.

According to the company's press release:

COLNAGHI London presents a tantalising new exhibition devoted to female still life, the highlight of which is a spatially complex painting by the mannerist artist, Fede Galizia (pictured). An important rediscovery by Colnaghi, the work contributes to the reconstruction of Galizia’s corpus in her enigmatic final years. Forbidden Fruit: Female Still Life will include other rare works by Giovanna Garzoni, painter to the Medicis and one of the first women to practice the art of still life, as well as the only known painting by Caterina Angela Pierozzi, protégée of Grand Duchess Vittoria della Rovere. The exhibition will also feature the last painting by the hand of acclaimed Dutch botanical artist, Rachel Ruysch.

Open at Colnaghi London from April 27 through June 24, 2022, Forbidden Fruit builds upon Colnaghi's mission to spearhead new trends in art collecting, bringing the finest works in often overlooked categories to a new audience. This presentation includes work from the Renaissance to Baroque periods by: Giovanna Garzoni, Fede Galizia, Judith Leyster, Clara Peeters, Caterina Angela Pierozzi, Elisabetta Marchioni, Rachel Ruysch and others.

The Musée d'Orsay conserve a Monet

March 1 2022

Video: Musée d'Orsay

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée d'Orsay in Paris have just redisplayed a recently conserved painting by Claude Monet. Femmes au jardin (1866) has experienced a hard life, especially after being damaged several times and thus was covered by old campaigns of restoration. Fortunately, the work into researching and conserving the painting has been completed, nearly all of which can be accessed through the following webpage. The work was carried out by the Center And Search Restoration Musées De France (C2RMF)

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