The Hood Museum's Portrait of Madame Aignan de Sanlot

July 12 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

One story that seemed to escape the art press in 2022 (as far as I can tell) was The Hood Museum of Art's acquisition of Elisabeth-Louise Vigée Le Brun's Portrait of Madame Aignan de Sanlot. The work was sold at Sotheby's Paris in 2022 where it made €85,650 over its €25k - €35k estimate. Curator Elizabeth Rice Mattison has had an article published on the pastel in the most recent issue of Notes in the History of Art in case you'd like to read more.

Sleeper Alert!

July 12 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Social media was awash with speculation a few days ago regarding the following painting catalogued as 'Circle of Guido Reni (1575-1642) - St Agnes'. The picture realised £80,000 (hammer) over its £2k - £3k estimate at Mallams on Wednesday.

Cleveland acquire Maarten van Heemskerck Drawing

July 12 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Cleveland Museum of Art have acquired Maarten van Heemskerck's Jonah Cast Out by the Whale onto the Shore of Nineveh. This is the first drawing by the master to enter the museum's holdings and had most recently been in the Einar Perman collection, Stockholm.

According to the museum's website:

Heemskerck’s pen-and-ink work Jonah Cast Out of the Whale onto the Shore of Nineveh (1566) depicts the climactic episode of the biblical story of Jonah, when the prophet was swallowed by a fish and regurgitated three days later. The figures of Jonah, suspended in mid-air, and of God the Father, in the clouds above, recall types by artists such as Michelangelo, whose work Heemskerck studied in Rome. 

 

Jonah Cast Out of the Whale onto the Shore of Nineveh is the preparatory design for one of a four-part print series on the biblical book of Jonah, all of which were engraved by Philips Galle with text added by Hadrianus Junius. The three other drawings for the series are in museum collections in Boston and in the UK in Oxford and Cambridge. The first drawing by Maarten van Heemskerck to enter the CMA’s collection, its provenance includes the 17th-century architectural painter Pieter Saenredam and most recently the Einar Perman collection, Stockholm.

Fools at the Louvre

July 12 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Louvre in Paris have announced an upcoming exhibition entitled Figures du fou. Du Moyen Âge aux romantiques for this autumn. The show will explore the theme of the 'fool' in illuminated manuscripts, printed books and engravings, tapestries, paintings, sculptures, and objet d'art with a particular emphasis on the medieval and early modern age.

The exhibition will run from 16th October 2024 until 3rd February 2025.

Christie's Hiring Restitution Researcher

July 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's are hiring a Restitution Research Associate for their office in Vienna.

A list of the jobs associated with the role:

o   Executing due diligence checks on consigned property; including cross-referencing databases, maintaining record, checking archives and library work
o   Supporting and executing in-depth research into collectors, collections and objects to support future sales and claims discussions, as needed and directed
o   Researching and inputting into restitution databases; maintaining integrity of information
o   Assisting in preparation of client facing materials, management reports as directed
o   Maintaining departmental library and materials
o   Contributing to training programs

Job applications must be in by 14th July 2024 and no salary is indicated.

Good luck if you're applying!

Bologne au siècle des Lumières at the Musée Fesch

July 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition will be opening at the Musée Fesch in Corsica in three days' time. Bologne au siècle des Lumières. Art et science, entre réalité et théâtre, organised in collaboration with the Pinacoteca Nazionale, the Musei Civici the fondation de la Cassa di Risparmio de Bologne (CARISBO), promises to explore the lesser known paintings and artists of eighteenth-century Bologna.

The show will run from 13th July until 30th September 2024.

Madonna del Pantheon Conserved

July 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Rome that the so-called Madonna del Pantheon, an incredibly ancient religious painting possibly dating to the 7th century, has been conserved. The 8-month project, which included scientific analysis, was funded by the Italian fashion house Bulgari.

Dordrechts Museum looking for paintings relating to Johan de Witt

July 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

CODART (the international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art) have published an appeal on behalf of the Dordrechts Museum for several paintings relating to Johan de Witt (1625-1672). De Witt, who served as the grand pensionary of the Dutch Republic, will be the focus of an upcoming exhibition in Dordrecht in 2025 and the museum are trying to trace several pictures for the show. Click on the link to read more.

Museum Hof van Busleyden acquires Margaret of Austria Portrait

July 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museum Hof van Busleyden in Mechelen have announced their acquisition of a portrait of Margaret of Austria by the Workshop of Bernard van Orley. The painting was acquired at Sotheby's London's recent Day Sale where it made £45,600 over its £5k - £7k estimate.

Dürer in Australia

July 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

An exhibition entitled Albrecht Dürer’s Material Renaissance will be opening at The University of Melbourne in Australia on 22nd July 2024. The exhibition is part of an international project called Albrecht Dürer’s Material World – in Melbourne, Manchester and Nuremberg, which sees the linking up of universities in those cities focusing on the artist and his life and career.

According to the project's website:

Albrecht Dürer’s Material Renaissance explores how printmaking forged novel, engaging and creative ways of living, knowing and making the world. The exhibition brings to life the intense focus on materiality generated by one of the most innovative Renaissance artists, Albrecht Dürer – and also the material world of one of the most influential cities of the Renaissance: Nuremberg. Though a detailed examination of Renaissance Nuremberg’s artistic and print culture, the exhibition will explore themes including music and dance, weaponry and conflict, fashion, bodies and social relations, religious piety and persecution, and daily life in Renaissance households. Drawing on the University of Melbourne's remarkable collection of early modern prints and books, exhibits will feature some of Dürer’s most famous prints, including Melencolia I, and other treasures including the Nuremberg Chronicle and a leaf from the Gutenberg Bible.

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Foligno acquire Giovanni di Corraduccio

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Foligno in Italy have announced their acquisition of a triptych by Giovanni di Corraduccio. The work was acquired from the recent Evening Auction at Sotheby's London where it sold for £348,000 (inc. fees) over its £200k - £300k estimate. The foundation expressed that it is committed to to the recovery, protection and enhancement of the local historical and artistic heritage of Foligno in Perugia and the work will soon go on display at the Palazzo Cattani.

Point of View at the Rijksmuseum

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam have just opened a new exhibition exploring the theme of gender. Entitled Point of View, the show includes spotlights on new acquisitions including Gersinda Ter Borch's Portrait of Moses Ter Borch which was acquired by the museum earlier this year at TEFAF. Another of the leading images for the show is Jean-Laurent Mosnier's Portrait of Chevalier d’Éon (Charles Geneviève Louis Auguste André Timothée d' Éon de Beaumont) (pictured above), a copy of which was acquired by the NPG in London some years ago.

According to the museum's website:

These 150 paintings, prints, drawings, costumes, accessories, sculptures, photographs and furniture items from the Rijksmuseum collection show that gender is everywhere. See the 17th-century portraits in which all the children are wearing dresses. Discover how, in the 18th century, anybody who could afford it was wearing pink – as well as glitter, frills and floral patterns. Displayed together, these objects show that our ideas about masculinity, femininity and gender in its broadest sense are defined by their time and place.

Includes artworks by Gesina ter Borch, Marlene Dumas, Bartholomeus van der Helst, Kinke Kooi, Robert Mapplethorpe, Erwin Olaf, Maria Roosen, Charley Toorop and Sara Troost.

The exhibition will run until 1st September 2024.

More British Museum Jobs

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The British Museum are hiring some interesting roles at present including Managing Director and Curator of European Modern Collection 1800 to present respectively. Click on the links to read more concerning job descriptions, salaries and deadlines for applications.

Good luck if you're applying!

Oudrymania at Château de Chantilly

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Château de Chantilly opened a new exhibition last month dedicated to the animal painter Jean-Baptiste Oudry.

According to the exhibition's website:

Depicted in hunting, portraiture or combat, animals feature among the most striking images produced by Jean-Baptiste Oudry. A gifted artist with an unrivalled mastery of his technique, he brings us face-to-face with the animal repertoire as it existed in the 18th century, including in a series of three hunting scenes he painted for the Château de Chantilly, scattered to the four winds after the French Revolution but exceptionally brought together for this show.

Animal scenes were extremely popular with the leading collectors in the 18th century, including the princes of Condé, who commissioned them from the artist. A set of exquisite drawings by Oudry loaned from a private collection will feature in this exhibition alongside works from Chantilly’s collections, allowing visitors to see pieces never displayed in public before. These include a large number of illustrations for La Fontaine’s fables, showing how the fabulist and the artist use the animal kingdom to help us laugh at and reflect on human nature. These illustrations were so effective they were copied by the arts and crafts industry and included in their decorative production, examples of which can also be admired in the exhibition. Through paintings, drawings, objets d’art and rare books, this show shines a light into every corner of the OUDRYMANIA that has gripped art lovers for centuries.

You only have until the 6th October 2024 to catch Oudrymania for yourself.

Queen Victoria's Drawings coming up at Roseberys

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Artnet.com have published a short article on news that Roseberys will be selling a cache of drawings by Queen Victoria next week. The group, which were completed during Victoria's teenage years, are believed to have descended with her drawing instructor George Hayter's family.

Robilant+Voena send 800 Years of Art to Seoul

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The art dealers Robilant+Voena opened a new selling exhibition in Seoul, South Korea, last month. Entitled 800 Years of European Arts: From Gothic to Contemporary Art, the show represents a collaboration between the dealers and 'The Hyundai Seoul', which is described as 'a luxury department store with a museum-style exhibition space'.

According to their website:

From fourteenth-century gold grounds, to the revolution of oil paints in the sixteenth century; from the Baroque of the seventeenth century, to the vedutisti of the eighteenth century; from nineteenth-century portraiture and genre scenes to the dawn of Impressionism; from the groundbreaking developments the twentieth century and the post-War Italian pioneers, to the rise of conceptual art; culminating in the present day with a selection of contemporary artists whose unique styles reflect the ever-growing global artistic conversation.

Artists represented are: Dirck Jaspersz van Baburen, Jacopo Bassano, William Beechey, Louis-Gabriel Blanchet, Alighiero Boetti, Agostino Bonalumi, Abraham Brueghel, Alberto Burri, Vincenzo Cabianca, Bonino da Campione, Antonio Canale, called Canaletto, Enrico Castellani, Bartolomeo Cavarozzi, Michelangelo Cerquozzi, Marc Chagall, Viviano Codazzi, Virgilio Costantini, Guillaume Courtois, Edgar Degas, Elger Esser, Familiare del Boccati Lavinia Fontana, Lucio Fontana, Ubaldo Gandolfini, Artemisia Gentileschi, Gilbert & George, Francesco Granacci, Jean-Baptiste Greuze, Francesco Hayez, Damien Hirst, Fabrice Hyber, Antonio Joli, Jim Lambie, Martino Piazza da Lodi, Pietro Longhi, Alessandro Magnasco, Michele Marieschi, Marino Marini, Master of San Jacopo a Mucciana, Master of Sant’Ivo, Master of the Annunciation to the Shepherds, Joan Miró, Giuseppe Molteni, Jean-Baptiste Oudry, Giovanni Paolo Panini, Giulio Paolini, Bartolomeo Passerotti, Giuseppe Penone, Pablo Picasso, Alvaro Pirez d’Évora, Nicolas Poussin, Domenico Puligo, Mimmo Rotella, Paolo Scheggi, Rudolf Stingel, Michael Sweerts, Keith Tyson, Andrea Vaccaro, Gaspar van Wittel, called Vanvitelli, Franz Xaver Winterhalter, Fernando Yáñez de la Almedina.

The display will run until 18th September 2024.

Frans Hals and Workshop - RKD Studies

July 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The RKD in the Netherlands have finally published their Frans Hals and Workshop RKD Study online. This comprehensive study of all of Hals' paintings, undertaken by Prof. Dr. Claus Grimm, is presented in a new online form and draws great attention to the process of the artist alongside new considerations of his studio practise and collaboration with other named artists (see this article for an example of this new approach). There are many pieces of text which explain the visual analysis undertaken to identify the nuances outlined above.

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There is no doubt that this is a very exciting and important resource in regards to the future of catalogue raisonné projects. However, it is also bound to be controversial. Without pointing out any examples in particular, a quick surf through these pages will show that several rather famous paintings (including ones hanging in important museums and private collections) have been slightly (or significantly) downgraded and in some cases completely demoted to 'Workshop' in attributional terms. In fact, as the catalogue points out itself, there are some examples of paintings featured within that have appeared as recently in the 2023/24 London and Rijksmuseum shows as Frans Hals in full, however, have in his study been allocated to followers of completely different artists altogether. Having compared the websites of several museums and private collections to the attributions found in this study, it's clear that these institutions haven't budged just yet. We shall wait and see if and how the art world will respond in due course.

Nicholas Penny Resigns from AIL Panel

July 8 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper have reported on news that former director of The National Gallery, Nicholas Penny, has resigned from the Acceptance in Lieu (AIL) panel. The article suggests that this was due to recent changes, including the departure of the Arts Council's senior policy adviser on cultural property, Anastasia Tennant, which Penny stated “will seriously impair the panel’s efficiency and efficacy”. Click on the link to read the full story, which includes Penny's calls that the 'AIL system should now be removed from administration by the Arts Council and made an independent body reporting directly to the Department for Culture, Media and Sport.' The Arts Council are yet to respond to the article.

Versailles pre-empt Portrait of Sculptor Antoine-Denis Chaudet

July 8 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

La Gazette Drouot have published news that the Palace of Versailles has pre-empted Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Desmarais's Portrait of the Sculptor Antoine-Denis Chaudet. The painting had sold at Sotheby's Paris earlier in June where it realised €156,000 over its €80k - €120k estimate.

Ralph Sheldon's Portrait of Henry VIII Reidentified

July 8 2024

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Picture: Warwick Shire Hall via ArtUK

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I published a short blog over the weekend regarding an accidental discovery I made of a missing Portrait of Henry VIII. Having spotted it in the background of a photograph posted on 'X' / Twitter, I managed to work out that this distinctive arched topped portrait (now hanging in Warwick Shire Hall, owned by Warwickshire County Council) was originally part of the famous set assembled by Ralph Sheldon (c.1537–1613) in the 1590s for Weston House in Warwickshire. Fortunately, the portrait is housed in the same carved medallion frame as other surviving examples from the set, and the very same composition of Henry holding a sword is found in a later engraving of the Long Gallery at Weston.

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