AI Recreates Destroyed Velázquez

April 23 2024

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Picture: El Pais

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Here's an interesting story which I failed to spot earlier on this month. A project, undertaken by the artist Fernando Sánchez Castillo, has recreated Velázquez's Expulsion of the Moriscos which was destroyed by a fire in 1734. Essentially, detailed descriptions were used, alongside a rediscovered sketch, to build up the image produced on the right.

According to the article linked above:

Armed with Palomino’s text and the preliminary sketch that Velázquez would use as a starting point for his larger painting, Sánchez turned next to Paula García, a student at the Complutense University of Madrid who wrote her thesis on AI applied to contemporary sculpture. Using a blend of history and technology, the two spent over 100 hours reconstructing Velázquez’s Expulsion of the Moriscos. They say 80% of the result is derived from artistic creations and 20% is due to AI. “People always have this natural suspicion about artificial intelligence,” said Sánchez.


Well, from what I can see the image does look a bit stiff and odd! However, I suppose it's a good start of sorts.

Holkham are Hiring!

April 23 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Holkham Hall in Norfolk, which houses a very fine historic collection of artworks, are hiring a Collections Co-ordinator.

According to the job description the roles include:

• Have primary responsibility for day-to-day management of the collections, to be the first point of call within the hall and respond to any needs as required and seeking guidance from the wider Collections Team where necessary.
• To have a good working knowledge of Qi, the bespoke collections management system, creation of manuals as appropriate, and using the system to record the comprehensive management of the collection and associated activities.
• To respond in a timely fashion to requests from the family and senior management regarding the collections.
• To be the contact for conservators and other collection specialists requiring or requesting access to the collection; supervising visits and responding to questions.
• To answer enquiries and supervise researchers while using the collection as required.
• (Represent the Holkham Estate in meetings and discussions of the Treasure House Housekeeping Forum, Private Houses Curators Group and other such organisations as requested.)
• Assist the Head of Collections with loan requests as required. 

The job comes with a salary between £26,000 - £27,000 and applications must be in by 13th May 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!

Christie's New York May Sale

April 23 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's New York have published their upcoming May Old Master Paintings sale.

Top lots in the sale include a Workshop of Hans Memling Virgin and Child, an unpublished St Jerome by Van Dyck, a Guardi View of the Piazzetta in Venice, and a Moretto da Brescia of a Virgin and Child. There are also a good group of English pictures, including works by Sir Thomas Lawrence, George Stubbs, John Constable and Sir Peter Lely.

Alongside this sale is also a private collection of Old Master and European Paintings which are being offered without reserve (many bargains to be had I'm sure!).

Both sales will take place on 23rd May 2024.

Upcoming Release: Gesina ter Borch

April 22 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Lund Humphries will be publishing a new book by MET curator Adam Eaker on the seventeenth century artist Gesina ter Borch in October 2024. The publication claims to be the first major biographical, in any language, on the artist.

According to the blurb:

Gesina ter Borch (1631-1690) was a Dutch watercolourist and draughtswoman whose work survives primarily in the form of three albums of watercolours and calligraphy, now held at the Rijksmuseum. Despite the fact that her oeuvre is securely attributed and thoroughly catalogued, Ter Borch has surprisingly never been the subject of a dedicated monograph, until now. For the first time, this book highlights Ter Borch’s watercolours and calligraphy in their own right, as well as her work as an art teacher, an archivist, and an artist’s model, and questions a historiography of women’s art that frequently values oil painting over other media, and work for the market over 'amateur' production.

Adam Eaker revisits Gesina ter Borch’s role in the genesis of Dutch 'high-life' genre painting and its construction of gender and social class, comparing her art with that of her brother Gerard, and in so doing allows for a more nuanced understanding of the ideologies and achievements of Dutch genre painting.

The book will be released on 15th October 2024 and is available for pre-order.

Kelmscott Manor Raising last £40,000 to Conserve Tapestries

April 22 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Kelmscott Manor, the former Oxfordshire country house of William Morris, is raising the last £40,000 to conserve and reinstate their set of 17th century tapestries. They have already raised £306,000, which is quite an effort, but are asking the public for help to complete the full amount.

According to the website linked above:

One of the Manor’s most important spaces is the Tapestry Room, with its 17th-century Dutch tapestries, a rare survival of its Manor’s pre-Morris interiors. Originally a bedroom, the Tapestry Room acquired an added significance when William Morris and Dante Gabriel Rossetti took on the joint tenancy of Kelmscott Manor in 1871.

Morris loved these rare wall-hangings mellowed by age, declaring that they gave the Tapestry Room ‘an air of romance which nothing else would quite do’. He gravitated there, using it as both workspace and sitting room. It was tapestries such as these that inspired him to learn the technique himself and set about reinventing it.

Click on the link above if you'd like to help and made a donation.

The National Gallery acquired work by Eva Gonzalès

April 22 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery in London announced their acquisition of a work by Eva Gonzalès last week. The purchased was made possible by three generous legacy gifts from Mrs Martha Doris Bailey, Miss Gillian Cleaver, and Ms Sheila Mary Holmes, and the National Gallery Trust, and cost the gallery £1,492,000 through a tax advantageous private treaty sale.

According to their press release:

Christopher Riopelle, The Neil Westreich Curator of Post 1800 Paintings at the National Gallery, says: ‘Remarkably, this important rediscovery by an artist who captures increasing international attention has been in a private British collection, unseen in public for more than seventy years. We are excited that it has come to the National Gallery. The world of Impressionist studies, and of women artists studies is, if anything, even more excited.’

Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery, says: ‘Joining Manet’s portrait of Eva Gonzalès, this work by the artist herself helps to enrich the story the Gallery tells about 19th-century French painting. Eva died young and her works are rare. We are grateful to the legacy-givers who have enabled us to buy it.’

The YCBA are Hiring!

April 22 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Yale Center for British Art are hiring a Senior Curatorial Assistant.

According to the job description:

Working independently under the guidance of the Chief Curator and the Curatorial Project Manager, the Senior Curatorial Assistant provides robust curatorial support for exhibitions and special projects during the term of the position. The Senior Curatorial Assistant will be involved in all phases of exhibition management, from conducting scholarly research and writing, to organizing meetings, creating PowerPoint presentations, assisting with exhibition layouts, as well as performing general logistical and administrative tasks in support of the Chief Curator’s projects. More specifically, the postholder will have an opportunity to contribute to two upcoming contemporary art exhibitions, on Tracey Emin and Hew Locke, in addition to other projects. 

Neither a wage indication (as far as I can work out) or a deadline for applications has been posted.

Stolen Christ Church Painting Recovered in Romania

April 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Breaking news this morning that one of the three stolen old masters from the Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford has been recovered by police in Romania. Salvator Rosa's A Rocky Coast was stolen during the covid crisis back in 2020 and has recently been handed in to the authorities in Bucharest.

According to reports:

Romanian police were contacted by a man in possession of the Rosa painting, who had sold on the other two artworks in the country. [...]

The man chose to return the Rosa painting, which dates to the late 1640s, to the authorities and has been treated as a witness. He has not been arrested.

It was recovered by Thames Valley Police and the gallery's curator, Jacqueline Thalmann, in Bucharest last month. [...]

Thames Valley Police's Det Ch Insp James Mather said officers were working with Eurojust and Europol to gather further intelligence, including forensic analysis, into where the other two artworks were.

He said officers had a "significant forensic harvest" from the recovered painting, which now needs to be analysed.

But he said he was "optimistic" it could provide police with some lines of inquiry.

Quite incredible to imagine that these two masterpieces are floating around in Romania at present, I wonder how much the alleged 'witness' sold them for?

18th Century Masterpieces from the Uffizi in Shanghai

April 18 2024

Video: International Channel Shanghai

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Bund One Art Museum in Shanghai opened a new exhibition last week of 18th Century Masterpieces from the Uffizi in Florence. The show contains no fewer than 80 paintings including works by Francisco Goya, Canaletto, François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Bernardo Bellotto, Jean-Étienne Liotard, Giuseppe Maria Crespi and others.

The show will run until 25th August 2024.

Ruskin Drawings with Guy Peppiatt

April 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The London dealer Guy Peppiatt will be opening a selling exhibition of drawings by John Ruskin from a private collection in a few days' time. The display of 46 works will be on view in Mason's Yard, Duke Street, from 22nd April until 3rd May 2024. Click here to see the full catalogue of works.


Please do get in touch if there are any interesting dealer exhibition / catalogues that are worth featuring on the blog!

Free MET Talk on Mistakes, Fakes, and Second Takes

April 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

In case any readers in the US are looking for something to do in New York tomorrow evening, the Metropolitan Museum of Art are hosting a free talk with the fascinating title The Michael and Juliet Rubenstein Lectures on Connoisseurship—Drawing Connoisseurship from the Art Market to the British Museum: Mistakes, Fakes, and Second Takes.

According to the museum's website:

In the second Michael and Juliet Rubenstein Lecture on Connoisseurship, Hugo Chapman [Simon Sainsbury Keeper of Prints and Drawings, The British Museum] discusses how he fell under the spell of Raphael's drawings as a student, the ups and downs of working in an auction house, and the challenges of putting a name to every Italian drawing in the British Museum when the collection was digitized. Learn how connoisseurship has become a more collaborative exercise and how close looking can still yield surprising discoveries.

The talk will take place tomorrow (19th April 2024) between 6pm - 7pm local time.

Women Artists Installations at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

April 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts have organised a new series of installations in their galleries to draw attention to works by female artists (spotted via. @artherstory). Entitled Spotlight : Women Artists in the Early Modern European Art Collection, the displays promise to spark new conversations about 'what and who defines great art'.

According to their website:

Did you know women make up less than 1% of the named artists in the MMFA’s collection of historical European paintings, sculptures and works on paper? Most of their works have rarely, if ever, been exhibited at the Museum. [...]

Bringing together collection highlights, new acquisitions and never-exhibited works from storage, this presentation curated by Chloé M. Pelletier, Curator of European Art (before 1800), showcases women artists in the Museum’s permanent collection while questioning the value systems that kept them in the shadows for so long.

Greuze and Michelangelo Soar at Christie's

April 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

There were some encouraging results in yesterday's A Park Avenue Collection at Christie's New York.

Amongst the lots that soared was Greuze's A girl weeping over her dead bird (pictured), which realised $2,470,000 over its $600k - $800k estimate. It is worth having a good look at the painting on a big screen, and zooming into the beautifully preserved areas of impasto found throughout this picture - I'm sure it must have looked brilliant in the flesh!

Other works that soared included a charming Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun drawing of a Boy, which realised $176,400 over its $60k - $80k estimate, and a Veronese Adoration which made $352,800 over its $80k - $120k estimate.

Amongst the most surprising results was an enormous price made for a tiny scrap of paper featuring a rectangular block of marble drawn by Michelangelo. The object made $201,600 over its estimate of $6,000 - $8,000. I suppose for certain collectors this sort of thing might be like buying a clipped autograph on paper, of sorts.

Heemskerck Conserved and Decoupled

April 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Interesting news from the Netherlands that a conservation project on Maarten van Heemskerk's Saint Luke Painting the Madonna has recently been completed. The painting, now in the Frans Hals museum, was found to have been two separate paintings which were joined and overpainted at some point during the end of the sixteenth century (click on the link above the see the before image). The work was undertaken in preparation for an exhibition on the artist which opens in September.

Free Turner Lecture

April 17 2024

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Picture: Paul Mellon Centre

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Paul Mellon Centre and the Turner Society are hosting a free lecture later this month on the subject of The City “Anchored in the Deep Ocean” Dickens, Turner and Venice

Here's a summary of the talk which will be presented by Professor Malcolm Andrews:

This lecture argues for affinities between Dickens’ prose evocation of Venice and Turner’s oils and watercolours of the city. In 1844, writing from there to a friend, Dickens confided that “I never saw the thing before that I should be afraid to describe. But to tell what Venice is, I feel to be an impossibility”. The same letter also invoked the Venetian paintings of Canaletto, Stanfield and Turner. Accordingly, in composing his Pictures from Italy (1846) Dickens gave a separate chapter to Venice, titled “An Italian Dream”, which shows a radical stylistic rupture from the broadly conventional travel narrative in the rest of the book.

The National Gallery are Hiring!

April 17 2024

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Picture: BBC

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery in London are hiring an Exhibitions Assistant.

According to the job description:

The National Gallery is seeking an Exhibitions Assistant to support the organisation and delivery of a range of exhibitions for our Trafalgar Square and Touring Exhibitions programme. Working concurrently on multiple projects, supporting different Exhibition Managers, you will need to be a highly organised, positive individual with a keen eye for detail. You will bring experience of working in a busy administrative role and can show yourself to be a calm, considerate and collaborative team member with the ability to work well with departments across the Gallery as well as with a number of external stakeholders.

The job comes with an annual salary of £28,655* and applications must be in by 26th April 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!


* - Considering the salaries of the (albeit more senior) jobs I've posted here recently, this amount feels a little depressing indeed.

More Upcoming July Sale Paintings

April 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Watchers of the Art Council's 'Private Treaty Sales' page will have spotted several Old Master Paintings which will be included in the upcoming London sales in July. This includes the following portrait 'Attributed to Joos van Cleve', descending from the Alfred Morrison collection, coming up at Christie's. Three other paintings from the collection of the Earl of Harewood are also present, including a fine John Singer Sargent view of the interior of the Doge's Palace, an Alfred Munnings and an Italian Cassone panel.

Catharina van Hemessen (?) Unveiled in Cincinnati

April 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Curious news from Cincinnati that a private collector has loaned a purportedly rediscovered religious work by Catharina van Hemessen to the city's University library for a special exhibition entitled Rediscovering Catharina van Hemessen’s Scourging of Christ: Women Artists, Patrons, and Rulers in Renaissance Europe. The signed work (see above) was brought to the university's attention after technical analysis was undertaken on it by a conservator.

According to the article linked above:

Before the painting landed in Cincinnati, it was briefly displayed in Detroit. The painting's frame reads "collection of E. Raymond Field," a previous owner, and "Exhibited Detroit Institute of Arts."

The exhibition in Detroit was one of only two times in the last 50 to 75 years the "Scourging of Christ" was publicly displayed, [Chris] Platts said.

"Most people don't even know it exists because it's not on public display. It's not in a lot of the Hemmesen books and articles," he said.

"So curators who are doing a show on famous Renaissance women or Baroque women artists wouldn't even know about its existence, or if they do, they wouldn't know where to find it," he added. "That's what makes it special to have it here."

The painting will be on display until 30th April 2024, and it appears that no other comments from other Italian paintings experts have been supplied.

The NGA Washington are Hiring!

April 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC are hiring a Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings.

According to the job description:

The National Gallery seeks a dynamic and motivational senior curator to lead its renowned prints and drawings division. The new Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings will join the National Gallery at a transformative moment in its history as it implements a reinvigorated mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities that center diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in all its work. The position is a remarkable opportunity for a creative scholar interested in activating the art of the past and present for contemporary audiences. [...]

The Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings plays a vital leadership role at the National Gallery and is one of four senior curators reporting to the Chief Curatorial and Conservation Officer (CCCO). The new curator will galvanize and direct the activities of the prints and drawings division to conceive and implement innovative, forward-thinking and audience-centered curatorial strategies, scholarship, and public service. The incumbent will be committed to diversity, equity, access, and inclusivity (DEAI) principles as they impact scholarship, collections development, staff management, and audience engagement. The three other senior curators oversee respective curatorial departments of European and American art, modern and contemporary art, and photographs. Together with the Chief of Conservation and Chief Registrar, the four senior curators serve the CCCO as a key leadership team to help manage and direct the curatorial and conservation division by advancing the National Gallery’s mission, vision, and values.

The job comes with an annual salary between $175,000 and $221,000 (!), and no deadline for applications has been published.

Good luck if you're applying!

Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt at The Frick Pittsburgh

April 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Frick Pittsburgh, the location of the Frick family's residence in Pennsylvania, have just opened a special display of artworks reuniting collections amassed by Henry Clay Frick and his daughter Helen Clay Frick. This has been possible due to the closure of The Frick Collection in New York, which is due to reopen in the autumn of 2024.

According to the blurb on the museum's website:

The Frick Pittsburgh partners with New York-based The Frick Collection for the first time to unite the collections of 19th-century industrialist Henry Clay Frick and his daughter, philanthropist Helen Clay Frick. Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt: Forging the Frick Collections in Pittsburgh & New York explores the Fricks' shared passion for art collecting, how their iconic acquisitions shaped the museums they established, and how we define great art today.

Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt features awe-inspiring masterworks, including works by Titian, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Whistler, El Greco, Ingres, and Vermeer—one of only 36 known works by the artist in the world. The exhibition marks a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see artworks from these two extraordinary collections alongside—and in some cases reunited with—one another.

The show will run until 14th July 2024.

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