Luca Giordano at Robert Simon

May 29 2024

Video: Robert Simon Fine Art

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The New York dealer Robert Simon will be opening an exhibition on the Neapolitan painter Luca Giordano in a few days' time. This selling exhibition, the first ever dedicated to the artist in New York, will draw from the gallery's stock alongside works lent from private collections.

According to the gallery's press release:

Robert Simon commented, “Giordano is beloved by me, and by many others, for his visceral appeal, for his varied style, and the vitality of his compositions. The idiosyncratic personality of the man is evident in every painting.”

The exhibition will be accompanied by an online catalogue with an introduction by Giordano scholar Giuseppe Scavizzi, viewable on the gallery’s website. Additionally, copies of Scavizzi’s English language monograph on the artist will be available for purchase during the exhibition. In addition to the more than a dozen works by Giordano, several works by his contemporaries will be on view.

The exhibition will be on display from 5th June until 28th June 2024.

La Bella Principessa in Kazakhstan

May 29 2024

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Picture: astanatimes.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The artwork known as the Bella Principessa will be the focus of a special exhibition at the National Museum of Kazakhstan in June. This intriguing portrait, which has an interesting backstory which can be read here, has at times been attributed to Leonardo da Vinci. The show will run from 7th June until 4th August 2024 and has been supported by the Embassy of Italy in Astana, Forte Bank, Mastercard, Scripta Maneant and the Italian Cultural Institute, as well as the Ministry of Culture and Information of the Republic of Kazakhstan.

Brancacci Chapel Restoration Completed

May 29 2024

Video: @MichelangeloBuonarrotietornato

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The restoration of the Brancacci Chapel in Florence has been completed after a 3 1/2 year project. Begun in November 2020, the project had included an in-depth analysis of the pigments and processes used in its creation by Masolino, Masaccio and Filippino Lippi. Findings will be presented in a special conference next Spring. Watch the video above to see some of the conservators at work, although, the accompanying music is awful, so I recommend muting your speakers beforehand.

Baltimore Lent Fragonards

May 29 2024

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Picture: artbma.org

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I missed news from the end of last year that the Baltimore Museum of Art have been lent two exquisite Fantasy Figures by Fragonard. The paintings have come from a private collection and are currently on display in the museum's European galleries.

According to the article linked above:

The two paintings were paired together in a private collection in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. First acquired by the celebrated Rothschild banking family in the 1880s, and now belonging to their descendants, the paintings were among the many works seized in 1938 following the Anschluss, or annexation of Austria to Nazi Germany, and returned after the end of World War II. The last time they were publicly exhibited together was at the National Gallery of Art in 2017. Now, this pair of fantasy figures faces each other across the doorway in the BMA’s Jacob Epstein gallery, reunited and in conversation with each other once again.

The University of Hong Kong are Hiring!

May 29 2024

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Picture: timeshighereducation.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The University of Hong Kong are hiring a Lecturer in European Art History.

According to the job description:

Applicants should have a Ph.D. degree in Art History or a related field.  We are particularly interested in candidates who can teach European art in periods between the middle ages and the 18th century.  However, we also welcome applicants with expertise in art histories that can complement our existing programme.  Candidates with experience in digital humanities or substantial involvement in museums and other art institutions are encouraged to apply.  The successful candidate will be expected to teach a workload of five courses for undergraduate and taught postgraduate students, provide academic guidance and supervision to students, and participate in departmental service.

The advert promises a 'highly competitive salary' and applications must be in by 30th June 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!

National Galleries of Scotland Image Rights

May 29 2024

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Picture: National Galleries of Scotland via @arthistorynews on 'X'

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Bendor has shared news on 'X' (formerly Twitter) that the National Galleries of Scotland no longer claim copyright in digital images of historic artworks. This came after the museum responded to a freedom of information request (FOI) following the recent Appeal Court clarification (in THJ vs Sherdian). Click on the link above the read the full thread.

I'm sure we'll hear more news on this in due course.

Christie's Client Data Held Ransom

May 29 2024

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Picture: artnews.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

More disturbing news has broken regarding the recent hacking of Christie's website. According to reports, the cyber extortion group 'Ransom Hub' says that it has the data of 50,000 clients from the auction house.

According to the article above:

“It is clear that if this information is posted they will incur heavy fines from the violation of GDPR as well as ruining their reputation with their clients and don’t care about their privacy,” the group apparently wrote in the message. [...]

In a statement, Christie’s spokesperson Edward Lewine said “our investigations determined there was unauthorized access by a third party to parts of Christie’s network,” adding that the hacker group gained “some limited amount of personal data” on certain clients, but that it had no evidence of “financial or transactional records” being compromised.

New Website for the Museum Prinsenhof Delft

May 29 2024

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Picture: Museum Prinsenhof Delft

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

CODART (the international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art) have pointed out that the Museum Prinsenhof Delft have launched a new website and online collection database. Their collection contains 16,000 works and many fine paintings too. The images uploaded online are rather good quality, many happy hours spent browsing to be had I'm sure!

Sleeper Alert!

May 29 2024

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Picture: Campo & Campo

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Social media has been awash with news that this painting, catalogued as 'Portrait of a Sultan' realised a staggering €3m over its €2,000 - €4,000 estimate yesterday at Campo & Campo in Belgium. The painting, which appears to be Dutch and quite possibly 17th century, is actually thought to depict an Indian ruler rather than a Turkish one.

Blog on!

May 29 2024

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Picture: AB

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Apologies for the slow service this week, I was away giving some tours of the pictures of Waddesdon Manor for the Sotheby's Institute yesterday. A breathtaking collection, days could be spent examining each of the rooms it seems.

Lots has happened since last week, so I better get going!

Christie's Paris Sale

May 24 2024

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Picture: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's Paris have uploaded their Maîtres Anciens : Peintures - Sculptures sale online. The auction will take place on 12th June 2024.

Among the top lots are Chardin's Le Melon entamé at €8m - €12m, a Watteau allegory of the alliance of music and comedy at €250k - €350k, an Abraham Mignon Still Life at €100k - €200k and a Head Study by Anne-Louis Girodet-Trioson at €80k - €120k.

Sorolla Museum acquire artist's copy of Velázquez

May 24 2024

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Picture: @MuseoSorolla

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Sorolla Museum in Madrid have announced their acquisition of Sorolla's copy of Velázquez's Christ Crucified. Sorolla had started making copies of famous old masters after his first trip to the Prado in 1881. This painting had appeared at auction back in March where it made €70,000.

Uffizi Sends Medici Portraits to the Palazzo dei Vicari

May 24 2024

Video: Uffizi

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Uffizi in Florence has sent a group of Medici Portraits to the Palazzo dei Vicari in Mugello for a special exhibition which opened last week.

According to the gallery's website:

Lands of the Uffizi brings the Medici family portraits to the noble halls of Scarperia’s Palazzo dei Vicari to evoke the lengthy and widespread presence of the Medici in the country and towns of the Mugello, the family’s legendary homeland. From 19 May to 5 November the Museo dei Ferri Taglienti in Scarperia and San Piero will be hosting "The Medici: Mugello Folk. Family portraits from the Gallerie degli Uffizi", an exhibition devised and produced by the Fondazione CR Firenze and the Gallerie degli Uffizi in the context of their respective Piccoli Grandi Musei and Uffizi Diffusi schemes.

The portraits of the Dukes and their consorts in this exhibition are by leading Florentine artists who populated the art scene in the city in the 1530s and ‘40s, following in the footsteps of such great early 16th century masters as Fra Bartolomeo, Raphael, Michelangelo and Andrea del Sarto.

The display will run until 5th November 2024.

Sculptural Portrait of Brunelleschi Discovered

May 24 2024

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Picture: ansa.it

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Italy that a terracotta bust of the famous architect Filippo Brunelleschi has been discovered. The work by Andrea di Lazzaro Cavalcanti called il Buggiano (1412-1462) was discovered in a Florentine residence and has been purchased by the  Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore for €300,000. Click on the link to see a photograph of the bust.

Rembrandt and Children at The British Museum

May 24 2024

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Picture: The British Museum

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The British Museum have recently opened a small exhibition dedicated to the subject of Rembrandt and Children. The display is focused around their recent acquisition of a Rembrandt drawing showing a sleeping baby.

According to the museum's website:

Children appear in many guises in Dutch and Flemish art: studies for formal portraits, with examples by Anthony van Dyck, tender domestic scenes, best represented by Rembrandt and his pupils, and in playful depictions of daily life, such as Adriaen van Ostade's interiors populated by children, who play, sleep, cry and perform domestic duties. In this context, the drawings of children by Rembrandt and his circle appear seemingly timeless – observed from life, not embellished or idealised, they connect with us, almost 400 years later.

The show will run until 6th October 2024.

Louvre Acquires Rosso Fiorentino Drawing

May 24 2024

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Picture: @MuseeLouvre

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Louvre has announced on 'X' their acquisition of a rare drawing by Rosso Fiorentino (1495–1540). The work on paper is a design for a cantorial staff of Notre-Dame in Paris and had been included in last year's exhibition on The treasury of Notre-Dame Cathedral.

Stolen Francis Bacon Portrait Recovered in Spain

May 24 2024

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Picture: BBC

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Spain that a stolen painting by Francis Bacon has been recovered by the authorities. A group of pictures from the same collection had been stolen a number of years ago, with three begin recovered in 2017. This example, depicting the banker José Capelo had purportedly been valued at €5m.

Katherine Parr Cleaned

May 23 2024

Image of Katherine Parr Cleaned

Picture: Left - Sotheby's / Right - @NPGLondon via 'X'

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Portrait Gallery in London have shared a photo on 'X' showing the recently restored portrait of Katherine Parr (right), the last wife of King Henry VIII. The painting, attributed to Master John, had been sold from the collection of the Earls of Jersey at Sotheby's in 2023 (left) and is now in a private collection. The conservation of this portrait has been very successful by the looks of it. Those bold blocks of colour in the background, set against Katherine's face and intricate dress, gives the portrait a remarkably modern feel I think.

It appears that the painting will be included in the NPG's upcoming Six Wives exhibition which opens in June.

Cornelis van der Geest's Quentin Metsys Discovered

May 23 2024

Image of Cornelis van der Geest's Quentin Metsys Discovered

Picture: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Christie's London have released news that the prime version of Quentin Metsys' Madonna of the Cherries has been discovered. The work had actually appeared as 'Studio of' back in 2015 (pictured left), however, the recent cleaning of the picture has shown it to be a painting of high quality. Furthermore, it appears that this picture is the same that was once owned by Cornelis van der Geest and appears in a famous painting of his gallery by Willem van Haecht.

The painting will be offered in the upcoming Christie's London Old Masters Part I sale carrying an estimate of £8m - £12m.

Compton Verney are Hiring!

May 23 2024

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Picture: Compton Verney

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Compton Verney are hiring a Folk Art Curator.

The main purpose of the role is the following:

To lead a two-year research and engagement project to reimagine and redefine Compton Verney’s historic Folk Art Collection. This will involve working to propose new definitions for an inclusive, living collection, which reflects modern British society and also explores the social context within which historic objects in the collection were made. It will include developing relationships with regional communities to develop a new acquisitions and loans strategy to broaden the scope of the Folk Art collection to include a broader representation of objects, customs, cultures and beliefs that is representative of UK demographics and cultures in the 21st century but with a specific focus on the Midlands regions. The role will also review and develop a new interpretation framework which is accessible to a broad audience and reflects the social histories that generated the collections objects.

The job comes with an annual salary of £30,000 and applications must be in by 12th June 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!

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