Germany slashes VAT on Art Sales to 7%

June 7 2024

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Newspaper has reported on news that Germany have reduced VAT on the sale of art to 7%. The previous rate had been 19%.

According to the article:

The Bundesverband Deutscher Galerien und Kunsthändler (BVDG), the dealers’ association, has been pushing for the reintroduction of the reduced 7% rate for the past 10 years. It says the imposition of the 19% rate caused the art market to stagnate and galleries to close, and deterred people from opening new ones. The culture ministry said the reduction in the rate “eliminates imbalances in taxation and strengthens Germany’s art market, including on an international level.”

New Tudor Galleries at Hampton Court

June 7 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Exciting news that new galleries will be opening at Hampton Court next month. It appears that the new displays will feature lots of artworks, including Tudor portraits from the HRP's collection supplemented by loans from The Royal Collection.

According to the Historic Royal Palaces' website:

Discover the oldest rooms at Hampton Court Palace and meet the ordinary men and women who enabled the Tudor court to exist and flourish.

The Wolsey Rooms were originally built for Thomas Wolsey, Henry VIII's chief minister, when he owned Hampton Court in the 1520s. Explore his world and the events of the early years of Henry VIII’s reign.

This remarkable story of an ambitious royal dynasty is told through rare and important 16th-century artworks and historic objects, as well as interactive displays. Find out about the achievements of the Tudors, and the impact of their rule in an age of great change. In the tumultuous 16th century, English people had to adapt to survive, while European exploration – and exploitation – of the wider world affected lives everywhere.

The galleries will open to the public on 13th July 2024.

Have you seen this man?

June 7 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

CODART have shared news that the curators of the Serlachius Museums in Mänttä and Museum De Lakenhal in Leiden are looking for works by the elusive Monogrammist I.S. This in aid of an upcoming exhibition on the unknown master, which is scheduled to open in Finland in August 2025, and moving to Leiden the following year.

According to the website:

The two museums are collaborating on an exhibition about the work of this enigmatic artist, who was active between 1632 and 1658. Little is known about his or her identity, except that they seem to have worked in Leiden and traveled through Scandinavia and/or Eastern Europe. 

Click on the link to see images of the works the curators are searching for.

Bellissimo! in Freiburg

June 6 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I failed to spot that a new exhibition opened in the Augustinermuseum in Freiburg last month entitled Bellissimo! Italian paintings from the Lindenau Museum Altenburg (via @bastianeclercy).

According to the city's website:

Magnificent golds and bright colors, elegant lines and refined artistic techniques - this is how precious Italian paintings by Fra Angelico, Guido da Siena or Sandro Botticelli inspire. They were created in famous art centers such as Florence or Siena. The exhibition shows the pictorial world of churches and private devotion, but also offers insights into the art of stately courts. The Lindenau Museum in Altenburg owns one of the most important collections of Italian paintings from the 13th to the early 16th century abroad. On the occasion of its renovation, the treasures are guests in Freiburg. 

The show will continue until 3rd November 2024.

Bellotto can stay in Houston, says Court

June 6 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A group of judges in US Fifth Circuit court of appeals have upheld the decision to dismiss claims from the heirs of Max J. Emden over the ownership of Bellotto's The Marketplace at Pirna, a painting which has been in the MFA Houston since the 1960s. The case hinges upon a mix-up made just after the war, where Dutch authorities confused two versions of the same composition (one being a copy), thus sending Bellotto's prime version to the wrong owner. Click on the link above to read the full story.

New Release: Maurice Quentin de La Tour - L'Oeil absolu

June 6 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new book on Maurice Quentin de La Tour has been published today. The volume by Xavier Salmon, Director of works on paper at the Louvre, is the first monograph on the artist since 1928.* Comprising of 600 pages, featuring over 550 illustrations, the book has been published by the Parisian publishers Cohen&Cohen.

* - Although the last print catalogue raisonné was published in 1928, Neil Jeffares published a new online catalogue as part of his Pastellists website in 2022 which can be accessed for free here.

Beale & Son Acquired by Tate Britain

June 6 2024

Video: Philip Mould & Co

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I made a trip to Tate's recently opened Now You See Us exhibition yesterday afternoon, and what a visual feast it was. One of the first great surprises was the fact that Tate have just acquired Mary Beale's Portrait of Anne Sotheby, a picture which was only recently uncovered by Philip Mould & Co. in their exhibition as a collaboration between Mary and her son Charles (watch Lawrence Hendra above explaining its significance). A very fine acquisition indeed, which complimented the nice array of her works on display there.

The show is full of some very interesting pictures, many of which I've only ever seen poor black and white photographs of. One of the most striking features of the show is how many of the paintings on display remain nestled away in private collections, supplemented by loans predominantly it seems from The Royal Collection and other aristocratic sources mixed in with works from the trade. One wonders whether the ever-increasingly high prices for such rare and important works might tempt more pieces out into the open in due course.

Among the highlights was seeing this very refined Self Portrait by Katherine Read, who is well represented in the show with both oils and pastels. I would recommend having a read through Neil Jeffares' entry on the artist for his Pastellists website, which remarkably remains one of the most thorough and scholarly accounts of her life to date!

The show will run until 13th October 2024.

Miguel Cabrera in Madrid

June 5 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museo de America in Madrid have just opened a new exhibition dedicated to Miguel Cabrera (1695–1768), an artist who was born in Oaxaca and later moved to Mexico City. The show features 23 works by the artist, including many painting which appear to have been recently restored especially for the display.

The exhibition will run until 13th October 2024.

Watch Correggio Conservation in Dresden

June 5 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

This blog appears to have missed the news that the The Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden are allowing visitors to go and see the conservation of Correggio's Madonna of Saint Sebastian. The project, which started back in 2022, involved a temporary conservation studio being built in the gallery which is accessible to visitors. It appears that art lovers will have until the end of the year (2024) to go and see the conservation of this enormous oil on panel painting.

The Art Loss Register is Hiring!

June 5 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Art Loss Register is hiring a Researcher.

According to the job description:

We are currently looking for a permanent staff member to join our Restitution team in London. The role includes research into the provenance of artworks predating 1946 as well as servicing our global client base. The candidate must be a fluent German speaker and have a strong interest in history and the art world, in particular research and restitution issues relating to cultural property. They should have experience of and enjoy working in a fast-paced, commercial environment where analysing and assessing risks goes hand in hand with making decisions independently under time pressure. While a background in art and/or (German) history is useful for this role, we are looking for candidates with risk management/risk assessment skills. This experience does not necessarily need to have been gained in the art world.

No salary is indicated and applications must be in by 30th June 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!

The Louvre Conserve Arcimboldo Seasons

June 5 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Louvre in Paris have shared news that they have conserved their set of Giuseppe Arcimboldo's celebrated Seasons. The project undertaken by conservator Roberto Merlo had included the removal of floral garlands which had decorated the margins of these portraits (which can be seen here), as they were deemed to have been added in the eighteenth century. Another very interesting conservation project undertaken by this traditionally cautious museum - let's see what will be cleaned next...

The restored paintings are on view from today onwards, so do go and see them if you happen to be in Paris!

Flora Yukhnovich at the Wallace Collection

June 5 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new contemporary art installation opens at the Wallace Collection in London today. Following in the footsteps of Damian Hirst, Tom Ellis and shoes extraordinaire Manolo Blahník, the museum's latest contemporary artist collaboration is with Flora Yukhnovich, an artist who has made her fame with deconstructed Rococo canvases. A few snaps of the preview from last night posted on social media show that some of the gallery's large paintings by Boucher etc. have been replaced with Yukhnovich's, which will make for an interesting experiment indeed.

The free displays will run until 3rd November 2024.

Court Case over Egon Schiele's Wife

June 4 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A court case surrounding the ownership and potential restitution of Egon Schiele's Portrait of the Artist's Wife has just ended with closing statements in Rochester, NY. The story is a long and winding one, but there are claims from the heirs of Heinrich Rieger (Schiele's dentist) and the heirs of the Jewish art collector and textile merchant Karl Mayländer over the war-time ownership of the work. The work is currently owned by The Robert Owen Lehman Foundation who had planned to sell it at Christie's, until questions about earlier provenance were raised. The article above has the full story, along with some rather interesting court room photographs of various attorneys standing with various books and easels.

Donatello's Judith and Holofernes Conserved

June 4 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Italy that Donatello's bronze of Judith and Holofernes has been conserved and redisplayed to the public. The sculpture, in the collections of Palazzo Vecchio, has just completed a ten-month conservation project which was funded in part by the Friends of Florence Foundation. Click on the link to see images of the newly restored work.

Art Exhibition for the G7 Summit in Puglia

June 4 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A special exhibition has been organised in the Mesagne Castle, Puglia, to coincide with Italy's hosting of the upcoming 2024 G7 summit. Dedicated to Seven Centuries of Italian Art, artists represented include Luca Signorelli, Andrea del Verrocchio, Raphael, Titian, Leonardo, Artemisia Gentileschi, Guido Reni, Gian Lorenzo Bernini, Antonio Canova and Bernardo Bellotto.

The show will run from 13th June 2024 until 30th November 2024, let's hope the attendees of the summit (or their minions) find time to go and have a look.

Géricault's Horses

June 3 2024

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Picture: museevieromantique.paris.fr

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

This remarkably fine poster is promoting an exhibition which recently opened at the Le Musée de la Vie romantique in ParisLes Chevaux de Géricault [or Géricault's Horses] brings together one hundred works, featuring an impressive list of antique horses, English horses, military horses, horse races, portraits of heads, rumps and equestrian portraits.

The exhibition will run until 15th September 2024.

François Lemoyne Frescos Being Restored

June 3 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from France of the ongoing restoration of François Lemoyne's frescos completed for the la chapelle de la Vierge in the l’église Saint-Sulpice, Paris. The vast project, which covers 373 m² of frescos, will be revealed to the public later in July.

Sotheby's Paris Sale

June 3 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Sotheby's Paris have uploaded their upcoming Tableaux et Dessins 1400–1900 auction online. This sale will take place on 19th June 2024.

Amongst the highlights are a Mourning Virgin and Christ Crowned with Thorns by the Studio of Albrecht Bouts, a pair of Capricci by Panini, a Venetian scene by Marieschi (pictured),  a classical scene by Sébastien Bourdon, and a very beautiful portrait of the sculptor Antoine-Denis Chaudet by Jean-Baptiste Frédéric Desmarais.

Upcoming Release: Glorious Lessons John Trumbull, Painter of the American Revolution

May 31 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Yale University Press will be releasing a new book in July focusing on the paintings of John Trumbull, the artist who created many famous pictures during the American Wars of Independence. The publication has been written by Richard Brookhiser.

According to the publisher's website:

John Trumbull (1756–1843) experienced the American Revolution firsthand—he served as aid to George Washington and Horatio Gates, was shot at, and was jailed as a spy. He made it his mission to record the war, giving visual form to what most citizens of the new United States thought: that they had brought into the world a great and unprecedented political experiment. His purpose, he wrote, was “to preserve and diffuse the memory of the noblest series of actions which have ever presented themselves in the history of man.” Although Trumbull’s contemporaries viewed him as a painter, Trumbull thought of himself as a historian.

The book will be released on 23rd July 2024.

Fra Angelico at the Palazzo Strozzi

May 31 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Palazzo Strozzi in Florence have released details regarding a major exhibition they are planning in 2025. The show, dedicated to Fra Angelico, promises to be an unmissable event.

According to their website:

The occasion of the exhibition will see the restoration of extraordinary masterpieces and the re-assembly for the first time ever of several of Angelico’s great altarpieces that have been dispersed in museums throughout Europe and North America. This will allow an unparalleled journey, with loans from the most important museums and institutions in the world such as the Louvre in Paris, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Windsor Castle, the Vatican Museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Angelico allows an exploration of the production, development, and influence of Fra Angelico’s art in dialogue with painters like Lorenzo Monaco, Masaccio, Filippo Lippi, Jan van Eyck, and Lorenzo Monaco, as well as sculptors such as Lorenzo Ghiberti, Michelozzo, and Luca della Robbia.

The exhibition will be opening in September 2025!

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