20 Pieces for Chippendale’s Tercentenary Plus New Work by Marina Abramović Among Highlights of Masterpiece London 2018

  • June 06, 2018 11:56
Charles Burchfield, Bee Hepaticus, 1962.  Collisart, Stand A32.

The Masterpiece London 2018 edition, which runs from June 28 - July 4 at the Royal Hospital Chelsea, will present an array of art from the 18th-century carved creations of Thomas Chippendale to the debut of new forms of work by famed performance artist Marina Abramović. With Thomas ...

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U.S. Investigation into Art Dealer Fizzles After $450 Million Da Vinci Sale

  • Bloomberg
  • May 29, 2018 13:39
In November 2017, Christie’s New York sold 'Salvator Mundi,' a depiction of Christ as ‘Saviour of the World,’ by Leonardo da Vinci, for $450,312,500 (including buyer’s premium), the highest price ever paid for a painting at auction.

When Leonardo da Vinci's ethereal "Salvator Mundi" sold for a record-smashing $450 million last fall, a year-long federal investigation into a Swiss art dealer's mark-ups of artworks sold to a Russian billionaire seems to have evaporated. A longstanding dispute between fertilizer magnate Dmitry ...

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Artwork from La Salle University Collection Hits the Auction Block

  • The Inquirer
  • April 18, 2018 13:00
Dorothea Tanning (1910-2012), The Temptation of St.  Anthony, painted in 1945-1946.  Oil on canvas in the artist's painted frame.  47⅞ x 35⅞ in (121.4 x 91.2 cm).  Estimate: $400,000-600,000.  This work is offered in the Impressionist and Modern Art Day Sale on 16 May at Christie’s in New York

Philadelphia's La Salle University is unloading a trove of 46 American and European artworks from its museum collections through Christie's in a series of sales beginning in New York this week. School trustees say the sale proceeds will fund initiatives from La Salle University’s five-year ...

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Hearst Castle Tour Guides Help Identify Artist of 17th-Century Painting

  • San Luis Obispo
  • March 07, 2018 22:26
Hearst Castle

Two tour guides at the historic castle built by media mogul William Randolph Hearst have helped unravel the mystery of attribution behind a 17th century artwork in the museum's collection. On a tour, a ray of sunshine illuminated a previously unnoticed or overlooked monogram and inscription on ...

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Michelangelo's Tuscan Villa Is Still For Sale

  • Travel + Leisure
  • February 14, 2018 21:26

If you missed the once-in-a-lifetime Michelangelo exhibition at the Met this winter, which drew some 700,000 visitors, there is another chance to get close to the Italian Renaissance master. Villa Michelangelo, the ten-bedroom "farmhouse" that the artist bought in 1549 is seeking a new owner, ...

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The Louvre Displays Nazi-Looted Art in Restitution Effort

  • CNN
  • January 31, 2018 17:18

The Louvre Museum has opened an exhibit of artworks that were once seized by the Nazis during their occupation of France. Some 31 French-owned paintings are shown in an effort to reconnect the works of art with the heirs of their rightful owners. Each artwork is documented in the National ...

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Titian Painting from the Collection of Charles I's Plumber at Auction

  • CNN
  • January 22, 2018 14:52
Titian, Saint Margaret

A Titian painting once owned by King Charles I of England and given to his plumber is set to hit the auction block in New York. Reports CNN: The six-and-a-half foot painting "Saint Margaret" was originally given to royal plumber John Embry following Charles I's execution in 1649 as part of a ...

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New Twists in 'Salvator Mundi' Tale as the Jesus Portrait Heads to Louvre Abu Dhabi

  • December 06, 2017 13:04
Da Vinci's Salvator Mundi

UPDATE, Sunday: Initial reports last week that the world's most expensive painting sold to a little-known Saudi prince have raised more questions about its new ownership. Reports claimed the 32-year-old Prince Bader bought the painting on behalf of the Saudi crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, a ...

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'Mona Lisa Nude Sketch' Found in French Collection

  • BBC
  • October 01, 2017 18:09
Charcoal sketch believed to be a study for the Mona Lisa.

A charcoal portrait of a nude woman is now thought to be a study for the Mona Lisa. The work was previously attributed to Leonardo da Vinci's studio, but experts have lately determined that the Renaissance master likely created the charcoal sketch, based on its size, age, stylistic elements, ...

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Leonardo DiCaprio to Play Da Vinci in Film Adaptation of Walter Isaacson Book

  • Deadline
  • August 14, 2017 22:59

Paramount won a seven-figure bidding battle against Universal for the film rights to the latest Walter Isaacson book Leonardo da Vinci, reported Deadline. The Hollywood biopic will star none other than Leonardo DiCaprio. Legend has it that the star's pregnant mother was looking at a da Vinci ...

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$600 Million Historical Art Collection Heads to a Contemporary Art Museum

  • New York Times
  • July 17, 2017 13:29

Near Turin, Italy, a private art collection with notable works spanning the 13th-to-20th centuries, and valued at $600 million, will radically transform a contemporary art museum, reports the New York Times. In a statement, the Fondazione Francesco Federico Cerruti per l’Arte, Castello di ...

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Poland Acquires Art Collection Worth 2 Billion Euros for 'Bargain' Price

  • DW
  • January 01, 2017 13:59
Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine."

Poland's State Treasury announced Thursday the purchase of Leonardo da Vinci's 1490 painting "Lady with an Ermine" and some 86,000 other objects from the private Czartoryski Foundation, which has been housing its collection in the National Museum in Krakow. The collection also includes ...

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Polish Government Reveals Plan to Acquire $2-Billion Collection With Leonardo Masterwork

  • AFD
  • December 15, 2016 22:43
Leonardo da Vinci, Lady With an Ermine, late 15th c.

The Polish government announced Wednesday an intention to acquire the 15th-century Leonardo da Vinci masterwork, "Lady with an Ermine", as part of a deal for a two-century-old collection estimated to be worth two billion dollars. The collection resides in the National Museum in Krakow and is ...

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Legal Fray Continues Over Disputed Resale of $127.5 Million Leonardo

  • Bloomberg
  • November 29, 2016 22:42
Leonardo da Vinci's “Christ as Salvator Mundi”

Sotheby's has asked a federal judge to clear it of any wrongdoing in a long-fought case over the private sale of Leonardo da Vinci's “Christ as Salvator Mundi” to embattled "freeport king" Yves Bouvier. Bouvier later sold the work to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev who is engaged in an ...

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Proceeds From Museum Visits in Italy on Sunday to Help Repair Quake Damage

  • August 25, 2016 13:11
Affresco della Madonna in trono con Bambino benedicente - Santuario dell'Icona Passatora (Amatrice)

The deadly magnitude-6.2 earthquake that struck central Italy on Wednesday devastated the medieval towns of Amatrice and Accumoli, the village of Pescara del Tronto, and the surrounding region. By Thursday, the death toll came to 250 with victims still being pulled from the rubble. Images of ...

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Judge Rules For Norton Simon Museum To Keep Cranach Paintings

  • Pasadena Now
  • August 18, 2016 16:30
Detail of Lucas Cranach the Elder's Eve (circa 1530).  Image: Norton Simon Museum

A U.S. District Court judge ruled this week that Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum legally owns Lucas Cranach’s “Adam and Eve,” a pair of masterpieces painted around 1530, when he dismissed the claim by an heir to a former owner in a case that has dragged on for a decade. Judge John Walter ruled ...

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Magnificent Italian Castle to be Auctioned Fully Furnished

  • Concierge Auctions
  • August 14, 2016 22:26
Castel Valer

Castel Valer, a restored medieval fortress at the edge of the Dolomites mountain range in northern Italy, goes under the gavel on Sept. 8. The historic property has descended in the same family for about 650 years. Steeped in history while updated for the 21st century, the castle combines ...

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Italy Seeks Foreigners to Head Cultural Sites

  • Telegraph
  • May 30, 2016 23:00
Sandro Botticelli, Birth of Venus.  Uffizzi Gallery.

Italy has launched a global hunt for new directors to run high-profile museums and archaeological sites, in the latest bid to revive the country's moribund cultural heritage sector. Last year, Italian managers of world-class museums and art galleries, including the Uffizi in Florence, were ...

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Italian Authorities Seize Nazi-looted Artworks From Private Homes

  • Reuters
  • April 24, 2016 23:14
Pinacoteca di Brera art museum

Three late 15th century paintings missing since they were looted by Nazi troops from a Tuscan villa over 70 years ago have been recovered and two people have been accused of receiving stolen goods. The works, of religious themes, seized in two private homes in Milan last July, were described by ...

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U.S. Prosecutors to Join Probe of Art Dealing 'Freeport King' Yves Bouvier

  • Bloomberg
  • March 09, 2016 14:32
Yves Bouvier

U.S. federal prosecutors will investigate criminal allegations against Yves Bouvier, Luxembourg's former "Freeport King," who sold billions of dollars worth of art to Russian billionaire Dmitry Rybolovlev, and other clients, according to Keri Geiger for BloombergBusiness. Accused of fraud, ...

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