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Missing Rubens Portrait Discovered in Glasgow

Guardian / September 24th, 2017

A painting by Flemish artist Peter Paul Rubens has been found in Glasgow after it was thought to have been lost for 400 years. The portrait was considered a copy of an original depicting George Villiers, the first Duke of Buckingham, who was believed to have been James VI and I’s lover. It ...

New York Man Believes He Owns a Missing Michelangelo

AP / July 20th, 2017

A man in New York state thinks he has a painting by Michelangelo that hung for years in his living room. Martin Kober has moved the painting to secure storage while he works on getting the 9-by-25-inch (48-by-64-centimeter) painting of Jesus with the Virgin Mary authenticated.  ...

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

New York Times / July 17th, 2017

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 ...

Sotheby's Sues Dealer Mark Weiss Over Alleged Fake Old Master Painting

Financial Times / February 7th, 2017

Sotheby's will head to court in London with dealer Mark Weiss and Mark Weiss Ltd. over an alleged fake Old Master painting that was sold in a private sale. Sotheby's later reimbursed the American buyer for the picture and is demanding that Weiss, who supplied the work to Sotheby's client, repay ...

From Trump Plates to Chippendale Chairs, A Range of Works in Antiques Week 2017

Antiques and the Arts Weekly / January 18th, 2017

Americana collectors and "best of the best" object seekers will head to events during Antiques Week 2017 underway now in New York City. Antiques and the Arts Weekly (aka "The Bee") has published this guide to the week's events, exhibitions, shows, lectures, auctions and more. (The action ...

Legal Fray Continues Over Disputed Resale of $127.5 Million Leonardo

Bloomberg / November 29th, 2016

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 ...

Trove of Old Master Paintings May Be Fakes in 'Biggest Art Scandal in a Century'

Daily Mail / October 4th, 2016

A list of some 25 allegedly fake Old Master paintings worth around £200 million ($255 million) could soon be released after a judge ordered an investigation in the UK, reports the Daily Mail. Among the works caught up in the controversy is an £8.4 million ‘Frans Hals’ that Sotheby's ...

Judge Rules For Norton Simon Museum To Keep Cranach Paintings

Pasadena Now / August 18th, 2016

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 ...

Italy Seeks Foreigners to Head Cultural Sites

Telegraph / May 30th, 2016

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 ...

Rediscovered Rembrandt Goes From New Jersey Basement to Getty Exhibition

Los Angeles Times / May 6th, 2016

A tiny, discolored painting found by auctioneer John Nye of Nye & Co. in the basement of New Jersey home turned out to be worth far more than its $500 - $800 estimate. Art blogger Bendor Grosvenor first noted the possible significance of the work up for sale. Reports the Los Angeles ...

FBI Again Searches Home of Suspect in Gardner Museum Heist

FOX / May 2nd, 2016

The FBI is for a third time conducting a search of the Manchester, Conn., property of elderly mobster Robert Gentile, according to The Boston Globe. A convicted felon, Gentile has long been suspected of knowing details about the 1990 heist of a half-billion dollars worth of art from Boston's ...

Ukraine Recovers Four Paintings Stolen From Dutch Museum

BBC / April 17th, 2016

Four paintings out of 24 artworks stolen from a Dutch museum more than ten years ago have been recovered in Ukraine. The works were "in the possession of criminal groups", Ukraine's foreign minister said, as reported by the BBC. The four recovered paintings, from the 16th-17th centuries, are ...

Experts Divided Over Caravaggio Found in Attic

Guardian / April 13th, 2016

Two years ago, the owners of an old house near Toulouse found a dusty painting behind a locked door in their attic. After a cleaning, the work began to resemble a Caravaggio. The rediscovery of a possible lost work by the Old Master, thought to be a second version of his famous Judith ...

Possible Lost Caravaggio Discovered in France

TheLocal.it / April 6th, 2016

Experts have yet to weigh in on the discovery of a possible second version of Caravaggio's Judith and Holofernes. The work is thought to be a lost version of the early 17th-century masterpiece at the National Gallery of Ancient Art in Rome and was discovered in a private collection in ...

Arrests Made in $16 Million Art Heist From Verona Museum

New York Times / March 16th, 2016

Thirteen suspects have been arrested in connection to the brazen heist last November of 17 Old Master paintings worth €15 million ($16 million) from Verona's Castelvecchio Museum. Verona police worked with the branch of the Italian military police that handles cultural property to identify ...

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

Bloomberg / March 9th, 2016

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, ...

Prado Withdraws Two Loans From Bosch Retrospective

Art Newspaper / February 15th, 2016

Just a few days before the opening of the unprecedented exhibition of Hieronymus Bosch in the Netherlands, the Museo del Prado in Madrid cancelled two loans from its collection. A dispute over attribution caused the withdrawal. Noordbrabants Museum in ‘s-Hertogenbosch is presenting the ...

Gentileschi's Record-Setting Nude Masterpiece Acquired by Getty

Getty / January 29th, 2016

An auction record was smashed for the work of 17th century Italian artist Orazio Gentileschi with his sumptuous depiction of nude "Danae" being showered with gold. The J. Paul Getty Museum won the rare-to-market Baroque masterpiece for $30.5 million at Sotheby’s in New York on ...

Museum Acquisition of Van Dyck Portrait Questioned

Independent / January 23rd, 2016

A recent announcement by the Georgia Museum of Art of a 17th-century art acquistion came under scrutiny after art historians pointed out that the original work hangs in the U.K. at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum. Flemish master Sir Anthony van Dyck’s large portrait of Archbishop William ...

Italy to Put Over $300 Million into Cultural Projects

New York Times / January 6th, 2016

Italy's museums and cultural sites are set to receive a 300 million euro ($322 million) investment from the government over the next three years, reports the New York Times. In the wake of the recent theft of 17 artworks from Castelvecchio Museum, a 14th-century fortress in Verona, museum ...