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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 ...

Venice Considers Selling Art to Shore Up Finances

Dow Jones Business News / January 4th, 2016

Reminiscent of the scenario faced by Detroit, Venice is considering drastic measures to save the sinking city from debt. Again, art is on the line. Mayor Luigi Brugnaro is tossing around the idea of selling masterpieces in Venice's public museums, which include works by Gustav Klimt and Marc ...

Stolen Caravaggio Nativity Scene Replaced with Replica

Guardian / December 13th, 2015

The theft of Caravaggio’s Nativity with St Francis and St Lawrence from an oratory in Palermo in 1969 is still considered one of the worst art crimes in history. But now a new twist has emerged in a tale that for decades has come to symbolise the Cosa Nostra’s enduring hold over Sicily. A ...

Hidden Portrait Underneath Mona Lisa: Is it Another Sitter?

Guerdian / December 8th, 2015

A French scientist claims ten years of analysis reveals Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa has got another portrait underneath its layers of paint, and it is the face of another person. Pascal Cotte says his use of Layer Amplification Method (LAM) shows another woman's portrait was painted ...

Ukraine Militia Tries to Sell Stolen Dutch Golden Age Paintings

ABC News / December 7th, 2015

A Dutch museum released a statement on Monday that two dozen Dutch Golden Age artworks stolen nearly 11 years ago have been traced to a nationalist militia in Ukraine. The public announcement by Westfries Museum in Hoorn was made to deter sales of the 24 paintings taken in a burglary on Jan. 9, ...

CBS News Digs Into the Mystery of the World's Biggest Art Heist

CBS / December 6th, 2015

Twenty-five years after the rattling theft of masterpieces from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston, CBS News revisits the crime scene and the known suspects. Still missing are masterworks by Rembrandt, Vermeer and Manet, and more. "These thieves definitely had inside information," ...

Tiny English Town Chosen for Philanthropist's World-Class Spanish Art Collection

Independent / November 27th, 2015

Philanthropist Jonathan Ruffer recently donated £25m to Auckland Castle, the historic home of the bishops of Durham, near Bishop Auckland in County Durham, England. He also gave £5.5m to create a Spanish art gallery and research institute in town. Ruffer plans for the tiny town to ...