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Armed Bandits Steal Haul of Masterpieces from Museum in Italy

Telegraph / November 22nd, 2015

Armed bandits stormed a museum in Italy on Thursday and made off with 17 artworks, including masterpieces by Tintoretto, Rubens and Bellini, in one of the country’s biggest art heists, according to the Telegraph. Thought to be a raid for a dubious private collector, one art expert even ...

Dutch Museum Secures Majority of Known Heironymus Bosch Works for Unprecedented Exhibition

Guardian / October 25th, 2015

To commemorate the 500th anniversary of artist Heironymus Bosch's death (1450-1516), a small Dutch museum in the city of his birth is mounting a major exhibition of his famously wild and weird work. Noordbrabants museum in  ’s-Hertogenbosch will host the anticipated show ...

France and The Netherlands Agree to Jointly Acquire Rembrandts

Guardian / October 1st, 2015

The Netherlands and France will split ownership of a portrait pair painted by Rembrandt after a potential bidding battle was averted. A deal was struck to buy the works at €160m from France's Rothschild banking family. The 1634 full-length double wedding portraits - Portrait of Marten ...

France Drops $89M Bid to Keep One Rembrandt Portrait from Rothschild Collection

Bloomberg / September 28th, 2015

Just days after the Netherlands announced it had the financing ready to repatriate two full-length portraits by Rembrandt van Rijn, France countered with a bid for just one of the pair. France's Culture Minister Fleur Pellerin said the Bank of France would offer 80 million euros ...

Old is New Again in New York Pop-Up Exhibition

T, The New York Times Style Magazine / September 23rd, 2015

Four renowned European antiques dealers are betting that American collectors are ready for fresh objects of desire. With eye-catching displays, they are looking to cultivate an interest in historical objects and centuries-old art with a new generation of American collectors ...

Rediscovered Rembrandt?: Bidders Pursue $800 Painting to $870,000

Art History News / September 23rd, 2015

A reader of Bendor Grosvenor's Art History News spotted a painting at Nye & Co.Auctioneers in New Jersey that on Tuesday soared beyond its estimate of $500-$800 to fetch $870,000. Internet buzz ensued around the opinion that the work was by Dutch master Rembrandt, specifically ...

Dutch Government and Rijksmuseum Near Closing Deal For Rothschild Rembrandts

Reuters / September 21st, 2015

Two Rembrandt portraits in the collections of France's Rothschild family are under final negotiations to be purchased by the Dutch government and the national Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. The 160 million euro ($185 million) price tag is reported to be nearly financed for the ...

New Director of National Gallery London Steps In While Staff Strikes Continue

Telegraph / August 17th, 2015

Gabriele Finaldi took over the head position at the National Gallery London on Monday. Instead of easing into the museum director position during what should be the lull of August holiday time, Finaldi will find himself at the center of continuing protest and strikes over the privatization of the ...

The Vatican Launches App for Crowdfunding Restorations

The Guardian / August 17th, 2015

Not all are in favor of the Vatican Museums' Patrum, a new app designed as a philanthropic crowdfunding venture to support the treasures in the Vatican. The Guardian's Jonathan Jones, for one, thinks the app could lead to restoration projects that are more harmful than good for art and ...

U.S. Judge Denies Extradition of Man Sought by Poland in Nazi-Looted Art Case

ABC News / August 4th, 2015

A judge ruled Monday that a Russian art dealer living in Manhattan will not face criminal extradition to Poland over an inherited painting that was stolen during World War II. U.S. District Judge Jed Rakoff in Manhattan ruled that Alexander Khochinskiy should not face criminal charges ...

Cranach's Renaissance Adultery Test Spurs Artist Record $14.3 Million

Bloomberg / July 9th, 2015

A Northern Renaissance masterpiece by Lucas Cranach the Elder brought an artist auction record of 9.3 million pounds ($14.3 million) at Sotheby’s in London on Wednesday. A private American collector prevailed over several competitors worldwide for the Cranach. Painted circa 1525-1528, the ...

Murdered Art Forger's Work Up for Auction in UK

DailyMail / June 1st, 2015

Master forger Eric Hebborn duped museums, galleries, and auction houses worldwide with his drawings and paintings in the styles of Michelangelo, Rembrandt, Claude, Augustus John and others, sold as originals by the artists. Hebborn's con worked for nearly two decades until a National Gallery of ...

Few Museum Visitors Spot Fake Fragonard Painting

BBC / April 29th, 2015

The UK's Dulwich Picture Gallery has revealed the identity of a "fake" painting hung in the museum for a "spot-the-fake" challenge. Just ten percent of 3,000 museum visitors polled correctly identified the replica picture, placed amongst 270 artworks on display. Jean-Honore Fragonard's "Young ...

NYC's Museum of Biblical Art Will Close Its Doors, Despite Crowds for Recent Exhibition

ArtfixDaily / April 29th, 2015

Visitor attendance has been high for exhibitions at New York's Museum of Biblical Art (MOBIA). But the popularity of the current show Sculpture in the Age of Donatello is not keeping the museum afloat. The museum's board announced this week that MOBIA will shut down in June after the 23 ...

France Says Au Revoir to Rare Rembrandts

Bloomberg / April 7th, 2015

Two portraits by Dutch master Rembrandt van Rijn may leave France as the cash-strapped state and the Louvre both cite a lack of funds to retain them. Owned by French banker and wine-making baron Eric de Rothschild, the pair of masterworks may be sold abroad for as much as 150 million euros ...

Book Claims New Leads in the $500 Million Gardner Art Heist

NY Daily News / February 17th, 2015

When thieves posed as cops and stole $500 million worth of masterpieces from Boston’s Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in 1990, the world was robbed of the only seacape by Rembrandt, Vermeer's gem "The Concert," and a glistening portrait by Manet, along with 10 other works. A quarter century ...

Five Museum Blockbusters Come to Theaters

ArtfixDaily / January 6th, 2015

Popular recent exhibitions at major museums will be appearing on big screens in the U.S. for single-day virtual guided tours.

Expert Claims Research Reveals Dozens of Newly Authenticated Rembrandts

WSJ / October 9th, 2014

A Dutch art expert says that 70 paintings have been newly attributed to Rembrandt after languishing for decades as by a follower of the master.

New Science Peels Through da Vinci's Process

Guardian / September 30th, 2014

A French scientist has developed a new analytic technique that reveals the working methods of Leonardo da Vinci.

'Sopranos' Actor Discovers Multimillion-Dollar Guercino

NY Post / September 30th, 2014

A 17th-century painting by Guercino worth millions of dollars was discovered in Germany by 'Sopranos' star Federico Castellucio.