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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 ...

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 ...