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Master Forger's 'Fake' now Deemed Real: A Dutch masterpiece emerges, possibly from Vermeer's home

The Independent / September 28th, 2009

LONDON - He made his name as the world's most ingenious art forger. So when the Courtauld Institute of Art was presented with a copy of a Dutch Golden Age painting by the arch-counterfeiter Hans van Meegeren, the gallery's director accepted the work as a fake of the highest order. Now, 50 years ...

Teenage Michelangelo's Masterpiece: Recent attribution brings the Renaissance superstar to Texas

Star-Telegram / September 26th, 2009

FORT WORTH - After recent research revealed the artist's identity, Kimbell Art Museum has hung a stunning discovery. "We have the only Michelangelo painting in the Western Hemisphere," Kimbell Director Eric M. Lee said. "There are only four known easel paintings that he created. That’s as rare as ...

Grand Rivals: JMW Turner versus the masters at Tate Britain

Guardian / September 21st, 2009

LONDON - Preview 'Turner and the Masters,' a major new show that places paintings by JMW Turner alongside the masterpieces that inspired them. Turner repeatedly pitted himself directly against both the old masters and his contemporaries, including Titian, Poussin, Rembrandt, Rubens, Watteau and ...

Richly-storied Rembrandt: Old Master headliner with record price estimate

NY Times / September 20th, 2009

Polish-born collector Barbara Piasecka Johnson, widow of the heir to the Johnson & Johnson pharmaceutical fortune, is parting with her monumental Rembrandt. “Portrait of a Man, Half-Length, With His Arms Akimbo,” from 1658, not seen by the public for nearly 40 years, is being sold at ...

Recession-busting Blockbusters: Ohio museums serve up crowd-pleasing shows, even on small budgets

Cleveland Plain Dealer / September 14th, 2009

Paul Gauguin, Chuck Close, and Dale Chihuly are just a few exhibition headliners this fall in Ohio where blockbusters are keeping the visual arts scene lively. Of note, Cincinnati Art Museum is showing "Roaring Tigers, Leaping Carp: Decoding the Symbolic Language of Chinese Animal Painting" with ...

St. John Stars This Fall: Old Master masterpiece a rarity in today's market

Bloomberg / September 10th, 2009

LONDON - The family that controls Glyndebourne opera house is to sell an Old Master painting with an estimate of up to 10 million pounds ($16.5 million). The 9-foot “St. John the Evangelist” by 17th-century Italian artist Domenichino is being offered by the Christie family, no relation to auction ...

Dispute over Prized Pissarro: Holocaust survivor can sue Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum

AP / September 9th, 2009

LOS ANGELES — The 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Tuesday that 88-year-old Holocaust survivor Claude Cassirer's case against the Thyssen-Bornemisza Museum in Madrid and the Spanish government can go forward. Cassirer, of San Diego, claimed his grandmother was forced to sell the 1897 ...

Restitution Win: Sweden settles with Jewish heirs over Nazi-looted painting

Bloomberg / September 9th, 2009

Sweden’s Moderna Museet and the heirs of a Jewish businessman forced to flee Germany before World War II settled a seven-year dispute over a Nazi-looted Emil Nolde painting titled "Blumengarten" (Flower Garden) in the museum’s collection. Under the terms agreed between the museum and ...

Pastoral Pre-War Watercolors: Adolf Hitler's artwork auctioned in Nuremberg

NY Daily News / Reuters / September 7th, 2009

Three watercolors supposedly painted by a young Adolf Hitler were auctioned off for a total of $60,000 in the Bavarian city of Nuremberg Saturday. German auctioneer Herbert Weidler said the paintings were sold to three different phone bidders. Although the exact number of Hitler artworks is ...

Upscale & Upbeat: Baltimore Antiques Show expects high turn-out, strong sales

Maryland Daily Record / September 3rd, 2009

Expectations are high for this weekend's 29th annual Baltimore Summer Antiques Show, the largest indoor antiques shows in the world, featuring 550 top-tier dealers. "The industry overall has been soft but nobody’s giving anything away — prices haven’t fallen,” said Kris Charamonde of the Palm ...

17th c. Hidden Pig: Restorer finds painted-over swine with connections

Chicago Tribune / August 31st, 2009

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. -  Chicago art conservator Barry Bauman discovered a hidden image of a butchered pig in a 17th century Dutch painting from the collection of Michigan's Calvin College. While he cleaned "Barn Interior" by Egbert van der Poel ...

The Bouguereau Blow-up: New lawsuit entails from nuns' sale to art dealers

Maine Antiques Digest / August 27th, 2009

Last April news broke about a group of cloistered nuns from upstate New York who sold a major work by French artist William Adolphe Bouguereau. The buyer was art dealer Mark LaSalle, who was representing Santa Fe dealer Mark Zaplin. After $50,000 of restoration work to the painting, Zaplin ...

S.F. dealer accused of selling fake Miró prints

San Francisco Gate / August 22nd, 2009

Veteran San Francisco art dealer Pasquale Iannetti, 69, who runs Pasquale Iannetti Art Galleries Inc. on Sutter Street, was indicted Thursday by a grand jury on charges of wire and mail fraud for allegedly shipping prints that purportedly had been authorized by Miró (shown here)...

Sketchy Sculptures: German police confiscate fake Giacomettis

AP / August 19th, 2009

BERLIN — German police have confiscated hundreds of bronze and plaster statues alleged to be the works of Alberto Giacometti and arrested an art dealer and two others on suspicion of selling the fakes across the globe.