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Private collection of Dutch Golden Age art on view at Peabody Essex Museum

Salem News / February 24th, 2011

On Feb. 26, the Peabody Essex Museum, in Salem, Mass., will open a new exhibit, "Golden: Dutch and Flemish Masterworks from the Rose-Marie and Eijk van Otterloo Collection," which includes 67 works by important Old Masters such as a Rembrandt, Frans Hals and Jan Steen, as well as lesser known ...

Cleveland Museum of Art to auction off old masters

Plain Dealer / January 18th, 2011

Beginning on Jan. 27, the Cleveland Museum of Art will offer 30 European old master paintings from its collection in a series of sales at Sotheby's in New York. Mostly by minor masters, three-quarters of the paintings to be sold were gifts to the museum. The auction total is estimated at a ...

Louvre appeals to public for €4m acquisition

ArtfixDaily / November 16th, 2010

The Louvre museum in Paris is quite specific when seeking the public's help to achieve fundraising goals. The current appeal is for one million euros to complete the 4 million euros needed to buy Lucas Cranach the Elders's "The Three Graces."

Diamond brooch portrayed in Sargent painting at auction

Telegraph / November 8th, 2010

From the collection of the Dukes of Portland comes a gorgeous 1870 diamond and natural pearl brooch once belonging to Winifred, Duchess of Portland (1863-1954). The great beauty, a leading society figure in her time, wore the exquisite brooch, featuring large and desirable natural pearl ...

A confluence of international exhibitions points to intensifying interest in Old Master sculpture

ArtfixDaily / October 5th, 2010

With the launch of their first collaborative exhibit Body and Soul: Masterpieces of Renaissance and Baroque Sculpture at Moretti Fine Art, 24 East 80th Street, from October 21 to November 19, Andrew Butterfield and Fabrizio Moretti will join a growing number of important galleries and museums ...

Hidden secrets of Old Masters & an American Icon

ArtfixDaily / July 19th, 2010

Longstanding knowledge of a few major artists and artworks may be altered. The Vatican believes it has uncovered a 'new' Caravaggio; French experts have scientifically analyzed da Vinci's painting style; and Thomas Eakins' iconic "The Gross Clinic," perhaps the most important American painting of ...

London Auction: Sorolla soars above estimate, Rubens reaps $13 million

ArtfixDaily / July 6th, 2010

A Peter Paul Rubens portrait of a bearded commander in battle armor led the charge at Christie's Old Master & 19th c. Paintings sale Tuesday evening. A solid total of £42.3 million ($64.2 million) fell within the £36.9–55.3 million pre-sale estimate, marking the third highest-grossing sale ...

Yale discovers early Velazquez in basement

Gothamist / July 4th, 2010

A donated painting languished in the basement of Yale University for nearly 8 decades before a curator took notice. The unsigned work titled "The Education of the Virgin," given to Yale in 1925, was never displayed because of its poor condition. In 2002, Yale University Art Gallery was preparing ...

Biennale to present next generation of French art dealers

ArtfixDaily / June 8th, 2010

A new exhibition space to showcase 25 emerging galleries will be introduced at France's 25th Biennale this fall. The prestigious art and antiques show, featuring 80 established art dealers and 7 leading jewellers, takes place September 15 to 22, under the dome of the Grand Palais in Paris. ...

Cranach custody battle may go to Supreme Court

LA Times blog / May 20th, 2010

Jerry Brown, California Atty. Gen. and gubernatorial candidate, has filed a legal brief with the United States Supreme Court that sets him against Pasadena’s Norton Simon Museum in its effort to hold onto a nearly 500-year-old pair of paintings of Adam and Eve looted during the Holocaust. Marei ...

Rare Guercino acquired by Kimbell Art Museum

DFW.com / April 30th, 2010

In memory of Edmund P. Pillsbury, director of the Kimbell Art Museum from 1980 to 1998, a 17th-century Italian baroque jewel has been added to the museum's collection. "Christ and the Woman of Samaria", c. 1619-20, by Giovanni Francesco Barbieri, known as Guercino, is a rare early work with a ...

Museum mistakes exposed in London show

Guardian / April 20th, 2010

The National Gallery in London will be showing off some embarrassing acquistions and misleading gifts in its major exhibition called Close Examination opening in June. Works once-removed from the gallery's walls for their dubious nature are being exhumed from the vaults. One of the museum's ...

A "new" $230 million Michelangelo at the Met?

Guardian UK / April 15th, 2010

Everett Fahy, former head of European paintings at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, says a painting long-attributed to the workshop of Francesco Granacci is actually by Michelangelo. Stylistic elements and a look at the underpainting with infrared led Fahy to the conclusion that "Saint John the ...

National Gallery of Art's "Hendrick Avercamp: The Little Ice Age"

Washington Post / April 7th, 2010

Icy snow is a visual treat in Washington, D.C. this Spring, at least in pictures. On view at the National Gallery is the work of Dutch artist Hendrick Avercamp (1585-1634) whose paintings of winter wonderlands depict people of all classes cavorting and working outdoors. Part landscape, part ...

Trial continues over da Vinci extortion charges

BBC / March 31st, 2010

On trial in Edinburgh, four soliciters deny conspiring to extort £4.25m for the return of Leonardo da Vinci's Madonna of the Yarnwinder painting. The artwork was stolen from the Duke of Buccleuch's Drumlanrig Castle in 2003. Marshall Ronald, 53, one of the soliciters, says the police were ...

Princess Diana family to offer Rubens masterpiece

Reuters / March 29th, 2010

Earl Spencer, Diana's brother, is planning to sell works from the family's collection of paintings, furniture, porcelain and horse-drawn carriages at Christie's in London on July 6. The auction may raise about $30 million. Highlights in the sale include Peter Paul Rubens's "A Commander being ...

Young art dealer, Old Master heritage

Financial Times / March 21st, 2010

Jan Six XI, age 31, has opened a new gallery in Amsterdam specialising in Dutch and Flemish Old Master. In a promising powerhouse move, Jan Six Fine Art has teamed up with London art dealership Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, famous for identifying a long-lost Rembrandt self-portrait in 2007. Six, ...

U.K. puts export ban on Raphael drawing

Times Online / February 28th, 2010

A Raphael drawing that fetched £29 million, a world record price for an Old Master drawing at auction, has been barred from export by Britain's Culture Minister. A committee determined the work is of outstanding aesthetic merit. The temporary ban will allow time to try to ...

TEFAF aggregates the world's best art for sale

Hello Magazine / February 25th, 2010

Over 30,000 works of art, from antiquities to modern paintings, much of it desirable for pedigree, rarity, and beauty, will descend upon the Dutch town of Maastricht from March 12 to 21. With 263 top-tier exhibitors bringing the best of their blue-chip art, plus special sections for design, works ...

“Reclaimed: Paintings from the Collection of Jacques Goudstikker”

TCPalm / February 18th, 2010

A cache of artworks stolen by the Nazis from an influential Dutch art dealer now graces the Norton Museum of Art in West Palm Beach in a traveling exhibition. Forty paintings, dating from the Renaissance through 19th c., highlights from the 200 works returned to ...