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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 ...

Reclaimed Old Masters: Art from largest restitution in Netherlands on display

My San Antonio / October 4th, 2009

SAN ANTONIO - Part of Adolf Hitler's vision for the Third Reich was the Fuhrermuseum, which would be the centerpiece of a cultural district in Linz, Austria, a spectacular storehouse of the world's art. To fill his museum, Hitler directed his men to plunder millions of works of art from conquered ...

Portrait of a Portraitist: Van Dyke's last image of himself may snag auction record

Telegraph / September 29th, 2009

LONDON - Painted in London in 1641, Flemish artist Sir Anthony Van Dyck's final self-portrait is the star lot at Sotheby's sale of Old Masters and Early British Paintings on December 9. The work is conservatively estimated at £2-3 million and may exceed the current auction record for a van ...

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 ...

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 ...