09 juillet 2015

Huge new record for masterpiece by Cranach the Elder at Sotheby's sale in London

Star Lot: Lucas Cranach the Elder’s The Bocca della Verità, the ‘Mouth of Truth’. Never previously offered on the market, the painting was hotly pursued by three bidders, finally selling for £9.3m / $14.4m / €13m (est. £6-8m) - a new record for the artist at auction and almost double the previous record. This rare German Renaissance masterpiece is among Lucas Cranach the Elder’s most important works. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- Tonight’s Evening Sale of Old Master & British Paintings at Sotheby’s in London... [Lire la suite]

12 juin 2015

Rare works with impeccable provenance lead Christie's Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale

Bernardo Bellotto (Venice 1721-1780 Warsaw), Dresden from the Right Bank of the Elbe above the Augustus Bridge (Detail). Oil on canvas. 37 5/8 x 65 1/8 in. (95.6 x 165.4 cm.) Estimate: £8,000,000-12,000,000 ($12,352,000 - $18,528,000). Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2015 LONDON.- Christie’s Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale in London on Thursday 9 July will offer an exceptional selection of pictures from private collections, with emphasis on rarity, importance and provenance. Many of the... [Lire la suite]
07 avril 2015

'Painting Paradise: The Art of the Garden' exhibition on view at Buckingham Palace

Rembrandt van Rijn (Leiden 1606-Amsterdam 1669), Christ and St Mary Magdalen at the Tomb. Signed and dated 1638. Oil on panel, 61.0 x 49.5 cm (support, canvas/panel/str external), RCIN 404816. © Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II 2014  LONDON.- Whether a sacred sanctuary, a place for scientific study, a haven for the solitary thinker or a space for pure enjoyment and delight, gardens are where mankind and nature meet. A new exhibition at The Queen's Gallery, Buckingham Palace explores the many... [Lire la suite]
05 avril 2015

J. Paul Getty Museum presents 'Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts'

Initial S: The Conversion of Saint Paul (detail), cutting from a gradual, probably northern Italy, attributed to Pisanello and the Master of the Antiphonal Q of San Giorgio Maggiore, about 1440-50. The J. Paul Getty Museum. © J. Paul Getty Trust LOS ANGELES, CA.- Drawn largely from the Getty Museum’s exceptional permanent collection of Italian art, and major loans from private collections, Renaissance Splendors of the Northern Italian Courts is on view March 31–June 21, 2015 at the J. Paul Getty Museum, Getty... [Lire la suite]
05 avril 2015

Research reveals significantly different composition in Jean-Honoré Fragonard's Young Girl Reading

Jean-Honoré Fragonard, Young Girl Reading was a gift of Mrs. Ailsa Mellon Bruce in memory of her father, Mr. Andrew W. Mellon, in 1961. National Gallery of Art, Washington. WASHINGTON, DC.- One of the most beloved paintings in the National Gallery of Art's permanent collection, Young Girl Reading (c. 1770) by Jean-Honoré Fragonard, shows a young woman in profile, reading the book in her hand. It is now clear that a completely different face was painted underneath, that of an older woman looking out towards the... [Lire la suite]
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05 avril 2015

Exhibition devoted to representations of the sea in Flemish art opens in Cassel

Hendrik van Balen I (Anvers, 1575 ? - 1632) et Abel Grimmer (Anvers, ca.1570 – av.1619), Anvers et le Vlaams Hoofd en 1600, 1600, huile sur bois, 37 x 44 cm. Anvers, Koninklijk Museum voor Schone Kunsten, inv. 817 © Lukas-Art in Flanders vzw, photo Hugo Maertens CASSEL.- The musée départemental de Flandre in Cassel, presents an exhibition devoted to representations of the sea in 16th and 17th centuries’ Flemish art. Although seascapes are regarded as a speciality of Dutch painting, the exhibition... [Lire la suite]

04 avril 2015

Exhibition at Bonnefantenmuseum rediscovers old master painter Henri de Fromantiou

Henri de Fromantiou, Flower still life, 1665, Private Collection, Germany. MAASTRICHT.- The Bonnefantenmuseum recently opened its doors on the very first retrospective of Henri de Fromantiou. Until 28 June, the museum is showing a wide selection of paintings by this 17th-century still-life painter, who was born in Maastricht. In the exhibition Royal illusions, the emphasis is on the 'forgotten' oeuvre of De Fromantiou and his heyday as a court painter in Potsdam. The exhibition is accompanied by the publication... [Lire la suite]
02 avril 2015

Dutch royal family to return Nazi looted art

The Hague Forest with a View of Huis ten Bosch Palace is by 17th century Dutch master Joris van der Haagen. The Dutch royal family will return a painting seized by the Nazis during World War II to the heirs of the owner. "The Hague Forest with a View of Huis ten Bosch Palace" by 17th century Dutch master Joris van der Haagen was purchased in 1960 by Queen Juliana from a Dutch art dealer who did not disclose the full provenance.. "A Jewish collector was forced in 1942 to hand over the painting...to the (Nazi) bank Lippmann,... [Lire la suite]
01 avril 2015

Sotheby's to preview outstanding Old Master paintings from legendary collection in Hong Kong

Castle Howard © Mike Kipling HONG KONG.- This spring, and at a moment when international interest in Old Masters Paintings is at an all-time high,Sotheby's will bring to Hong Kong a group of exceptional works, a number of which recently adorned the walls of one of England's greatest country houses: Castle Howard, also known under the Mandarin name of “Peng Lai Qiong” (Magnificent Fairyland Palace in English).  The backdrop to Taiwanese pop star Jay Chou's recent wedding, and to the famous TV drama and Hollywood... [Lire la suite]
01 avril 2015

Baroque in Rome: The Wonder of the Arts" opens at the Palazzo Cipolla in Rome

Simon Vouet, Saint Sebastian Tended by the Holy Women, 1622, Rome - Collation Mario Condorelli..  ROME.- From the 1st April to the 26th July 2015 the Fondazione Roma Museo-Palazzo Cipolla will present an ambitious cultural operation, mainly driven by the exhibition entitled Barocco a Roma. La meraviglia delle arti (Baroque in Rome. The Wonder of the Arts). Like the metaphorical ‘Barberini Sun’ the exhibition is in the middle of an original ‘heliocentric system’, where the rays are represented by a rich series of... [Lire la suite]