10 décembre 2015

Constable's celebrated composition The Lock sells for $13.7 million at Sotheby's London

John Constable, The Lock, Oil on canvas, 139.7 by 122 cm.; 55 by 48 in. (est. £8-12 million), sold for £22.6 million / €31.2 million / $34 Million. Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- Tonight, The Lock, one of John Constable’s most famous compositions sold for £9,109,000 / €12,562,266 / $13,699,025 at Sotheby’s London, 160 years after its last appearance on the market. The monumental landscape depicting the countryside of the painter’s “careless boyhood” was the highlight of the Old Master & British Paintings... [Lire la suite]
01 décembre 2015

Constable's celebrated composition reappears on the market for the first time in 160 years

John Constable, The Lock, Oil on canvas, 139.7 by 122 cm.; 55 by 48 in. (est. £8-12 million). Photo: Sotheby's. LONDON.- Next week, The Lock, one of John Constable’s most famous compositions will reappear on the market for the first time in 160 years. The monumental landscape - depicting the countryside of the painter’s “careless boyhood” - will lead Sotheby’s London Evening auction of Old Master & British Paintings on 9th December. The sale will be further distinguished by museum-quality works, an unusually... [Lire la suite]
27 novembre 2015

Works by Ambrosisus Bosschaert I and Francesco Guardi lead Christie's Old Master & British Paintings Sale

LONDON.- Christie’s Old Master & British Paintings Evening Sale in London on Tuesday 8 December 2015 will offer an exceptional selection of pictures from private collections, several of which have never before been offered at auction. The sale is led by an exceptionally rare work, in excellent condition, from a private collection: A hare among plants by Hans Hoffmann (Nürnberg 1545-1591 Prague), (estimate: £4-6 million). Monogrammed and dated 1582, just three years before Hoffmann went to Prague to become court painter... [Lire la suite]
13 octobre 2015

Nationalmuseum in Stockholm presents research project on the Italian paintings collection

Giovanni Battista Recco (Italian, born c. 1631, dead 1674 or 1676, dead 1674 or 1676), Still Life with Fish and Oysters, 1653. Oil on canvas, 100 x 126. NM 759. Photo: Erik Cornelius/Nationalmuseum. STOCKHOLM.- Since 2009, a huge research project on the Italian paintings collection of Nationalmuseum in Stockholm has been in progress. The collection contains well-known works by great artists but the project has also made new discoveries. The results have been published in a catalogue raisonné to be presented at... [Lire la suite]
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]