14 juin 2016

Christie's announces highlights from 250th anniversary sale "Defining British Art"

Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A. (1723-1792), Portrait of Lucy Long, Mrs George Hardinge (d. 1820), daughter and heiress of Richard Long of Hinxton, Cambridgeshire, in a white dress with a sheer brown scarf and a ribbon and pearls in her hair, with her spaniel, in a landscape, 1778. Oil on canvas. 50 1/8 x 40 1/4 in. (127.3 x 102.1 cm.). Estimate: £2,000,000-3,000,000. Photo Christie's Image Ltd 2016. LONDON.- Infatuation with arresting beauty has always compelled artists to produce masterpieces and four superb works are... [Lire la suite]

29 janvier 2016

Agnew's at TEFAF 2016

Sir Joshua Reynolds, P.R.A (Plympton 1723-1792 London), Portrait of Sir Gerard Napier, 6th Bt. (1739-1765), three-quarter-length, in the uniform of the Dorsetshire Militia, in a landscape, his hand resting on a balustrade. Oil on canvas, 127.5 x 101.5 cm. Agnew's at TEFAF 2016 © TEFAF Maastricht, 2015 Sir Gerard Napier, 6th Bt. was a soldier, and the son of Sir Gerard Napier, 5th Bt. (d.1759), and his wife Bridget, daughter of Edward Phelips of Montacute, and a descendant of the prominent royalist of... [Lire la suite]
27 février 2013

From a unique Gentileschi to a rediscovered Reynolds, the Weiss Gallery at TEFAF Maastricht

David contemplating the Head of Goliath by Orazio Gentileschi (1563 – 1639), oil on lapis lazuli, 25 x 19cm. A superb exhibition of Old Master paintings is to be mounted by the leading international dealers The Weiss Gallery at TEFAF Maastricht, the world’s most important art fair, which will take place in the southern Netherlands from 15 to 24 March 2013. It will include a unique painting by the Italian artist Orazio Gentileschi which may have been commissioned as a papal gift, a work by Lucas Cranach the Younger which has been in... [Lire la suite]
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29 mai 2012

The Royal Academy celebrates the Queen's Diamond Jubilee with several displays

Peter Greenham RA, 'Study for a Portrait of Her Majesty The Queen', 1964. Oil on canvas. © estate of the artist. Photo: Royal Academy of Arts, London / Prudence Cuming Associates Ltd. LONDON.- This summer, as Britain celebrates the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee, the Royal Academy of Arts marks the occasion with a series of displays and events. Peter Greenham’s Study for a Portrait of Her Majesty the Queen (1964) has gone on show in the RA’s entrance hall, while displays in the John Madejski Fine Rooms celebrate the... [Lire la suite]
20 octobre 2011

"The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to Sarah Siddons" @ National Portrait Gallery

Eleanor ('Nell') Gwyn by Simon Verelst, c.1680. © National Portrait Gallery, London LONDON.- The first exhibition to explore art and theatre in eighteenth-century England through portraits of women opens at the National Portrait Gallery. With 53 portraits, some brought together for the first time and others not previously seen in public, the exhibition shows the remarkable popularity of actress-portraits and provides a vivid spectacle of eighteenth-century femininity, fashion and theatricality. The First Actresses: Nell Gwyn to... [Lire la suite]
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10 mai 2010

"En regards. Deux collections, une seule passion" @ Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux

Le Frac Aquitaine et le Musée des beaux-arts de Bordeaux croisent leur regard sur leur collection, à l’occasion des nouvelles acquisitions 2009 du Frac Aquitaine. Ils proposent de nouveaux éclairages sur une sélection de leurs oeuvres : oeuvres anciennes revisitées à la lumière du présent, et oeuvres contemporaines en écho aux oeuvres du passé. Les 17 nouvelles acquisitions du Frac Aquitaine seront présentées pour la première fois dans leur intégralité, en vis-à-vis de 19 oeuvres du Musée des beaux-arts de différentes époques... [Lire la suite]

22 novembre 2009

A masterwork by a Renaissance genius: Raphael drawing to be offered at Christie’s in december 2009

Raffaello Sanzio, called Raphael (Urbino 1483-1520 Rome) Head of a muse, black chalk over pounce marks, traces of stylus, watermark encircled Saint Anthony's cross, 12 x 8¾ in. (30.5 x 22.2 cm.) Est. £12,000,000 - £16,000,000 ($19,896,000 - $26,528,000) Photo 2009 Christie's Ltd "Raffaelle, who stands in general foremost of the first painters, owes his reputation, as I have observed, to his excellence in the higher parts of the art… The excellency of this extraordinary man lay in the propriety, beauty, and majesty of his... [Lire la suite]
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26 août 2009

Sotheby's London announced the sale of two great British houses, Powderham Castle and Seaton Delaval Hall

Powderham Castle, Devon. photo Sotheby's LONDON.- Sotheby's London announced the sale of fine furniture, paintings and works of art from two great British houses, Powderham Castle and Seaton Delaval Hall, in its New Bond Street galleries on 29th September 2009. The selection of 130 lots from Powderham Castle in Devon, the ancestral home of the Earls of Devon, includes Georgian Furniture, Early British Pictures, Silver and Ceramics, and together with the 70 lots from the private rooms of Seaton Delaval Hall, Vanbrugh’s... [Lire la suite]
08 juillet 2009

'Best of British', The Story of the British Collection @ Dulwich Picture Gallery

Thomas Gainsborourgh, The Linley Sisters, © Trustees of Dulwich Picture Gallery LONDON.- To complement its recently published catalogue of British pictures, Dulwich Picture Gallery will be exhibiting the best of its British paintings this summer in an unusual exhibition. Masterpieces from the original collection will be displayed alongside lesser-known paintings bequeathed by other collectors, including a significant group of actors’ portraits from Shakespeare’s time. Each room will show works left by individual collectors,... [Lire la suite]
23 mai 2009

“Samuel Johnson: Literary Giant of the 18th Century” @ The Huntington Library

The famous “Blinking Sam” portrait of Samuel Johnson, painted by his friend Sir Joshua Reynolds in 1775. Huntington Library. © The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens SAN MARINO, CA.- Literary giant Samuel Johnson (1709–1784), author of the first English dictionary, will be celebrated in a new exhibition opening this spring at The Huntington Library, Art Collections, and Botanical Gardens, marking the 300th anniversary of his birth. Johnson is one of the most significant and influential men of letters in... [Lire la suite]