Art History

Modernism

Zervos – THE Picasso Catalogue Returns

Zervos – THE Picasso Catalogue Returns

Posted November 27th, 2013

Art History, Books, Modernism

Picasso biographer John Richardson, Cahiers d’Art’s Staffan Ahrenberg and Sotheby’s Philip Hook preview the extraordinary new edition of Christian Zervos’ enequalled and historic 33-volume Picasso Catalogue.This massive undertaking became Zervos’s life work and one of the most influential pieces of scholarship on the 20th century’s… Read More

Videos

Film meets Art – How Francis Bacon inspired the Joker

Film meets Art – How Francis Bacon inspired the Joker

Posted November 26th, 2013

Art History, Film, Inspiration, Videos

The films below are from a series in which leading creatives share artworks from Tate Britain’s collection that have inspired them. Film meets Art – Mike Leigh inspired by JMW Turner Mike Leigh on transforming Turner’s life and work into cinema. Mike Leigh takes time… Read More

Shows

Georgians Revealed in London – The Making of Modern Britain

Georgians Revealed in London – The Making of Modern Britain

Posted November 19th, 2013

Art History, England, Shows

The British Library opened a major new exhibition, Georgians Revealed: Life, Style and the Making of Modern Britain, providing a fascinating insight into life in 18th and 19th century Britain and displaying never before seen artefacts that shed light on today’s popular culture. The exhibition… Read More

Videos

Shopping for Art with Sally Phillips

Shopping for Art with Sally Phillips

Posted November 18th, 2013

Art History, Art Market, Collectors, Videos

From Tutankhamun to the ancient Greeks, the church to the Medicis, there’s a long history of shopping for art. Comedian Sally Phillips explains the bulk-buys and the beheadings — then explores the international art fair circuit to find out what’s worth its weight in gold… Read More

News

Munich Art Hoarder breaks silence

Munich Art Hoarder breaks silence

Posted November 18th, 2013

Art History, Art Theft, Germany, News

Cornelius Gurlitt, a German recluse who hid hundreds of paintings believed looted by the Nazis in his Munich flat, says he will not give up the works without a fight, quashing hopes for a quick settlement. Describing the priceless works as the love of his… Read More

Paintings

Did the Nazis also steal the Mona Lisa?

Did the Nazis also steal the Mona Lisa?

Posted November 13th, 2013

Art History, Art Theft, Paintings

A fascinating and forogtten bit of art history in The Guardian: ” It seems that Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was among the paintings found in the Altaussee salt mine in the Austrian alps, which was converted by the Nazis into their secret stolen-art warehouse…. Read More

Modernism

Munich Nazi Art Loot – 22 more paintings found in Stuttgart

Munich Nazi Art Loot – 22 more paintings found in Stuttgart

Posted November 12th, 2013

Art History, Art Theft, Germany, Law, Modernism

Germany pretends to be surprised by the growing anger after it has been revealed that the German government has hired only one (!) art historian to identify, catalogue and return the more than 1400 paintings found in an apartment in Munich. Even if this one… Read More

Shows

Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classical Mythology at the Getty

Gods and Heroes: European Drawings of Classical Mythology at the Getty

Posted November 7th, 2013

Art History, Drawing, Europe, Shows

The stories involving the mythical gods and heroes of Greco-Roman antiquity have inspired artists for centuries, testing their abilities to represent complex narratives in visual form. The likes of Venus and Apollo, Hercules and Achilles, have proved to be particularly rich artistic subjects not only… Read More

France

Obernai: More than 6,000 years of occupation

Obernai: More than 6,000 years of occupation

Posted November 1st, 2013

Art History, France

In advance of the construction of an industrial business park by the associated communes of Pays de Sainte Odile, Inrap has just finished a large excavation at Obernai in France, under the curation of the State (DRAC Alsace). Across more than 7.5 hectares, Neolithic, Gallic,… Read More