Old Masters

Shows

Louvre confirms redating of Mona Lisa

Louvre confirms redating of Mona Lisa

Posted March 30th, 2012

News, Old Masters, Shows

Leonardo finished the famous portrait more than a decade later than previously thought, as The Art Newspaper first reported. “Until now Leonardo’s portrait has been dated to around 1503-6, but this is being formally altered to about 1503-19. This important redating is presented in the… Read More

Shows

Mona Lisa meets La Gioconda in Paris

Mona Lisa meets La Gioconda in Paris

Posted March 21st, 2012

Old Masters, Shows

The Prado’s copy of La Gioconda has been the subject of a technical study and restoration process that was requested two years ago by the Louvre in relation to the inclusion of the painting in the exhibition opening this March entitled “Saint Anne, Leonardo da… Read More

Women

What if the old masters’ nudes were today’s skinny models?

What if the old masters’ nudes were today’s skinny models?

Posted March 13th, 2012

Mashups, Old Masters, Women

“A website that reduces the waistlines and curves of nudes in famous paintings has something powerful to say about our modern ideals of beauty. Botticelli’s Venus is quite slender by the standards of Italian Renaissance nudes. Floating towards us on her shell, she seems perfectly… Read More

Old Masters

Art experts find ‘possible’ Leonardo Da Vinci fresco

Art experts find ‘possible’ Leonardo Da Vinci fresco

Posted March 12th, 2012

Italy, News, Old Masters

“Researchers in Italy say they may have found traces of a Leonardo Da Vinci work hidden under a Florentine fresco. Tiny probes, sent through drilled holes in Giorgio Vasari’s The Battle of Marciano in the Palazzo Vecchio, found black pigment also used in the Mona… Read More

Old Masters

Mona Lisa completed a decade later than thought?

Mona Lisa completed a decade later than thought?

Posted March 7th, 2012

Art History, Old Masters

The latest “Mona Lisa News” have something to do with rocks. Yes, indeed, a drawing of rocks by Leonardo in the Royal Collection provides evidence that the artist worked on the portrait for much longer than the dates officially given by the Louvre. The Art… Read More

Renaissance

A New Da Vinci Mystery: Did Leonardo Get Undue Credit For His Vitruvian Man?

A New Da Vinci Mystery: Did Leonardo Get Undue Credit For His Vitruvian Man?

Posted February 29th, 2012

Art History, Old Masters, Renaissance

Considered the most famous drawing ever of the human body, Leondardo Da Vinci’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ was thought to have been the fruit of the Italian artist-scientist’s singular genius. But now a similar image that pre-dates Leonardo’s work has emerged. Italian newspaper La Stampa has the… Read More

Old Masters

The Ghent Altarpiece in 100 Billion Pixels

The Ghent Altarpiece in 100 Billion Pixels

Posted February 26th, 2012

Belgium, Old Masters

“It is now possible to zoom in to the intricate, breathtaking details of one of the most important works of art in the world, thanks to a newly completed website focused on the Ghent Altarpiece,” Getty reports. “A stunning and highly complex painting composed of… Read More

Shows

La Gioconda- Prado’s copy of the Mona Lisa gives up more of her secrets

La Gioconda- Prado’s copy of the Mona Lisa gives up more of her secrets

Posted February 24th, 2012

Old Masters, Shows

The work is now fully restored and on view in Spain, and gives fresh insight into the most famous painting in the world. Will Dan brown have to rewrite his trash classic “The Da Vinci Code” now? Martin Bailey reports for The Art Newspaper: “The… Read More

Videos

The Hidden Masters of the Middle Ages: the Limbourg Brothers

The Hidden Masters of the Middle Ages: the Limbourg Brothers

Posted February 11th, 2012

Art History, Documentaries, Netherlands, Old Masters, Videos

The three Limbourg brothers painted landscapes and portraits with a precision that was unheard of in their time. They gave us the first snowy landscape in the history of painting, smoke from a chimney, skies full of clouds, a proper night scene, paintings with perspective…. Read More