Old Masters

Talks

Caravaggio, Mad Marketing Genius

Caravaggio, Mad Marketing Genius

Posted February 3rd, 2012

Italy, Marketing, Old Masters, Talks

“Andrew Graham-Dixon, who has been called “the most gifted art critic of his generation,” revisits the scandalous, sensational life of Italian painter Caravaggio and finds in it one model for success in troubled times. Watch the video at Big Think over here. What’s the Big… Read More

Old Masters

Madrid museum finds ‘copy of Mona Lisa by da Vinci pupil’

Madrid museum finds ‘copy of Mona Lisa by da Vinci pupil’

Posted February 1st, 2012

News, Old Masters

Sensational Da Vinci News: A painting thought to be the earliest copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa and painted alongside the original has been discovered in Madrid’s Prado museum, giving another insight into what the model for one of the world’s most famous paintings… Read More

Sponsorship

Italian football club sponsors Old Masters show

Italian football club sponsors Old Masters show

Posted February 1st, 2012

Italy, Old Masters, Shows, Sponsorship

An exhibition of works from the collection of the Prince of Liechtenstein is backed by a premier league team, but funding amounts have not been revealed. Gareth Harris reports for The Art Newspaper: “A major Italian football club has taken the unusual step of sponsoring… Read More

Old Masters

Is that handbag a real da Vinci?

Is that handbag a real da Vinci?

Posted January 18th, 2012

Merchandising, Old Masters

This handbag is based on an original sketch by Leonardo da Vinci which was found in 1978 (Picture: London Media) Just when you think you have heard it all, Leonardo da Vinci is on the news again. Did anyone knwo that da Vinci was also… Read More

Old Masters

Rubens masterpiece “made for market”

Rubens masterpiece “made for market”

Posted January 18th, 2012

Art Market, Old Masters

“The restoration of a painting by Rubens from London’s Courtauld Gallery has revealed that the work was probably not a commission, but created for the speculative market,” writes The Art Newspaper. “Cain Slaying Abel, around 1608-09—one of the most significant works by the artist in… Read More

Shows

On View: Perugino – Raphael’s Master

On View: Perugino – Raphael’s Master

Posted January 3rd, 2012

Art History, Italy, Old Masters, Religion, Shows

Pietro Perugino was one of the most successful artists of the Italian Renaissance around 1500. Prominent patrons courted his attention even some distance from Florence and Perugia, the centres in which he worked. It was not just the classical harmony and technical skill of his… Read More

Old Masters

Leonardo Live and more Da Vinci News

Leonardo Live and more Da Vinci News

Posted December 20th, 2011

News, Old Masters

Maybe we should start our own Mona Lisa Blog on the side next year… No week passes by without some mad scientist claiming to have found new hidden messages in the Mona Lisa or someone writing a new article about “the true history” of the… Read More

Videos

Da Vinci News – Lost fresco ‘found by art historians’

Da Vinci News – Lost fresco ‘found by art historians’

Posted December 7th, 2011

Italy, Old Masters, Videos

Leonardo da Vinci has become a category on his own and a mayor player in today’s popculture also. Hot on the heels of the smash hit show in London, a new work may have been found or not. “For years – in what is worthy… Read More

Old Masters

Experts reclassify painting as real Rembrandt

Experts reclassify painting as real Rembrandt

Posted December 5th, 2011

Netherlands, Old Masters

“Experts have reclassified a painting of an old man long thought to have been made by one of Rembrandts’ students as having come from the hand of the Dutch master himself, after X-ray analysis revealed outlines of a self-portrait of the artist as a young… Read More