“Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing” at Turner Contemporary

“Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing” at Turner Contemporary

Enter a world of wonder, fascination and inquiry. Experience the spectacular and the bizarre, the startling and mysterious, contemporary art alongside historical artefacts, as the gallery becomes a cabinet of curiosities. Curiosity: Art and the Pleasures of Knowing is a startling exhibition (Until 15 September… Read More

Did Vermeer’s daughter paint some of his masterpieces?

Did Vermeer’s daughter paint some of his masterpieces?

Was Vermeer’s Daughter Maria secretly trained as her father’s apprentice and did she then create one-fifth of all known Vermeers? Johannes Vermeer, one of the greatest Dutch painters and for some the single greatest painter of all, produced a remarkably small corpus of work. In… Read More

The Europe of Rubens – Louvre-Lens first international show

The Europe of Rubens – Louvre-Lens first international show

May 21st, 2013 | Baroque, Europe, Old Masters, Paintings, Shows

Born near Cologne, living in Antwerp after a long period in Italy, and active in the courts of Spain and England, Rubens (1577-1640) was an artist of European dimension. A renowned artist but also a diplomat, letter writer and entrepreneur, his work was very much… Read More

The Met’s Old Masters get more room to breathe

The Met’s Old Masters get more room to breathe

May 16th, 2013 | Europe, Museums, Old Masters, Paintings

The Metropolitan Museum’s world-famed collection of European paintings encompasses works of art from the thirteenth through the nineteenth centuries—from Giotto to Gauguin. Most, though not all, are displayed in the galleries of the Department of European Paintings. The collection traces its origins back to the… Read More

Nightwatch Flashmob

Nightwatch Flashmob

April 5th, 2013 | Netherlands, Old Masters, Videos

The slogan ‘Our Heroes are Back’ is used to announce that, after an absence of one decade, all major pieces in the Rijksmuseum’s collection are back where they belong. This is what happens when they suddenly emerge in an unsuspecting shopping mall somewhere in The… Read More

Jan Brueghel the Elder at Alte Pinakothek in Munich

Jan Brueghel the Elder at Alte Pinakothek in Munich

March 21st, 2013 | Belgium, Old Masters, Shows

Jan Brueghel the Elder is considered one of the most important Flemish painters of the early 17th century along with Peter Paul Rubens. Unlike his brother Pieter, who orientated himself closely on the works of his famous father, Pieter Bruegel the Elder, Jan developed his… Read More

Mystery masterpiece revealed as Rembrandt self-portrait

Mystery masterpiece revealed as Rembrandt self-portrait

March 19th, 2013 | Netherlands, News, Old Masters

A painting hanging in a British stately home has been confirmed as a self-portrait by Rembrandt worth tens of millions of dollars, the National Trust heritage body announced on Friday. The picture, which has been at Buckland Abbey in Devon, southwest England, since it was… Read More

Goya – Crazy Like A Genius

Goya – Crazy Like A Genius

March 4th, 2013 | Documentaries, Old Masters, Paintings, Spain

Written and presented by Robert Hughes, one of the world’s most prominent art commentators, this program explores the life and work of Francisco Goya—focusing on the painter’s subversive, often gruesome outlook, charting his achievements as a court painter, satirist and war reporter as well as… Read More

Write the Opening Line to Vermeer’s “Lady in Blue”

Write the Opening Line to Vermeer’s “Lady in Blue”

March 1st, 2013 | Netherlands, Old Masters, Videos

Vermeer‘s Woman in Blue has alsways inspired love wherever she goes. When the Getty invited you to imagine the first line of that mysterious letter she’s holding, people respondeded with nearly 200 creative ideas via The Iris, Facebook, and Twitter—from the heartfelt to the hilarious… Read More

Leonardo’s ‘Earlier Mona Lisa’ Confirmed by Experts

Leonardo’s ‘Earlier Mona Lisa’ Confirmed by Experts

February 18th, 2013 | News, Old Masters

“The results of these further tests are very convincing. They confirm our conclusion that this painting is indeed Leonardo’s ‘Earlier Version’ of his Mona Lisa”, says Dr. Markus Frey, President of The Mona Lisa Foundation. Alfonso Rubino, a specialist in the geometry of Leonardo, has… Read More