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  • This painting was looted by the Nazis, then seized from my living room

    12/04/2016 10:13:48 AM PST · by EveningStar · 91 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | December 4, 2016 | Craig Gilmore
    Two agents from U.S. Homeland Security’s ICE unit arrived at my door in September looking for a Polish lady — not a person, but a painting: Melchior Geldorp’s “Portrait of a Lady.” She had, they informed me, been looted by the Nazis from the National Museum in Warsaw. Unsure if these gentlemen were indeed who they claimed to be, I didn’t invite them in. But I knew exactly what they were seeking: My partner, David, and I had purchased this very portrait — ostensibly the work of a different artist — a decade earlier from a major auction house in...
  • Monet’s ‘Grainstack’ Sets Record With $81.4 Million at Auction

    11/17/2016 7:19:21 AM PST · by C19fan · 18 replies
    NY Times ^ | November 16, 2016 | Scott Reyburn and Robin Pogrebin
    After a 14-minute battle involving five bidders — four on the phone and one in the room — a new auction high was set for the French Impressionist Claude Monet on Wednesday evening when the artist’s radiant 1891 canvas “Meule,” or “Grainstack,” fetched $81.4 million with fees at Christie’s in Manhattan. “The Impressionist market is alive and well,” said Brooke Lampley, head of the Impressionist and Modern Art department at the auction house.
  • Rare painting of the Saginaw River

    10/13/2015 2:38:31 PM PDT · by Utah Binger · 49 replies | Staff
    Robert Clunie was born June 29, 1895 in Renfrewshire, Scotland. He began painting outdoors in his native Scotland at the age of 13 and was accepted to the Royal Scottish Academy. However, he cancelled his enrollment choosing instead to go to America. In 1911, he and his older brother William boarded the S.S. California for New York. Upon their arrival to the United States, they joined relatives in Saginaw, Michigan. In January 1918, wanting to escape the dark cold Michigan winters, Clunie boarded a train to Pasadena, California. It was on this return train trip back to Saginaw that he...
  • I don’t normally go for custom painted cars, but…

    08/08/2015 11:07:44 AM PDT · by The Looking Spoon · 14 replies
    American Irony ^ | 8-8-15 | The Looking Spoon
    I'm DEFINITELY making an exception for this one...
  • Famous Elephant Dung Painting of Virgin Mary Could Fetch $2.3 Million at Auction

    06/02/2015 10:33:11 AM PDT · by Citizen Zed · 17 replies
    kabc ^ | 6-2-2015
    One of the most controversial art works of the 1990s is going up for auction, and it could be yours – elephant dung and all – for around $2.3 million. “The Holy Virgin Mary,” a 1996 painting by British artist Chris Ofili, created a firestorm of controversy when it was exhibited at the Brooklyn Museum of Art in 1999. The painting depicts a black Madonna figure baring one breast, which is made from lacquered elephant dung and surrounded by butterfly-like formations of female genitalia (a play on the term putti, a type of cherub depicted in religious art). Many Catholics...
  • Woman in Gold

    04/10/2015 10:10:09 PM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 16 replies
    IMBD ^ | 4-10-15
    Maria Altmann, an octogenarian Jewish refugee, takes on the Austrian government to recover artwork she believes rightfully belongs to her family. We saw this movie tonight and just loved it. The Austrian interiors were sumptuous, and Helen Mirren was outstanding -- approaching her role with tenacity and good humor. We give it 4 thumbs up and 5 stars. It's the best movie we've seen this year. Comments?
  • Hitler flower painting to be auctioned for $30,000

    03/23/2015 9:51:39 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 77 replies
    Telegraph ^ | 4:33PM GMT 23 Mar 2015 | Kat Brown
    The still-life watercolour was painted when Adolf Hitler was in his mid-twenties, and sold by his Jewish art dealer Samuel Morgenstern, who was later sent to the Lodz Ghetto... ...The Telegraph's art critic Alastair Smart says of the piece, "The work is of no intrinsic, artistic worth whatsoever. The only vague point of interest might be that, unlike the iffy watercolours of Vienna city we associate with Hitler the painter, this rarity is an iffy watercolour of a pitcher of azalias."... ...Hitler moved to Munich in 1913, having been unable to make a living as a painter. The Nazis later...
  • Churchill painting sells for record £1.8m: 'Extremely personal' Goldfish Pool work among collection

    12/18/2014 7:40:36 AM PST · by C19fan · 25 replies
    UK Daily Mail ^ | December 17, 2014 | Emily Kent Smith
    A painting by Sir Winston Churchill sold for £1.8million last night – a record price for a work of art by the former Prime Minister. The Goldfish Pool at Chartwell, labelled 'extremely personal' by auctioneers, had been estimated to be worth between £400,000 and £600,000. Of the 11 pieces of artwork sold at Sotheby's in London last night, at least five went to American buyers. Two were bought by UK buyers and a further four remained anonymous. A Sotheby's spokesman said: 'Churchill's exceptional ability as a painter was celebrated.'
  • Watercolorist Russell Black makes it Look Easy

    12/03/2014 2:43:25 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 7 replies
    Thunderbird Foundation | 12/03/2014 | Russell Black
    Here is a copy of the original line sketch on the watercolor paper. The starting point was in the lower left side, and this is one continuous line ending up with my signature in the lower right corner. You can also see "pause" points where I stopped (but never lifted the pencil off of the paper), to check spacing and dimension as I was moving over the subject. At no time was the pencil ever lifted off of the paper. Here is the finished product About Russell Black
  • Portrait bought for $670 could now be auctioned off for as much as $839,000 Read more:

    06/11/2014 7:41:07 AM PDT · by afraidfortherepublic · 11 replies
    NY Daily News ^ | 6-11-14 | Melanie Greenwood
    Father Jamie MacLeod unknowingly bought the work of Anthony Van Dyck 12 years ago at an antique shop for $670. But after being authenticated by the TV program ‘Antiques Roadshow,’ the portrait could now sell for as much as $839,000 at auction. MacLeod plans to use the money to buy church bells to commemorate the end of WWI. A British priest who picked up a painting for $670 is likely to see it sold at auction for as much as $839,000. The BBC reported that Father Jamie MacLeod found Anthony Van Dyck’s Flemish Baroque work 12 years ago in a...
  • The Portrait Art of George W. Bush: Ignore the media. The former president has talent.

    04/15/2014 5:26:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 76 replies
    National Review ^ | 04/15/2014 | J R Compton, Art Critic
    Critics have blasted George W. Bush’s portraits as “amateur, very literal-minded” and “like a freshman art student attempting alla prima,” but it is not clear how much of this opinion free-for-all draws on in-person experience of the artworks at the Bush Presidential Library in Dallas and how much is based on mediocre photos and rampant ignorance. Certainly, some of the former president’s freshman efforts are not notable, but more are remarkable, and a few outstanding. Bush’s portrait of Vladimir Putin is stunning, fierce and deeply revealing. It exposes its subject’s realities, as successful portraits do. Other paintings show person...
  • Art Lovers and Artists: Your Attention Please!

    03/08/2014 12:56:22 PM PST · by Auntie Mame · 23 replies
    The Master Secrets Summit ^ | 03-08-14 | Auntie Mame
    A painter friend of mine is putting on a web convention of famous contemporary artists. It includes interviews with Marvin Mattelson, Albert Handell, Fernando Freitas, and many other Masters in the art world. I apologize for not posting this sooner, as it's been going on for a week now and is only available until March 26, 2014. There have been six interviews released with a new one every day. If you are an artist or art-lover, this is a once-in-a-lifetime chance to gain information and inspiration to help transform your own art or hear from the masters. This is really...
  • Antiques Roadshow star spots that £400 painting is really a Van Dyck worth [$660,000]

    12/30/2013 1:01:16 AM PST · by deks · 3 replies
    Mail Online ^ | December 28, 2013 | Martin Beckford
    It was bought for £400 by Father MacLeod – mainly because he liked its golden frame. It hung in the hallway of a retreat he runs for the clergy in Derbyshire. At at one stage, the painting fell off its hook on the wall and landed on a CD player, smashing the device. After art expert Philip Mould inspected it, it underwent a thorough restoration and was officially verified as a genuine Van Dyck by Dr Christopher Brown, who is a world authority on the artist. The artwork will now be sold by Fr. MacLeod to pay for the restoration...
  • George Zimmerman's eBay painting: Winning bid of $100,099.99

    12/21/2013 10:11:45 AM PST · by sheikdetailfeather · 53 replies
    The Orlando Sentinel ^ | 12/21/2013 | Kevin P. Connolly
    George Zimmerman earned a new title today — professional artist — when eBay bidding ended on his six-figure oil painting. The winning bid: $100,099.99. It wasn't immediately known who bought Zimmerman's original oil painting showing part of an American flag washed in blue with the words "God," "one nation," and "with liberty and justice for all" printed in the flag stripes. Bidding ended at 12:55 p.m. today. "Whoever wins within the Continental United States, will receive this painting delivered by me personally. Your friend," Zimmerman told his commenters on the eBay auction site.
  • Francis Bacon triptych sells for record $142.4 million at Christie’s auction

    11/12/2013 10:27:39 PM PST · by pluvmantelo · 22 replies
    The Globe and Mail ^ | November 12, 2013 | Chris Michaud
    Francis Bacon’s three-paneled painting “Three Studies of Lucian Freud” became the most expensive work of art ever sold at auction on Tuesday when it soared to $142.4 million at Christie’s.
  • The Greatest Painting? So Aldous Huxley deemed Piero della Francesca’s Resurrection of Christ

    09/21/2013 10:12:13 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 110 replies
    National Review ^ | 09/21/2013 | M. D. Aeschliman
    It was in a 1925 essay entitled “The Best Picture” that Aldous Huxley made the claim that a 1478 fresco painting by Piero della Francesca (1420–92), in the little Italian town of San Sepolcro (Holy Sepulcher) in the upper Tiber valley, was “the greatest picture in the world.” It is true that critics and connoisseurs before Huxley, and many after him, also made very high claims for Piero’s relatively few surviving paintings. Much of his work, sadly, was destroyed shortly after his death, and in the early 1800s vandalistic Napoleonic French troops fired damaging shots at his great fresco...
  • Feds Duck Controversy--Restore Prize For Stamp Art to 6-year-old Girl

    05/06/2013 12:33:38 PM PDT · by SgtHooper · 36 replies
    Fox News ^ | May 6, 2013 | Joshua Rhett Miller
    A 6-year-old South Dakota girl who was initially accused of cheating in a federally-sponsored art contest was restored as a winner, and her painting of a duck is again on track to be used on a U.S. postage stamp. A 9-by-12-inch oil painting of a canvasback duck by Madison Grimm, of Burbank, S.D., was declared the winner from some 29,000 entries in the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest. In addition to having their artwork immortalized on a stamp, winners receive a $5,000 scholarship. But days after the April 19 announcement, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service officials said Madison —...
  • Dubya Re. Recently Discovered Painting Talent: 'Of Course Some People are Surprised I Can Even Read'

    04/25/2013 9:21:56 AM PDT · by Reaganite Republican · 50 replies
    Reaganite Republican ^ | 25 April 2013 | Reaganite Republican
    I'm no art sophisticate or anything, but I know what I like. And as much as I didn't like George W Bush's spending and government expansion, I DO like his work in watercolors- the guy is good- But if you're surprised, so's Dubya... he had no idea he could paint: seems about a year ago he did some 'doodling' to explain something to the Bush daughters at the ranch one day, and and lo-and-behold a family friend in the art business told him he may have a hidden talent. Bush had read a book by Winston Churchill on amateur...
  • Charles Muench The Sound of Silence

    03/29/2013 9:17:07 AM PDT · by Utah Binger · 10 replies
    Southwest Art ^ | 04/01/2013 | Rosemary Carstons
    CHARLES MUENCH loves the lonely places. It is in the West, under a vast open sky, that the artist finds inspiration for his landscape paintings. “To truly understand the subject of your art,” he declares, “you must immerse yourself in it fully.” And so he does—his home ground is outside the small town of Gardnerville, NV, with its high desert bordered by the Pine Nut Mountains to the east and the massive Sierras to the west. From here he journeys to favorite spots he revisits regularly throughout the West.Paul and Susan Bingham, founders of the Thunderbird Foundation for the Arts,...
  • D. LaRue Mahlke paints landscapes suffused with the very spirit of creation

    02/16/2013 9:38:04 AM PST · by Utah Binger · 3 replies
    Southwest Art ^ | March 2013 | Norman Kolpas
    LAST SUMMER while driving home to Texas after participating in the first annual Artistic Horizons show in Bozeman, MT, Denise LaRue Mahlke swung through Yellowstone National Park. “One of the things that grabbed me there were the geyser pools,” she recalls. “They were infatuating to me. It was magical how they all looked so different. Some were like mud pots in opaque greens or reds. Others were clear, giant pools that looked incredibly deep and almost iridescent in shades of emerald and sapphire. One reminded me of a peacock feather. I could have stood and stared at them for hours,...
  • George W, Bush Takes the Art World by Storm

    02/10/2013 1:03:09 PM PST · by Marcus · 29 replies
    Yahoo News ^ | Feb. 10, 2013 | Mark R. Whittington
    The art world has been set ablaze about the advent of a stunning new talent in the medium of painting. Thanks to some hacked emails, the first works by a certain former president named George W. Bush have been revealed for all to admire.
  • Maynard Dixon 4x5 inch Watercolor Brings Close to $32,000

    12/12/2012 4:17:18 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 7 replies
    Ask Art ^ | 12/12/12 | Staff
    Small painting sets a record for its' size.
  • Painting Depicts Obama as Crucified Christ

    11/27/2012 11:33:40 AM PST · by Mrs. Frogjerk · 36 replies
    Fox News Radio ^ | 11/26/2012 | Todd Starnes
    A painting that features President Obama posed as Jesus Christ crucified on is on display at a community college art gallery in Boston. The painting by Michael D’Antuono is part of a larger exhibit called “Artists on the Stump – the Road to the White House 2012.” It’s on display at the Bunker Hill Community College Art Gallery until Dec. 15th.
  • Elk Grove Mayoral Candidate Denies Spray-Painting Fellow Candidate’s Sign

    11/06/2012 1:56:52 PM PST · by LibWhacker · 4 replies ^ | 8/6/12 | Nick James
    ELK GROVE (CBS13) – An Elk Grove mayoral candidate’s campaign sign was spray-painted, and the person accused of doing it is also a candidate. “And I just about fell over,” said Sophia Scherman, whose sign was vandalized. “I couldn’t believe when I heard the name.” That name – fellow candidate LaWanna Montgomery. For Scherman, this isn’t about politics — it’s personal. “At this point in time, an apology is too late,” she said Monday. A witness called the cops after seeing someone with a bag over their head spray-painting a Scherman sign late Saturday night. Police say the suspect’s car...
  • Is This An Early 'Mona Lisa?'

    09/28/2012 7:03:40 PM PDT · by smokingfrog · 8 replies ^ | 28 Sept 2012 | Mark Memmot
    The Zurich-based Mona Lisa Foundation said today that it has evidence that a painting that first came to light in the late 1800s is an early "Mona Lisa" also done by Leonard Da Vinci. Known as the "Isleworth Mona Lisa," the painting is a "portrait of a young woman with an enigmatic smile" much like the famous work of art in The Louvre, as The Associated Press writes. The foundation, which was created for the specific purpose of researching the history of the "early Mona Lisa," says it believes the painting was created 11 or 12 years before the more...
  • Woman Finds Renoir Original at Flea Market

    09/09/2012 7:16:58 AM PDT · by Daffynition · 80 replies ^ | September 8, 2012 | Mark Russell
    (Newser) – The flea market box lot was less than $50, and the buyer picked it up mostly for the Paul Bunyan doll it contained. But it turns out the box lot also contained an original painting by Renoir that could fetch up to $100,000 in an auction at the end of the month, reports the New York Times. The 5.5-inch-by-9-inch painting of the Seine riverside is believed to be Renoir's Paysage Bords de Seine. It was bought from a French gallery in 1925 and later sold to a Maryland collector, but art historians aren't sure when or how it...
  • Obamanation (One Painting That Says It All)

    09/01/2012 12:23:45 PM PDT · by bigbob · 3 replies
    McNaughton Art ^ | Aug. 2012 | Jon McNaughton
    I chose to use an undisclosed studio so I could paint privately, without interruption, to focus on the task of embedding in a single painting all the subtle, mindless, radical and dangerous atrocities of the Obama administration. I am just one person, a citizen of this country using my first amendment rights to speak out through my art. This is my declaration that we have never had a president do more to harm our country than Barack Obama. To those who scoff or wish to trivialize this painting, I challenge you… I DARE YOU… study the links of the various...
  • Elderly woman destroys 19th-century fresco with DIY restoration

    08/22/2012 9:48:26 AM PDT · by beaversmom · 98 replies
    The Telegraph ^ | August 22, 2012 | Amy Willis
    <p>Three separate photographs of “Ecce Homo” by painter Elias Garcia Martinez show extensive damage caused by an elderly woman who decided the masterpiece needed a little refurbishment.</p> <p>But in a time of austerity, rather than calling in a professional to complete the job, the unnamed woman attempted to restore the mural herself – at a devastating cost.</p>
  • Bob Ross has issues

    08/03/2012 3:37:08 PM PDT · by TurboZamboni · 2 replies
    you tube ^ | 8-3-12 | you tube
    A clip from the Emmy Award winning 'Rob Bartlett's Not For Profit TV Special'.
  • Massive mural memorializing slain Florida teen Trayvon Martin is going up in East New York

    07/06/2012 11:34:57 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 108 replies
    The New York Daily News ^ | July 2, 2012 | Simone Weichselbaum
    The city’s first known Trayvon Martin mural is going up on a wall of an East New York laundromat - adding to a brewing campaign to make sure history doesn’t snub the slain teen’s image. Teenage boys will start painting the 100-foot picture July 16 on New Lots Laundromat’s wall underneath the elevated tracks of the IRT No. 3 train. The East New York mural will join a growing list of similar street art popping up in black neighborhoods across the country. “We want him to become a martyr, and it’s sad that we even have to say that,” said...
  • (Mexican-American tagger) Vandal defaces Menil Collection Picasso - Repairs are under way...

    06/20/2012 1:19:14 PM PDT · by a fool in paradise · 10 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | By Molly Glentzer
    Officials at the Menil Collection don't know why a man spray-painted Pablo Picasso's "Woman in a Red Armchair" at the museum, but the act wasn't caught just on surveillance cameras. It also was captured by a bystander with a smartphone camera and subsequently posted on YouTube with a caption naming the alleged perpetrator as a young artist... The damaged artwork, with the spray paint barely dry, was rushed down the hall to the museum's conservation lab, where chief conservator Brad Epley quickly began its repair. The 1929 painting, one of nine by Picasso owned by the Menil, has "an excellent...
  • Art Dealer Spends £2Mln Proving Obscure oil Painting He Bought on Hunch is Lost Turner Masterpiece

    04/29/2012 10:18:23 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 17 replies
    Daily Mail ^ | 29 April 2012 | Rob Preece
    When Frank Faryab bought an obscure oil painting for thousands of pounds in a private sale, it was just the start of his outlay on the work. For the art and antiques dealer has since spent more than £2million and much of the past five years trying to convince others it was by JMW Turner, one of Britain's greatest painters. The perseverance appears to have paid off - because three leading authorities on the artist work now agree it is a lost Turner masterpiece which could be worth about £4million. Experts at the auction house Sotheby's will examine the painting...
  • Freep a Poll! (the Blaze. What Do You Think of the Painting 'One Nation Under Socialism'?)

    03/21/2012 3:02:48 PM PDT · by dynachrome · 17 replies ^ | 3-21-12 | The Blaze
    What Do You Think of the Painting 'One Nation Under Socialism' Love It. Unnecessary. Offensive.
  • Teichert painting at center of suit with LDS Church, gallery owner

    01/31/2012 4:25:43 PM PST · by Utah Binger · 12 replies
    The Deseret News ^ | 01/30/2012 | Amy Joi O'Donoghue
    SALT LAKE CITY — A Minerva Teichert painting known as "The Law on the Plates of Brass" is at the heart of a legal dispute pitting a downtown art gallery against the painting's one-time owner, and the LDS Church . Thomas Alder, owner of Williams Fine Art Gallery, contends two unnamed representatives from the Church History Museum showed up with paperwork to "borrow" the painting from his business and never returned it. Instead, his lawsuit alleges the painting's owner breached their consignment contract and sold the painting to a member of the museum's acquisition committee without Alder's knowledge. A Dec....
  • Crossing the Delaware, More Accurately

    12/25/2011 3:37:26 PM PST · by Theoria · 14 replies
    The New York Times ^ | 23 Dec 2011 | COREY KILGANNON
    There are few images as enduring in American history as the one of General George Washington standing tall, next to the Stars and Stripes, in a rowboat gliding past mini-icebergs as he leads his troops across the Delaware River on Christmas Day 1776 to start a surprise attack on Hessian forces during the Battle of Trenton. In his 1851 portrait, “Washington Crossing the Delaware,” among the best-known of American paintings, the artist, Emanuel Leutze, did not shy away from imbuing the scene with a dose of glory, inspiration and heroism. He also did not let the facts get in the...
  • Artist Believes He's Found Secret Code in the Mona Lisa

    12/09/2011 2:33:14 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 30 replies
    News5 ^ | 12/9/2012
    A New York artist believes he's "cracked the code" of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" painting. Ron Piccirillo stated on his blog that the painting is an optical illusion with one painting hidden within another. He refers to a "secret that has been hiding for five hundred years" as he claims to have found a lion's head, an ape head and a buffalo head in the painting while turning it around. "I had first Googled this, but could not find anything on it," he stated. "How could something like this have gone unnoticed for five hundred years?" The key to...
  • Saturn Devouring His Son - famous painting by Goya

    11/27/2011 7:47:44 PM PST · by EveningStar · 34 replies
    "Saturn Devouring His Son is the name given to a painting by Spanish artist Francisco Goya. It depicts the Greek myth of the Titan Cronus (in the title Romanised to Saturn), who, fearing that he would be overthrown by his children, ate each one upon their birth." My wife and I saw the real canvas transfer of the painting by Goya (1746-1828) in the Museo del Prado in Madrid several years ago. I do know how to hotlink graphics, however this painting is highly disturbing, and possibly the product of a disturbed mind. Click the reference links below to view...
  • Italian art experts accused of censoring phallic fresco

    08/22/2011 2:54:17 PM PDT · by woofie · 82 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Monday 22 August 2011
    Italian art experts who restored a cryptic medieval fresco depicting a tree of fertility have been accused of censoring the work by painting over the numerous phalluses which dangle from its boughs. The unusual 13th century Tree of Fertility fresco was discovered by chance a decade ago in the Tuscan town of Massa Marittima and has recently been subjected to a three-year restoration. The experts who carried out the restoration have been accused of sanitizing the mural by scrubbing out or altering some of the testicles, which hang from the tree's branches along with around 25 phalluses. "Many parts of...
  • Rembrandt drawing stolen from hotel

    08/15/2011 6:30:21 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 7 replies
    BBC ^ | 15 August 2011 Last updated at 03:38 ET | Staff
    A Rembrandt drawing, valued at $250,000 (£153,625), has been taken from a hotel in California in a "well thought-out, well-executed theft", police have said. The piece, called The Judgement, was taken from an exhibition at the Ritz-Carlton in Marina del Rey, a Los Angeles County Sheriff spokesman said. It was stolen on Saturday between 22:20 and 22:35 local time when a curator was distracted by a guest, he added. Police are studying surveillance video from the hotel. The Dutch master's quill pen and black ink drawing, which dates back to about 1655, was part of an exhibition at the hotel...
  • Jesuits at Oxford find painting believed to be by Michelangelo

    07/29/2011 6:13:47 AM PDT · by NYer · 17 replies
    cns blog ^ | July 28, 2011 | Dennis Sadowski
    A painting of Christ’s crucifixion believed to be the work of Michelangelo has been hanging in the residence of a small Jesuit community at Oxford for more than 70 years.Purchased at auction by the Campion Hall community in the 1930s, the painting was believed to be the work of Marcello Venusti, one of Michelangelo’s 16th-century contemporaries. But recent tests revealed that the work was indeed created by the Renaissance painter, reports the National Jesuit News.The discovery was made by historian and conservationist Antonio Forcellino, who used infrared technology to uncover who he believes is the true creator of the painting.BBC...
  • Updated my Art Blog.

    04/16/2011 2:57:19 PM PDT · by freemike · 15 replies
    michael lekites art ^ | 4/16/11 | freemike
    Here's the direct link. Check it out and let me know what you think. I posted this one other time and think I have improved it a bit since then.
  • Online Virtual Sistine Chapel~

    02/07/2011 4:44:38 AM PST · by Reaganite Republican · 6 replies · 1+ views
    Reaganite Republican ^ | February 07, 2011 | Reaganite Republican
    The Sistine Chapel (Cappella Sistina) is the best-known chapel in the Apostolic Palace, the official residence of the Pope in Vatican City. It is famous for its architecture and frescoes by the greatest Renaissance artists including Michelangelo, Raphael, Bernini, and Sandro Botticelli... The chapel takes its name from Pope Sixtus IV, who restored the old Cappella Magna between 1477 and 1480. Under the patronage of Pope Julius II, Michelangelo painted 12,000 square feet of the chapel ceiling in the four years between 1508 and 1512. Today the ceiling of the chapel -and in-particular The Last Judgement- is widely believed to be Michelangelo's crowning achievement....
  • Paul Gauguin's tribute to Vincent Van Gogh expected to fetch £10m

    01/30/2011 4:36:10 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 44 replies · 1+ views
    The Telegraph ^ | Jan 2011
    A still life of sunflowers by Paul Gauguin, painted in tribute to his friend Vincent Van Gogh, is expected to fetch up to £10 million at auction. Gauguin painted the work, Nature morte à L'Espérance, in 1901 while he was living in Tahiti. It is the highlight of an Impressionist and Modern Art sale at Christie's in London on February 9. The depiction of sunflowers was a fitting tribute to Van Gogh and a reference to the months in 1888 when the two artists shared a home, a period that ended in tragedy. The pair lived together in Arles, France,...
  • The art of war

    01/22/2011 3:03:35 PM PST · by humblegunner · 4 replies
    Houston Chronicle ^ | Jan. 22, 2011 | LINDSAY WISE
    Retired billboard painter is working to capture on canvas the face of every fallen service member from Texas — 500 and counting. Ken Pridgeon calls them his "boys." The 75-year-old artist shares his small home in Baytown with two dozen portraits he's painted of fallen Houston-area service members, each one centered on an American flag background with an eagle in the top right-hand corner. The canvases, measuring 3 feet by 4 feet, line the walls of a converted garage. A few rest near the front door, others in a den-turned- studio. This soldier was a bull rider and football player,...
  • Egyptian Minister Says Van Gogh Picture Still Missing ($50 Mln 'Poppies' Stole in Cairo)

    08/21/2010 9:31:57 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 15 replies
    BBC ^ | 21 August, 2010
    A Van Gogh painting worth $50 million stolen from a Cairo museum is still missing, Egypt's culture minister says. Earlier Farouk Hosni had said two Italians had been arrested at Cairo airport, and the small canvas found. But later he said he had been given "inaccurate" information, and the painting was still missing. The painting - known as both Poppy Flowers and Vase And Flowers - was "cut from its frame" at the Mahmoud Khalil Museum on Saturday, Mr Hosni said. Two Italians had been arrested at Cairo airport later in the day, after earlier visiting the museum. The state...
  • Artist Uses Her Breasts to Paint Pictures

    08/02/2010 12:37:45 PM PDT · by Candor7 · 162 replies · 27+ views
    My Fox Phoenix ^ | Monday, 02 Aug 2010, 12:11 PM MDT | Staff
    ST. PETERSBURG, Russia - An amateur artist is drawing attention to herself because of the unusual way she paints...using her breasts. Victoria started her unsual way of painting about a year ago. She says one night she had a dream of painting a beautiful flower using her breast and decided to try it. He work is being shown at a St. Petersburg art gallery. She also has admirers who view her new paintings and order them online.
  • Painter Of Light Arrested (Thomas Kinkade)

    06/15/2010 2:13:18 AM PDT · by plinyelder · 135 replies · 2,730+ views
    The painter of light is having a dark period. Thomas Kinkade, the Placerville native who became one of the world's wealthiest artists with his sentimental landscapes and Christian motifs, has had a string of legal troubles. His company owes millions of dollars to art gallery owners who successfully pressed fraud claims. Earlier this month the firm filed for bankruptcy protection from those gallery owners and hundreds of other creditors. And on Friday, the 52-year-old Kinkade, who calls himself "the painter of light," was arrested on a DUI charge outside Carmel, where he owns a home.
  • Picasso Painting sets record sale price ($106.5 Million at auction)

    05/05/2010 11:45:02 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 27 replies · 896+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | 05/05/2010 | Jori Finkel
    His 1932 portrait 'Nude, Green Leaves and Bust' fetches $106.5 million. Some mistresses are more valuable than others. On Tuesday night, Christie's New York sold Pablo Picasso's bold 1932 portrait of his lover Marie-Thérèse Walter, "Nude, Green Leaves and Bust," for $106.5 million, making it the most expensive artwork ever sold at auction. "I think the Picasso illustrates what has been true in good and bad economic times — the very best works of art continue to sell at a premium," said Marc Porter, chairman of Christie's Americas. He said the nine bidders active after the opening bid of $58...
  • Face of Defense: Guardsman Paints to Document Deployment

    04/07/2010 5:04:34 PM PDT · by SandRat · 276+ views
    Face of Defense ^ | Sgt. Michael L. Owens, La. USANG
    NEW ORLEANS, April 7, 2010 – Between weekend drills, overseas deployments, the work in communities during peacekeeping and natural disaster missions, full-time jobs and school, National Guardsmen often find themselves too busy making a difference to find time for their hobbies. Army 1st Lt. Heather S. Englehart of the Louisiana National Guard paints a scene from her military experiences at her home in New Orleans, March 31, 2010. Courtesy photo  (Click photo for screen-resolution image);high-resolution image available. One soldier has found a way to combine the two. For 31-year-old Army 1st Lt. Heather S. Englehart of the Louisiana National Guard, her...
  • Leonardo Da Vinci's 'The Last Supper' reveals more secrets

    04/07/2010 1:00:43 AM PDT · by nickcarraway · 35 replies · 1,692+ views
    EurekaAlert ^ | March 30, 2010
    Universite de Montreal researchers decode food served in legendary painting Montreal, March 30, 2010 – The Last Supper – relentlessly studied, scrutinized, satirized and one the world's most famous paintings – is still revealing secrets. Researchers Olivier Bauer, Nancy Labonté, Jonas Saint-Martin and Sébastien Fillion of the Université de Montréal Faculty of Theology have found new meaning to the food depicted by Leonardo Da Vinci's famous artwork. "We asked ourselves why Da Vinci chose those particular foods, because they don't correspond to what the Evangelists described," says Bauer. "Why bread, fish, salt, citrus and wine? Why is the saltshaker tipped...