15th Century And Earlier

Madonna del Pantheon Conserved

July 10 2024

Video: MiC_Italia

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Rome that the so-called Madonna del Pantheon, an incredibly ancient religious painting possibly dating to the 7th century, has been conserved. The 8-month project, which included scientific analysis, was funded by the Italian fashion house Bulgari.

Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Foligno acquire Giovanni di Corraduccio

July 9 2024

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Picture: Sotheby's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Fondazione Cassa di Risparmio di Foligno in Italy have announced their acquisition of a triptych by Giovanni di Corraduccio. The work was acquired from the recent Evening Auction at Sotheby's London where it sold for £348,000 (inc. fees) over its £200k - £300k estimate. The foundation expressed that it is committed to to the recovery, protection and enhancement of the local historical and artistic heritage of Foligno in Perugia and the work will soon go on display at the Palazzo Cattani.

Duecento painting: The art and technique of Margarito d’Arezzo and his contemporaries

July 4 2024

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Picture: Museo Nazionale d'Arte Medievale e Moderna di Arezzo 

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A call for papers has been issued for a collaborative conference on the subject of Duecento painting: The art and technique of Margarito d'Arezzo and his contemporaries.

According to the link above (in translation):

This interdisciplinary convention invites colleagues working on all aspects of thirteenth-century painting, from art-historical studies to scientific analysis, technical research and conservation. The conference aims to provide an exceptional opportunity to share and discuss the artworks of Margarito d'Arezzo and his contemporaries.

Submissions covering a wide range of topics will be considered, including works on panel, sculptures, wall paintings, textiles, and miniatures, as well as art history and the history of collecting. We expect that the conference will stimulate studies in this area, so proposals may also include information on ongoing research, without detailed results.

The conference will take place in October 2025 and abstracts will need to be submitted by 20th September 2024.

The Torlonia Collection at the Louvre

June 25 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new display of classical sculpture from the Torlonia Collection will be opened tomorrow at the Louvre in Paris. It will be the first time the collection has been exhibited outside of Italy.

According to the press release:

The Paris show is intended to display the Torlonia Collection, little known in France, in a setting steeped in the history of museums of ancient sculpture. It will offer an intimate archaeological and aesthetic look at the extraordinary Torlonia marbles as they engage in dialogue with the artworks in the Louvre’s own collection.

It will be held in the summer apartments of Anne of Austria and in the adjacent ‘Salle d’Auguste’ , where Roman sculpture has been displayed in the Louvre since 1798. These spaces have been completely renovated as they will later be home to a newly designed display of the Louvre’s Roman collection.

The exhibition will run until 11th November 2024.

15th Century Flemish Paintings in the Prado

June 21 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Prado Museum in Madrid have just published a new catalogue of their 15th Century Flemish Paintings (spotted via @MarteVelazquez on 'X'). The volume, which was written by José Juan Pérez Preciado, includes vast descriptions of works by the likes of Jan van Eyck, Rogier van der Weyden, The Master of Flémalle, Dirk Bouts, Hans Memling and Hugo van der Goes.

Recent Release: Painting Architecture in Early Renaissance Italy

June 20 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Harvey Miller Publishers are set to release the following book this month. Painting Architecture in Early Renaissance Italy: Innovation and Persuasion at the Intersection of Artistic and Architectural Practice has been written by the scholar Livia Lupi whose work has been funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, the Leverhulme Trust and the Warburg Institute.

According to the publication's blurb:

Why did artists include prominent architectural settings in their narrative paintings? Why did they labour over specific, highly innovative structural solutions? Why did they endeavour to design original ornamental motifs which brought together sculptural, painterly and architectural approaches, as well as showcasing their understanding of materiality? Painting Architecture in Early Renaissance Italy addresses these questions in order to shed light on the early exchanges between artistic and architectural practice in Italy, arguing that architecture in painting provided a unique platform for architectural experimentation.

Rather than interpreting architectural settings as purely spatial devices and as lesser counterparts of their built cognates, this book emphasises their intrinsic value as designs as well as communicative tools, contending that the architectural imagination of artists was instrumental in redefining the status of architectural forms as a kind of cultural currency. Exploring the nexus between innovation and persuasion, Livia Lupi highlights an early form of little-discussed paragone between painting and architecture which relied on a shared understanding of architectural invention as a symbol of prestige.

Bellissimo! in Freiburg

June 6 2024

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Picture: freiburg.de

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I failed to spot that a new exhibition opened in the Augustinermuseum in Freiburg last month entitled Bellissimo! Italian paintings from the Lindenau Museum Altenburg (via @bastianeclercy).

According to the city's website:

Magnificent golds and bright colors, elegant lines and refined artistic techniques - this is how precious Italian paintings by Fra Angelico, Guido da Siena or Sandro Botticelli inspire. They were created in famous art centers such as Florence or Siena. The exhibition shows the pictorial world of churches and private devotion, but also offers insights into the art of stately courts. The Lindenau Museum in Altenburg owns one of the most important collections of Italian paintings from the 13th to the early 16th century abroad. On the occasion of its renovation, the treasures are guests in Freiburg. 

The show will continue until 3rd November 2024.

Donatello's Judith and Holofernes Conserved

June 4 2024

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Picture: ansa.it

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Italy that Donatello's bronze of Judith and Holofernes has been conserved and redisplayed to the public. The sculpture, in the collections of Palazzo Vecchio, has just completed a ten-month conservation project which was funded in part by the Friends of Florence Foundation. Click on the link to see images of the newly restored work.

Fra Angelico at the Palazzo Strozzi

May 31 2024

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Picture: palazzostrozzi.org

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Palazzo Strozzi in Florence have released details regarding a major exhibition they are planning in 2025. The show, dedicated to Fra Angelico, promises to be an unmissable event.

According to their website:

The occasion of the exhibition will see the restoration of extraordinary masterpieces and the re-assembly for the first time ever of several of Angelico’s great altarpieces that have been dispersed in museums throughout Europe and North America. This will allow an unparalleled journey, with loans from the most important museums and institutions in the world such as the Louvre in Paris, the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin, the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam, Windsor Castle, the Vatican Museums, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, the National Gallery of Art in Washington, and the Philadelphia Museum of Art. Angelico allows an exploration of the production, development, and influence of Fra Angelico’s art in dialogue with painters like Lorenzo Monaco, Masaccio, Filippo Lippi, Jan van Eyck, and Lorenzo Monaco, as well as sculptors such as Lorenzo Ghiberti, Michelozzo, and Luca della Robbia.

The exhibition will be opening in September 2025!

Brancacci Chapel Restoration Completed

May 29 2024

Video: @MichelangeloBuonarrotietornato

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The restoration of the Brancacci Chapel in Florence has been completed after a 3 1/2 year project. Begun in November 2020, the project had included an in-depth analysis of the pigments and processes used in its creation by Masolino, Masaccio and Filippino Lippi. Findings will be presented in a special conference next Spring. Watch the video above to see some of the conservators at work, although, the accompanying music is awful, so I recommend muting your speakers beforehand.

Sculptural Portrait of Brunelleschi Discovered

May 24 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Italy that a terracotta bust of the famous architect Filippo Brunelleschi has been discovered. The work by Andrea di Lazzaro Cavalcanti called il Buggiano (1412-1462) was discovered in a Florentine residence and has been purchased by the  Opera di Santa Maria del Fiore for €300,000. Click on the link to see a photograph of the bust.

Filippo e Filippino Lippi in Rome

May 16 2024

Video: askanews

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition opened at the Musei Capitolini in Rome yesterday. As the title suggests, the show will examine the careers of father and son Fra' Filippo Lippi (1406-1469) and Filippino (1457-1504). Both works on paper and paintings will be on display drawing on loans from collections across Italy.

The exhibition will run until 25th August 2024.

See Restoration of Masaccio on Scaffold

May 10 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Visitors to the Florentine Church of Santa Maria Novella will be able to glimpse at Masaccio's The Holy Trinity up-close during the next few weeks. This has been made possible due to a special scaffold having been erected for a conservation project on the wall painting. It will cost a mere €1.50 (on top of your entrance ticket) to see the work up close!

Adopt a Fresco at the Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo a Passignano

May 1 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Abbey of San Michele Arcangelo a Passignano, also known as the Badia di Passignano, are running an 'Adopt a Fresco' scheme to help raise money to conserve their set of 30 wall paintings. Undertaken by Filippo di Antonio Filippelli (1460-1506), a pupil of Domenico Ghirlandaio, the vast scheme of paintings are in need of consolidation and restoration. Donors will have the opportunity to have their names engraved onto a plaque.

The Arts in France during the reign of Charles VII

April 26 2024

Video: Pixelucis

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I missed the news last month that a new exhibition opened at the Musée de Cluny dedicated to the Arts in France during the reign of Charles VII. The show focuses on works produced during the end of the 15th century, troubled by the last outbreaks of the Hundred Years' War and prone to influences from Flanders and Italy.

The show will run until 16th June 2024.

Sleeper Alert?

April 15 2024

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Picture: Bonhams

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Multiple accounts on 'X' (formerly known as Twitter) had drawn attention to this painting catalogued as 'After Rogier van der Weyden, late 17th Century - Portrait of Philip the Good' which achieved an impressive £203,600 over its low estimate of £4,000 last week at Bonhams London.

Fra Angelico Predella and Altarpiece Reunited

March 29 2024

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Italy that a predella and altarpiece by Fra Angelico have been reunited. The altarpiece, depicting the Coronation of the Virgin, was dislocated from its predella at the end of World War II. They had been kept in separate museums, split between the Uffizi and the San Marco Museums in Florence respectively, for decades. Fortunately, the Uffizi have now sent their altarpiece to be reunited with its predella, for an indefinite period it seems, in the San Marco Museum.

Restoring the Louvre's Van Eyck

March 28 2024

Video: Louvre

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Louvre in Paris have made the following video detailing their recent work on Jan van Eyck's La Vierge et l'Enfant au chancelier Rolin. The work is currently the focal point of an exhibition at the museum which runs until June.

Piero Della Francesca Panels Reunited in Milan

March 20 2024

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Italy that a group of panels by Piero Della Francesca have been reunited for a special exhibition at the Poldi Pezzoli Museum in Milan. The 8 panels were once part of a grand polyptych created by the artist between 1454 and 1469 for the altar of the Augustinian church in Borgo San Sepolcro, Arezzo. The altarpiece was dispersed at the end of the sixteenth century and the surviving panels are now split between various museums across the globe.

The exhibition will run until 24th June 2024.

Boston MFA Conserves Vivarini Altarpiece

March 19 2024

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Picture: MFA Boston

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Museum of Fine Arts Boston have just concluded a five-year conservation project on a magnificent altarpiece by Bartolomeo Vivarini. Painted in 1485 for the church of St. Andrew, Rab, Croatia, the work has undergone vast sets of treatment for the frame, gilding, polychrome sculpture and panel paintings.

The altarpiece will be redisplayed in the museum's European galleries on 21st March 2024.

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