15th Century And Earlier

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

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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

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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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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.

The University of Oxford are Hiring!

March 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The University of Oxford are hiring an Associate Professorship in the History of Medieval Art. The role also comes with a Tutorial Fellowship at St Catherine’s College (pictured).

According to the job description:

We are looking to appoint an Associate Professor with particular research and teaching expertise in Medieval European Art before 1500. The appointee will be able to bring together students and scholars working in this period across the Humanities Division and in Oxford’s libraries and collections through a consideration of visual and material cultures, including in Oxford's own collections and beyond--and ideally encompassing research and teaching that expands the field's traditional geographic and methodological boundaries. The appointee will have the opportunity to co-convene the Medieval Visual Culture research seminar, contribute to other pre-1500 research seminars and projects across the Division, and build on the numerous research collaborations established locally, nationally and internationally by Professor Gervase Rosser over the past 30 years.

The appointee will be able to critique constructively the geographic and methodological boundaries of the field, which would complement similar work being undertaken across the Humanities. This has been generating new and creative work both at and beyond the margins of Europe before the Reformation and beyond traditional canons, e.g. in Medieval Islamic art, in Byzantine artistic connections with Western Christendom, and in the diverse media deployed by artists and requested by their patrons in the period before 1500.

The job comes with an annual salary between £44,296 and £59,479 and applications must be in by 18th March 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!

Roman Bust Unearthed during Car Park Extension at Burghley

March 14 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Interesting news from Burghley House in Lincolnshire, that a Roman bust that was unearthed during the extension of their car park has been redisplayed in the house. The ancient marble was discovered by a digger driver who was working on the site, who swiftly brought it to the attention of curators at the property.

According to the website:

But it remains a complete mystery how the head and bust ended up buried in the park, with explanations ranging from a bungled burglary to someone simply discarding the statue and it later being covered by soil.

It is also unclear how long it has remained hidden underground before being discovered in late April 2023 when the new car park was nearly complete.

It was during work on an overflow parking area, at the edge of the main site, that digger driver Greg Crawley noticed a pale object amongst the lifted earth, which turned out to be the head. Thrilled with the discovery of the ancient artifact, to everyone’s amazement just weeks later a second discovery was made within a short distance of where the head was found, when the bust was also unearthed.

L' Enigma del Maestro di San Francesco

March 11 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition has just opened at the Galleria Nazionale dell' Umbria dedicated to unravelling the mystery of the thirteenth-century artist known as the Maestro di San Francesco. The exhibition features seven out of nine of the master's recognised corpus, and will run at gallery until 10th June 2024.

Memling on CODART Canon

March 1 2024

Diptych of Maarten van Nieuwenhove by Hans Memling with Anna Koopstra (CODART Canon) from CODART on Vimeo.

Video: CODART

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

CODART (the international network of curators of Dutch and Flemish art)have recently published the following video on Hans Memling's Diptych of Maarten van Nieuwenhove in the Museum Sint-Janshospitaal, Bruges. The video is part of their CODART Canon series.

Cleveland Acquire Stoss Sculpture

February 22 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

I'm a little late to the news that the Cleveland Museum of Art announced their acquisition of Veit Stoss's limewood carving of Jesse at the end of last month. 

According to the museum's press release:

Veit Stoss was one of the most influential German sculptors and is most celebrated today for his dramatically carved and emotionally intense limewood sculptures. This is the first sculpture by Stoss acquired by the CMA. The work depicts Jesse, described in the Bible as the father of David who became king of the Israelites; Jesse is therefore regarded as an ancestor of Christ. 

“Stoss is the seminal artist of this genre,” said William M. Griswold, CMA director and president. “Jesse, the CMA’s first Stoss work, will serve as an anchor for our German collection. Beginning March 1, 2024, visitors can get their first glimpse in the gallery for German and Austrian Gothic Art (111).” [...]

The sculpture, an extraordinary new discovery in late Gothic sculpture, was part of an altarpiece in a church, possibly in Nuremberg, Germany, which showed the Tree of Jesse in the center. After 1812, the sculpture entered the collection of Prince Ludwig of Öttingen-Wallerstein (Germany, Bavaria). In 1998, it was bought by Rudigier Kunsthandlung, Munich, Germany. 

Sleeper Alert!

February 14 2024

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Picture: Vanderkindere

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

'X' (formerly Twitter) was awash with news about the following painting which was auctioned off at Vanderkindere in Belgium yesterday. The work catalogued as 'Flemish School, 16th century' achieved €202,000 over its €10,000 - €15,000 estimate.

Bergognone in Lodi

February 13 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

A new exhibition dedicated to the artist Ambrogio di Stefano da Fossano, called Bergognone (or Borgognone), has just opened in the Italian city of Lodi. The show entitled Religious Love has been organised on the 500th anniversary of the artist's death.

Van Eyck Restored at the Louvre

February 6 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Louvre in Paris will be opening an exhibition next month dedicated to Jan van Eyck's La Vierge et l'Enfant au chancelier Rolin. The painting has just been conserved as part of a wider technical examination project of the artist's works. Alongside the recently restored painting, visitors will be able to delve deeper into the paintings and its history, alongside viewing 60 other relevant paintings, drawings, manuscripts and sculpture brought together for the exhibition.

Museo Diocesano de Teruel redisplays and conserves 'Attributed to Michael Sittow' Work

February 5 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Regular readers will remember a painting 'Attributed to Michael Sittow' which was rediscovered in the Museo de Arte Sacro de Teruel back in 2021. The work has recently been conserved and redisplayed in the museum. Attempts have been made to look into the attribution of the picture, the results of which still under discussion (click on the article to read more).

Sassetta Exhibition in Massa Marittima

January 23 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Devotees to Italian gold ground painting will be sure to head to Massa Marittima in southern Tuscany later this spring. The Museo di San Pietro all'Orto will be opening an exhibition dedicated to Stefano di Giovanni di Consolo, known as il Sassetta (active by 1427; d. 1450) later in March. Press releases explain that 50 works by the artist and his contemporaries will be on display, including some newly conserved works from Italian parish churches and collections.

The show will run from 14th March until 14th July 2024.

Antonio Rossellino Conserved

January 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

News from Italy that a marble Madonna and Child by Antonio Rossellino has been conserved. The sculpture, originally deposited in the Church of San Domenico in Ferrara, will go on display in the city's Museo della Cattedrale from 22nd January. The project, first initiated in 2022, was undertaken by the conservator Fabio Bevilacqua.

Being a woman between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

January 9 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours are opening a very interesting sounding exhibition later this Spring. The Sceptre and the Distaff. Being a woman between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance (basic translation) aims to examine the place, role and image of women in society in the late middle ages through over a hundred paintings, sculptures, manuscripts, prints and everyday objects. The exhibition draws on loans from throughout France and is jointly organised with the Bibliothèque nationale de France and the Louvre.

The exhibition will run from 8th March until 17th June 2024.

UK Temporary Export Ban on Fra Angelico

January 9 2024

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Picture: Christie's

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Following on swiftly from the previous post, the UK Government has placed a temporary export ban on Fra Angelico's Crucifixion which realised £5,001,000 at Christie's London last July. UK institutions have until 7th April 2024 to help save the artwork for the nation.

According to the above press release:

Committee member Christopher Baker said: 

Fra Angelico was one of the great innovators in the evolution of early 15th-century Florentine art. This profoundly moving devotional work, with its delicate colour harmonies and deeply considered, expressive figures, demonstrates the enduring power of his achievement. It is an extraordinary rarity that assists with our understanding of a formative period in the artist’s career and in the development of Italian Renaissance painting more widely. Its appeal also extends far beyond such scholarship because of its numinous beauty.

Executed in tempera on a wooden panel, the painting retains its original frame and has been in Britain since the early 19th century. It would constitute a major addition to a UK public collection and every effort should be made if possible to acquire it.

Closer to Memling in Bruges

December 20 2023

Video: Musea Brugge

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Musea Brugge in Bruges has published a digital project on its website exploring high-definition images of paintings by Hans Memling (1430–1494). The Closer to Memling project allows visitors to the website to get closer than ever before with exquisite images of works in its collection and those in the Museum Sint-Janshospitaal. Anyway, it's now time to go and 'look into the eyes' of Sibylla Sambetha, I think!

Lorenzettis Soar!

December 15 2023

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Picture: tajan.com

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

As expected, the previously mentioned pair of Pietro Lorenzettis soared well past their estimates at Tajan this week. Saint Silvestre realised €3,034,800 over its €1.5m - €2m estimate and Sainte Hélène realised €1,657,600.00 over its €400k - €600k estimate.

Curiously, the following portrait catalogued as 'Circle of Arthur Devis' also achieved an impressive price of €81,344 over its €3,000 - €5,000 estimate. Perhaps someone has managed to crack the attribution?

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