Stolen Christ Church Painting Recovered in Romania

April 19 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Breaking news this morning that one of the three stolen old masters from the Christ Church Picture Gallery in Oxford has been recovered by police in Romania. Salvator Rosa's A Rocky Coast was stolen during the covid crisis back in 2020 and has recently been handed in to the authorities in Bucharest.

According to reports:

Romanian police were contacted by a man in possession of the Rosa painting, who had sold on the other two artworks in the country. [...]

The man chose to return the Rosa painting, which dates to the late 1640s, to the authorities and has been treated as a witness. He has not been arrested.

It was recovered by Thames Valley Police and the gallery's curator, Jacqueline Thalmann, in Bucharest last month. [...]

Thames Valley Police's Det Ch Insp James Mather said officers were working with Eurojust and Europol to gather further intelligence, including forensic analysis, into where the other two artworks were.

He said officers had a "significant forensic harvest" from the recovered painting, which now needs to be analysed.

But he said he was "optimistic" it could provide police with some lines of inquiry.

Quite incredible to imagine that these two masterpieces are floating around in Romania at present, I wonder how much the alleged 'witness' sold them for?

18th Century Masterpieces from the Uffizi in Shanghai

April 18 2024

Video: International Channel Shanghai

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Bund One Art Museum in Shanghai opened a new exhibition last week of 18th Century Masterpieces from the Uffizi in Florence. The show contains no fewer than 80 paintings including works by Francisco Goya, Canaletto, François Boucher, Jean-Baptiste Siméon Chardin, Bernardo Bellotto, Jean-Étienne Liotard, Giuseppe Maria Crespi and others.

The show will run until 25th August 2024.

Ruskin Drawings with Guy Peppiatt

April 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The London dealer Guy Peppiatt will be opening a selling exhibition of drawings by John Ruskin from a private collection in a few days' time. The display of 46 works will be on view in Mason's Yard, Duke Street, from 22nd April until 3rd May 2024. Click here to see the full catalogue of works.


Please do get in touch if there are any interesting dealer exhibition / catalogues that are worth featuring on the blog!

Free MET Talk on Mistakes, Fakes, and Second Takes

April 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

In case any readers in the US are looking for something to do in New York tomorrow evening, the Metropolitan Museum of Art are hosting a free talk with the fascinating title The Michael and Juliet Rubenstein Lectures on Connoisseurship—Drawing Connoisseurship from the Art Market to the British Museum: Mistakes, Fakes, and Second Takes.

According to the museum's website:

In the second Michael and Juliet Rubenstein Lecture on Connoisseurship, Hugo Chapman [Simon Sainsbury Keeper of Prints and Drawings, The British Museum] discusses how he fell under the spell of Raphael's drawings as a student, the ups and downs of working in an auction house, and the challenges of putting a name to every Italian drawing in the British Museum when the collection was digitized. Learn how connoisseurship has become a more collaborative exercise and how close looking can still yield surprising discoveries.

The talk will take place tomorrow (19th April 2024) between 6pm - 7pm local time.

Women Artists Installations at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts

April 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Montreal Museum of Fine Arts have organised a new series of installations in their galleries to draw attention to works by female artists (spotted via. @artherstory). Entitled Spotlight : Women Artists in the Early Modern European Art Collection, the displays promise to spark new conversations about 'what and who defines great art'.

According to their website:

Did you know women make up less than 1% of the named artists in the MMFA’s collection of historical European paintings, sculptures and works on paper? Most of their works have rarely, if ever, been exhibited at the Museum. [...]

Bringing together collection highlights, new acquisitions and never-exhibited works from storage, this presentation curated by Chloé M. Pelletier, Curator of European Art (before 1800), showcases women artists in the Museum’s permanent collection while questioning the value systems that kept them in the shadows for so long.

Greuze and Michelangelo Soar at Christie's

April 18 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

There were some encouraging results in yesterday's A Park Avenue Collection at Christie's New York.

Amongst the lots that soared was Greuze's A girl weeping over her dead bird (pictured), which realised $2,470,000 over its $600k - $800k estimate. It is worth having a good look at the painting on a big screen, and zooming into the beautifully preserved areas of impasto found throughout this picture - I'm sure it must have looked brilliant in the flesh!

Other works that soared included a charming Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun drawing of a Boy, which realised $176,400 over its $60k - $80k estimate, and a Veronese Adoration which made $352,800 over its $80k - $120k estimate.

Amongst the most surprising results was an enormous price made for a tiny scrap of paper featuring a rectangular block of marble drawn by Michelangelo. The object made $201,600 over its estimate of $6,000 - $8,000. I suppose for certain collectors this sort of thing might be like buying a clipped autograph on paper, of sorts.

Heemskerck Conserved and Decoupled

April 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Interesting news from the Netherlands that a conservation project on Maarten van Heemskerk's Saint Luke Painting the Madonna has recently been completed. The painting, now in the Frans Hals museum, was found to have been two separate paintings which were joined and overpainted at some point during the end of the sixteenth century (click on the link above the see the before image). The work was undertaken in preparation for an exhibition on the artist which opens in September.

Free Turner Lecture

April 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Paul Mellon Centre and the Turner Society are hosting a free lecture later this month on the subject of The City “Anchored in the Deep Ocean” Dickens, Turner and Venice

Here's a summary of the talk which will be presented by Professor Malcolm Andrews:

This lecture argues for affinities between Dickens’ prose evocation of Venice and Turner’s oils and watercolours of the city. In 1844, writing from there to a friend, Dickens confided that “I never saw the thing before that I should be afraid to describe. But to tell what Venice is, I feel to be an impossibility”. The same letter also invoked the Venetian paintings of Canaletto, Stanfield and Turner. Accordingly, in composing his Pictures from Italy (1846) Dickens gave a separate chapter to Venice, titled “An Italian Dream”, which shows a radical stylistic rupture from the broadly conventional travel narrative in the rest of the book.

The National Gallery are Hiring!

April 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery in London are hiring an Exhibitions Assistant.

According to the job description:

The National Gallery is seeking an Exhibitions Assistant to support the organisation and delivery of a range of exhibitions for our Trafalgar Square and Touring Exhibitions programme. Working concurrently on multiple projects, supporting different Exhibition Managers, you will need to be a highly organised, positive individual with a keen eye for detail. You will bring experience of working in a busy administrative role and can show yourself to be a calm, considerate and collaborative team member with the ability to work well with departments across the Gallery as well as with a number of external stakeholders.

The job comes with an annual salary of £28,655* and applications must be in by 26th April 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!


* - Considering the salaries of the (albeit more senior) jobs I've posted here recently, this amount feels a little depressing indeed.

More Upcoming July Sale Paintings

April 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Watchers of the Art Council's 'Private Treaty Sales' page will have spotted several Old Master Paintings which will be included in the upcoming London sales in July. This includes the following portrait 'Attributed to Joos van Cleve', descending from the Alfred Morrison collection, coming up at Christie's. Three other paintings from the collection of the Earl of Harewood are also present, including a fine John Singer Sargent view of the interior of the Doge's Palace, an Alfred Munnings and an Italian Cassone panel.

Catharina van Hemessen (?) Unveiled in Cincinnati

April 17 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Curious news from Cincinnati that a private collector has loaned a purportedly rediscovered religious work by Catharina van Hemessen to the city's University library for a special exhibition entitled Rediscovering Catharina van Hemessen’s Scourging of Christ: Women Artists, Patrons, and Rulers in Renaissance Europe. The signed work (see above) was brought to the university's attention after technical analysis was undertaken on it by a conservator.

According to the article linked above:

Before the painting landed in Cincinnati, it was briefly displayed in Detroit. The painting's frame reads "collection of E. Raymond Field," a previous owner, and "Exhibited Detroit Institute of Arts."

The exhibition in Detroit was one of only two times in the last 50 to 75 years the "Scourging of Christ" was publicly displayed, [Chris] Platts said.

"Most people don't even know it exists because it's not on public display. It's not in a lot of the Hemmesen books and articles," he said.

"So curators who are doing a show on famous Renaissance women or Baroque women artists wouldn't even know about its existence, or if they do, they wouldn't know where to find it," he added. "That's what makes it special to have it here."

The painting will be on display until 30th April 2024, and it appears that no other comments from other Italian paintings experts have been supplied.

The NGA Washington are Hiring!

April 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery of Art in Washington DC are hiring a Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings.

According to the job description:

The National Gallery seeks a dynamic and motivational senior curator to lead its renowned prints and drawings division. The new Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings will join the National Gallery at a transformative moment in its history as it implements a reinvigorated mission, vision, values, and strategic priorities that center diversity, equity, access, and inclusion in all its work. The position is a remarkable opportunity for a creative scholar interested in activating the art of the past and present for contemporary audiences. [...]

The Andrew W. Mellon Senior Curator of Prints and Drawings plays a vital leadership role at the National Gallery and is one of four senior curators reporting to the Chief Curatorial and Conservation Officer (CCCO). The new curator will galvanize and direct the activities of the prints and drawings division to conceive and implement innovative, forward-thinking and audience-centered curatorial strategies, scholarship, and public service. The incumbent will be committed to diversity, equity, access, and inclusivity (DEAI) principles as they impact scholarship, collections development, staff management, and audience engagement. The three other senior curators oversee respective curatorial departments of European and American art, modern and contemporary art, and photographs. Together with the Chief of Conservation and Chief Registrar, the four senior curators serve the CCCO as a key leadership team to help manage and direct the curatorial and conservation division by advancing the National Gallery’s mission, vision, and values.

The job comes with an annual salary between $175,000 and $221,000 (!), and no deadline for applications has been published.

Good luck if you're applying!

Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt at The Frick Pittsburgh

April 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Frick Pittsburgh, the location of the Frick family's residence in Pennsylvania, have just opened a special display of artworks reuniting collections amassed by Henry Clay Frick and his daughter Helen Clay Frick. This has been possible due to the closure of The Frick Collection in New York, which is due to reopen in the autumn of 2024.

According to the blurb on the museum's website:

The Frick Pittsburgh partners with New York-based The Frick Collection for the first time to unite the collections of 19th-century industrialist Henry Clay Frick and his daughter, philanthropist Helen Clay Frick. Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt: Forging the Frick Collections in Pittsburgh & New York explores the Fricks' shared passion for art collecting, how their iconic acquisitions shaped the museums they established, and how we define great art today.

Vermeer, Monet, Rembrandt features awe-inspiring masterworks, including works by Titian, Rembrandt, Monet, Degas, Whistler, El Greco, Ingres, and Vermeer—one of only 36 known works by the artist in the world. The exhibition marks a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to see artworks from these two extraordinary collections alongside—and in some cases reunited with—one another.

The show will run until 14th July 2024.

Naples in Bergamo: 17th century painting in the De Vito collection and in the city

April 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Accademia Carrara will be opening an exhibition next week dedicated to examining the artistic connections between Naples and Bergamo during the 17th century. The display will feature many loans from the Fondazione Giuseppe e Margaret De Vito, of which more can be read about here.

According to the blurb on their website:

Napoli in Bergamo explores the wonders of painting in between Naturalism and Baroque, its excesses and contradictions through more than forty pieces of art, with custom made restorations and new research. The core of paintings, from the Fondazione Giuseppe e Margaret De Vito, is complemented by unpublished canvases from the Accademia Carrara collection and works on loan from churches in the city and the Bergamo area.

The exhibition takes into consideration the production going from an early Neapolitan follower of Caravaggio, Battistello Caracciolo (1578 – 1635), to the Classicism of Massimo Stanzione (1585 – 1656), from the Tenebrismo of Jusepe de Ribera (1591 – 1652) to the grandeur of Baroque painting by Mattia Preti (1613 – 1699), Luca Giordano – present with more than twenty works – and his pupil Nicola Malinconico.

The show will run from 23rd April until 1st September 2024.

The Courtauld are Hiring!

April 16 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Courtauld Institute of Art in London are hiring a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader in the History of the Art Market.

According to the job description:

The Courtauld is seeking to appoint a Lecturer/Senior Lecturer/Reader (equivalent to Assistant or Associate Professor) with a specialist knowledge of the history of the art market.  Applications are welcomed from those with a scholarly expertise in any aspect of the art market from the early modern period to the late twentieth century, but who also have a broader knowledge of the histories of art markets both in the UK and internationally. We are seeking candidates who will engage with and drive forward debate and scholarship, who will critically engage with current issues and debates in the field, and whose research is of world-class quality.

Working with a specialist on today’s art market, the post-holder will make a leading contribution to the design and delivery of a new MA in Art and Business at The Courtauld, which will launch in September 2025. This MA will aim to be the leading postgraduate programme in the subject, equipping students with the skills and knowledge they need to succeed in the contemporary art world.

The job comes with an annual salary starting from £50,942 and applications must be in by 2nd May 2024.

Good luck if you're applying!

Foschi Transfiguration Restored

April 15 2024

Video: Firenze Fuori

Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

Pier Francesco Foschi's Transfiguration, preserved in the Basilica di Santo Spirito in Florence, has been conserved. The work was undertaken by Kyoko Nakahara and Francesca Brogi in collaboration with the Bottega d'arte Maselli.

Getty Acquires Portrait by Sophie Frémiet

April 15 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakeiwicz:

The J. Paul Getty Museum have announced their acquisition of a Portrait of a Lady by the female artist Sophie Frémiet (1797–1867). The work was acquired from the dealers Robilant + Voena, who had presumably purchased the painting at Christie's New York earlier in May 2023 where it was offered as 'Attributed to'.

According to the museum's press release:

Portrait of a Woman is believed to be one of two ambitious, full-length portraits the artist exhibited at the 1818 Salon in Brussels, her public debut at just 21 years old. A talented pupil of the neoclassical painter Jacques-Louis David, then the most celebrated painter in Europe, Fremiet’s Portrait of a Woman shows how thoroughly she had mastered David’s style, while highlighting her own particular talents in the rendering of different fabrics and materials.

Aroung the same time that Fremiet painted Portrait of a Woman, David tasked her with creating a copy of his The Farewell of Telemachus and Eucharis, which he declared was so skillfully executed that it appeared indistinguishable from his original. She continued to impress David and critics at the various Salons where she exhibited her portraits, historical scenes, and mythological compositions like La Belle Anthia. Upon seeing the last work, a fellow mentee of David wrote to him that Fremiet was “a woman only in clothing but a man by her merit.” While pejorative today, this comment legitimized her in the eyes of her male peers.

Tiepolo Drawings in Paris

April 15 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The Beaux-Arts de Paris opened their latest drawings exhibition at the end of last month. The Tiepolos, invention and virtuosity in Venice brings together drawings and etchings by Giambattista Tiepolo and his two sons.

According to the blurb on the website:

The Beaux-Arts de Paris owns a remarkable collection of ten works by Giambattista Tiepolo (1696-1770), making it the second-largest public collection of the artist's drawings in France. Above all, this collection is the only one in France to include drawings not only by Giambattista, but also by his two painter sons, Giandomenico (1727-1804) and Lorenzo (1736-1776), as well as another of Tiepolo's assistants in the 1730s, Giovanni Raggi. This collection alone provides an overview of graphic practices within the family and the studio.

The study of these sheets and prints, combined with works by other artists - sources of inspiration such as Rembrandt, masters such as Piazzetta, and contemporaries such as Canaletto, Guardi and Novelli - highlights the great modernity of their art. This is particularly evident in their ability to produce variations on the same theme, both in traditional religious and mythological subjects and in figure studies, particularly caricatures, as well as scenes from Venetian life. The exhibition also explores the relationship between the father and his sons, and the work within a family of artists.

The show will run until 30th 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.

National Gallery's Travelling Exhibitions seen by over 1 million in Asia

April 15 2024

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Posted by Adam Busiakiewicz:

The National Gallery in London has shared news that its recent travelling exhibition Botticelli to Van Gogh: Masterpieces from The National Gallery, London has been visited by over 1 million people across Asia so far. The first stops for the exhibition had been in Shanghai and Seoul, with its recent leg in Hong Kong having ended last week.

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