Some folks discover paintings in bins? Others have paintings dropping off walls. You maybe, I for certain and a Roman family in 2016 too. In the case of the Roman family, the dropped work became the sensation of a special symposium hosted by the Fondazione Patrimonio Italia and French Academy at the Villa Medici, in Rome.
Honestly, no joke: do you know these men? Or rather, these two portraits? Not from recent newspaper or magazine articles: the two paintings were found over a month ago. German police requests information. The story behind this request?
With some countries relaxing COVID measures, perhaps you are lucky enough visiting Amsterdam for a weekend break or longer stay? If so, take time to visit or revisit its Rijksmuseum. It exhibits Rembrandt’s Night Watch as Rembrandt intended it to look, for the first time in three centuries.
A while ago, a post on the Guardian website, written by Kim Willsher caught my eye. The University of Oklahoma and an 81-year-old French Nazi-survivor battled over a painting which rightfully belonged to her? Earlier this week, the 81-year-old woman announced she gave up her battle. A university and bunch of lawyers had finally bullied her into submission.
Apparently, it took French president Macron several weeks to decide. Today, a new director for the Louvre was officially appointed. Important detail: the Louvre now has its first Presidente in over 225 years!
Tuesday 18th of May 2021, the Amsterdam Rijksmuseum opened an important exhibition on slavery. Only schoolchildren will be allowed to visit in person – for Dutch museums remain closed for the time being. However, the museum has provided links to this exhibition so people all over the world can have a look, read on:
When Keepmoat Homes employed archaeologists, bet it thought only some shards of tiles, pots, pans might be discovered. Instead, the firm had to alter its plans for a series of high-end des res, to preserve remains of what some consider an earlier, high-end desirable residence.
If you follow my blog, you may remember I posted something on a bold theft of a van Gogh painting last year? A few months later, this sad news was followed by another post about art theft. This time, works were stolen from an Almshouse in Leerdam.
Sotheby’s had expected Scène de Rue à Montmartre to sell for roughly 5 million euro? Van Gogh’s scene of a street in Montmartre, painted in 1887, fetched 13 million euros.
Ever visited Holy Trinity Church in Stratford-upon-Avon? If you are a Shakespeare fan or English lit student, this is a must-visit place. Shakespeare was baptised, married and buried in this church. Now, there is even more reason to pay a visit.