Two murders helped Gainsborough’s career

Does not sound pretty, but research unearthed new information about Thomas Gainsborough’s early career. It seems, two murders within the Gainsborough family helped him getting apprenticed to a London artist.

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He’s done it again: another Rembrandt

After revealing his discovery of the intriguing portrait of Rembrandt’s “Young Gentleman”,  it seems Jan Six has done it again! Dutch media fell over each other today, reporting he had discovered another Rembrandt!

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Highly entertaining: Kamagurkistan

“Kamagurkistan” is a “country” currently located inside the NoordBrabants Museum in Den Bosch. A visit is highly recommended; provided, visitors meet certain requirements.

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Rembrandt House Museum obtains a Degas and a Manet

Later this month, a new exhibition will open at Amsterdam’s Rembrandt House Museum. The museum announced a few hours ago, it obtained two new works for its collection. These will be shown in the yet-to-open “Rembrandt in Paris” exhibition.

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Exhibition “Pure Rubens” now at Rotterdam’s Boijmans museum

Visitors to Rotterdam’s Boijmans van Beuningen museum are treated to a “blockbuster” exhibition, which opened last weekend. The Prado Museum showed “Pure Rubens” till early August. Now the exhibition is on show at the Rotterdam museum.

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Book review: Daniel Kehlmann’s “Ich und Kaminski”

Daniel Kehlmann’s “Ich und Kaminski” appeared over ten years ago. By now, it has been translated into English and other languages. As happens with very successful books: it was turned into a film as well. Worth reading?

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A Leonardo da Vinci replica

The Utrecht Early Music Festival closed with delightful concerts, delicious workshops, lectures, as well as its traditional market. The market draws crowds interested in early music CDs, sheet music and replicas of musical instruments. I was on my way to admire harps and harpsichords, when I stopped in my tracks: what on earth was that?

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Book review: Andrea Camilleri on Caravaggio’s last years

Someone had mentioned Andrea Camilleri’s thrillers and how popular this Italian author is. Being unfamiliar with the author and his books, I trotted off to a local library. Fortunately, it offered two translations. The slimmest was about Caravaggio; ensuring I chose it.

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Eagle-eyed archeologists discover “eagle-bowl”

Dutch eagle-eyed archeologists discovered a few fragments during an excavation in 2016. The bronze fragments were found about 60 cm deep. They showed some kind of feather pattern.

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Up in smoke

Some international media continue to report, the fire is still raging. Others state the collection of the Brazilian National Museum has gone up in smoke. The collection numbered over 20 million objects.

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