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.
The painting is by Pissarro and shows a woman bringing in sheep. Her home may be one of the small red and white buildings in the back. The sheep or lambs, may end up next door. Continue reading
Last year, Canadian walkers discovered an interesting object along the shore of a lake in British Columbia. The object was so interesting, they contacted an archaeologist. Soon, more archaeologists and experts studied the fascinating discovery.
He collected some impressive titles, including King of Poland, Grand Duke of Lithuania, King of France. When young, he was not just his mother’s favourite. He was also a bit of a rebel, calling himself “a little Huguenot” and apparently “even bit the nose off a statue of Saint Paul”.
The UK’s Guardian reports, a painting which was stolen – and not even missed by its museum – has been returned! It is a copy of the world’s most expensive painting. Don’t know about you, but even if I had a very bad copy of a Leonardo painting, I’d miss it!
Most people remember the Stasi from films or books as the nasty security service of East Germany, or the DDR. But the Stasi not only spied. It also carried out ‘projects’ like Aktion Licht: looting and confiscating valuables from East German banks.
It helps if you like dogs; or like a lark. For the photos exhibited in “Being Human” show dogs pretending to be … you, your friends, acquaintance and other human beings.
European media published a story on art crime, first reported by the German Die Zeit today. Art in Berlin museums is under attack. Some journalists think the attacks may be linked to a new “Attila the Hun”.
Various art and antique magazines as well as papers were concerned about the threat COVID19 was for cultural venues and groups. During the first wave, predictions were bleak and the number of victims expected to be high. Lockdowns throughout Europe were expected to force closures, not just for a lockdown but for ever. Continue reading