Van Gogh’s “Watermill at Coll”

The Noordbrabants Museum at Den Bosch, the Netherlands, recently bought a van Gogh painting at a New York auction. In December 2017, its newly acquired “Watermill at Coll” was shown to an eager museum public for the first time. The painting will become part of a permanent exhibition at this Dutch museum.

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Higher than predicted: a shocking $450 million!

By now, everybody interested knows the Leonardo da Vinci painting sold for a shocking $450 million. Who bought the painting remains a mystery at the moment. More has come to light why the painting’s former owner, Dmitry Rybolovlev, might have decided to have da Vinci’s ‘Salvator Mundi’ auctioned.

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No joke!

Imagine, looking at a painting through a microscope and … a dead monster pops up! No: no joke! It happened to a curator while poring over olive trees, painted by Vincent van Gogh.

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A Renoire?

Doubts were already raised in 2014 – and earlier. Now whole collection is tainted.


When I heard it, I simply couldn’t help laughing. In between the denials, then admittance by the White House, Trump lied about the call to the widow – it lightened the mood.

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A detective story unfolds, as a painting returns home

Peter van den Brink is pretty pleased. He is director of the Suermondt-Ludwig-Museum in Aachen, Germany. From Monday 10th of July 2017, his museum is able to exhibit a painting which has returned home.  Continue reading

Soon to be admired: Clara Peeters at the Mauritshuis

The Mauritshuis Museum The Hague, likes to claim it offers wonderful new temporary exhibitions. Perhaps, if you read my blog posts during 2016, the name Clara Peeters jogs your memory? The Mauritshuis recently announced their spring temporary exhibition, which will open next month, focuses on still-lives including those by Clara Peeters.

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Painting like a pro – kind of

Staying a weekend with friends, after joining a “Teekentour” at the  Rijksmuseum Amsterdam, the next challenge was a portrait painting workshop. This workshop was offered at another Dutch museum.
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To be admired: David Bowie’s Tintoretto

David Bowie’s only Tintoretto, a painting which was one of the first he bought for his art collection, was recently auctioned at Sotheby’s. An anonymous art collector bought it for  £191,000. The Antwerp Rubenshuis museum announced today, the collector who bought it, has arranged for this painting to be loaned to the museum.

Tintoretto’s altar piece “Saint Catherine” will hang in Rubens’ former home from spring 2017 onwards. Tintoretto was commissioned to paint the work for the Venetian church of San Geminiano, located at the Piazza San Marco, in 1570.

The loan is “intended to honor Bowie’s life-long love of and generosity towards museums and cultural institutions.” Though Rubens admired and was influenced by Tintoretto and Italian contemporaries, the museum has no works by these masters in its own collection. Interesting additional fact is, that Rubens’ pupil Anthony van Dyck even made a drawing of this particular painting during a stay in Italy.

It is not yet known from which exact date this painting can be admired at the museum.

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Sotheby’s description for the 11th November auction

Two works van Gogh recovered

Two van Gogh paintings have been recovered by Italian police. Both works were stolen from the Amsterdam van Gogh Museum 14 years ago. In 2003, two men convicted of the crime denied involvement and claimed they had been framed.  Continue reading

“Verso”: a room full of fakes

On reading the pre-announcements and advertising blurb before this exhibition opened, I raised an eyebrow. Was the Mauritshuis Museum’s modern art exhibition “Verso” worth a visit? Would it fascinate friends?

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