Museum buys third van Gogh in 3 years

The Dutch Noordbrabants Museum announced today, it bought its third van Gogh painting in three years. In 2016, the museum bought a work showing the vicarage garden in Nuenen, dating from 1885. Last year, it bought a painting of a local watermill, dating from 1884.
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The rediscovered painting by Pieter Pourbus

Pieter Pourbus is being rediscovered as important Flemish painter, thanks to the exhibition organized by Bruges’ Groeningenmuseum and Museum Gouda. This exhibition is currently to be found at the museum in Gouda.

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Exhibition: a less familiar side of Jan Steen

Mention Jan Steen and everybody starts talking about the young girl with oysters, his rowdy family scenes, his ‘Mayor of Delft’ portrait. Nobody will mention a religious painting by Steen, or a work based on some Greek or Roman myth. The current exhibition at the Mauritshuis shows a less familiar side of Jan Steen.

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And the latest re-attributed painting is …

The Fries Museum is not the only museum reporting a painting has been re-attributed. The Hague’s Mauritshuis and Antwerp’s Royal Museum of Fine Arts just notified press about their latest research results.

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European Capital of Culture causes re-attribution of painting

Last month, Leeuwarden started its year as European Capital of Culture? One of the unforeseen results and surprises so far: a re-attribution of a famous painting. The portrait shows Saskia Uylenburgh.

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The World of Pyke Koch in Utrecht

Utrecht’s Centraal Museum has an interesting exhibition called “The World of Pyke Koch” till the 18th of March 2018. Pyke Koch was an important Dutch member of a group of artists creating ‘magic realistic’ works. In literature and art, the genre focuses on realistic situations which include magical, mythical elements.

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The removed Waterhouse painting

Yes, I have temporarily changed the header of this blog. It is in protest against the removal of this Waterhouse painting from a museum wall. The museum claimed this was done in relation to the #MeToo movement and to promote a ‘discussion’ on female nudity in art.

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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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