Bendor Grosvenor

Bendor Grosvenor is an art historian and broadcaster


The public deserves to see restorations laid bare

London's National Gallery and the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam are both documenting repairs of major works—plus a personal conservation confession

Tate, WTF is up with you using Wikipedia?

Once an expert authority on Van Dyck, the museum now has nothing more to say about him than a link to an unverified website

Criminal thoughts about a Rubens portrait and watching Nanette on my summer art detox

Rubens’s portrait of his daughter Clara Serena gave me the urge to steal a painting

Diary of an art historian: at last, some common sense for the abolition of image fees

Birmingham Museums Trust takes the lead and places images in the public domain, but who will follow?

Do not allow art to cleanse crimes

The art world has yet to tackle issues around works like Picasso’s $115m child-prostitute portrait

Design or colour? Look to Titian

A shoestring trip to La Serenissima—and a thumbs-up for Simon Schama

Are Old Masters old fashioned?

How to bring new audiences to older art displays

The National Gallery’s issue of trust

I only found out by accident how well off the museum really is

Lessons in collecting from the court of Charles I

He relied on advisers such as Van Dyck to guide his acquisitions. How different is the art of connoisseurship today?

How abolishing museum image fees could boost audiences

New research shows that image licensing is barely profitable for some UK museums


Podcast episode 16: Charles I at the Royal Academy—an exhibition fit for a king

We pick apart the latest smash hit show to open in London with art historian Bendor Grosvenor, then complete our 2018 preview with a look at the big exhibitions coming to the US this year

Hosted by Ben Luke. , with guests Bendor Grosvenor, Jori Finkel and Helen Stoilas. Produced by Julia Michalska and David Clack

How to identify a wreck

Better public understanding of condition requires greater access to digital images

Re-discoveries lead London Old Master auctions

New £7.3m record for Joseph Wright of Derby painting tops December sales in London

The reproduction fee hustle

Museums’ licensing demands are a pernicious tax on scholarship

London poised to regain Old Master crown from New York

Sotheby’s offers its most valuable Old Master sale in London, and a Guardi painting at Christie’s could break records


How to spot a knackered picture

As collector's flock to Maastricht for Tefaf, here is our guide to recognising a painting's hidden qualities

Local collections should be nationalised to halt sell-offs

A stroke of a ministerial pen saved Liverpool’s collections 35 years ago—the same needs to happen again

Goya, Constable and Brueghel headline Old Master auctions in London

Tefaf New York proved there is life in the market—can this week's sales do the same?

Object lessons: best of London's Old Master auctions

From a poetic Claude landscape to Rubens's masterpiece depicting biblical incest, here's our pick of this week's sales

Brexit: “We have chosen the way of Hogarth over Turner”

Bendor Grosvenor says Britain leaving the European Union could be costly for the arts and art market


There's life in the Old Masters yet, as recent sales show

As Tefaf Maastricht prepares to open its doors, Bendor Grosvenor debunks the myth that the market is dying


Sexy, spotless and sure: the three golden rules of desire

As far as a painting’s hammer price is concerned, other, less noble considerations matter a great deal more than the picture’s intrinsic quality

Slim pickings from Old Masters sales in a lukewarm London

Most of the consignments this season were really not up to scratch, with Christie’s, in particular, taking something of a beating


Flattering portrait of Henry VIII helps Sotheby’s dominate Old Master auctions

Work from Hans Holbein’s studio was a highlight of London’s sale season

Surfacing on the market: Henry after Holbein

Sotheby’s, London, Old Master and British Paintings Evening Sale, 8 July

Why La Serenissima is painting’s spiritual home

These five masterpieces, still in the Venetian spaces they originally filled, mark a watershed in Western painting


Ickworth House revisited: a stately home stripped bare

Why the National Trust's strategy of decluttering grand interiors is deeply flawed