Martin Bailey

Tests reveal secrets of four Vermeer paintings—including their authenticity—in Washington, DC show

The National Gallery of Art has carried out scientific tests on the works, finding fascinating discoveries beneath the paint

Ghostly self-portrait of Van Gogh discovered on the back of his painting of a peasant

The x-ray will be displayed in a lightbox in the forthcoming exhibition A Taste for Impressionism at National Galleries of Scotland

'Tate capitulated to my legal demand': donor of disputed Francis Bacon archive responds to museum's return of collection

Barry Joule disputes gallery’s claim that trove of sketches and documents, which he donated, was "unsuitable for retention"

Victoria and Albert Museum returns—and reattaches—a third-century marble head of Greek god taken from Turkey

The head of Eros—which has been held by the London institution for 90 years—has been reunited with its sarcophagus at the Istanbul Archaeological Museum

London's 'spectacular' 2024 Van Gogh show will focus on the artist’s greatest period—we delve into the details

“Van Gogh: Poets and Lovers” at the National Gallery will be presented in themes, tracing the story of his stay in Provence

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Revealed: London's National Gallery will stage a Van Gogh blockbuster as part of its 2024 bicentenary celebrations

Star loans include The Bedroom, Garden of the Asylum and—of course—the exhibition will show the museum's own Sunflowers

Francis Bacon: why Tate returned a 1,000-piece archive

Plus, US photographer of queer women, Alice Austen; and Michel Majerus at Art Basel

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'Closer to Vincent': the secrets of everyday objects in Van Gogh’s paintings

A book and exhibition will reveal surprising facts about some of the artist’s best-loved motifs

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Moving Michelangelo and hauling Holbein: renovation headache for London's National Gallery

A bicentenary renovation project makes the London museum play a tricky game of musical chairs with its collection

New research sheds light on Van Gogh’s problems with Gauguin, as revealed by the paintings of their favourite chairs

And why was “Vincent’s Chair” sold to London’s National Gallery in the 1920s, while “Gauguin’s Chair” was hidden away?

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Tate to return Francis Bacon archive—once valued at £20m—to donor who was close friend of the artist

A thousand documents and sketches from the Barry Joule collection to be deaccessioned by London museum over attribution doubts

Ukraine misses out on UK cultural protection money

British Council has so far failed to get extra emergency funding to save ravaged heritage

Why did Van Gogh fail to sell his work?

Although his paintings now fetch millions, during his lifetime he perhaps ended up pricing them too high

Dulwich Picture Gallery latest to drop Sackler name

The London gallery has quietly stopped describing its head, Jennifer Scott, as 'the Sackler Director'

Awardsnews

Cornelia Parker, Isaac Julien and Chila Burman among UK arts figures awarded in Queen's Birthday Honours

Three cultural figures have been appointed Companions of Honour, the highest award, including the art critic Marina Warner

Seized antiquities sent from Ukraine to go on show at British Museum

Hoard of medieval metalwork had been illegally mailed to the UK, and will be sent to Kyiv museum when safe to do so

How Queen Elizabeth II opened the Royal Collection to the world of international loans and art history

Over seven decades in charge of one of the world's greatest art collections, the British sovereign has prioritised public access, conservation and inventorying

Russian Fabergé treasures from V&A show still being held in UK because of sanctions over Ukraine

Among the pieces are the first Fabergé Egg and a golden cigarette box made for the Rothschild family, which were both acquired by the oligarch Viktor Vekselberg

The Marcos art mystery: with a new Philippines president, we ask what happened to the family's Van Gogh?

Ferdinand Marcos, the former president, and his wife Imelda owned one of Vincent’s peasant scenes. Did it end up in Japan?

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Could one of these lost Van Goghs—which disappeared during the Nazi period—be hidden in your attic?

These five missing paintings might still survive—possibly looted and secreted away

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What will happen to sanctioned Russian oligarch’s Fabergé treasure, now V&A's show has closed?

The return of the Easter Egg on loan to the UK from Viktor Vekselberg’s Panamanian company could well now be complicated

Was UK museum's Courbet landscape stolen in Nazi-occupied France for Hitler’s deputy?

Now in Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum, a restitution claim for the work has been submitted to the Spoliation Advisory Panel

Kyiv museum curators bravely criticise war by telling stories of its collection's historic objects

Online articles by staff at the National Museum of the History of Ukraine show how items resonate with the war-torn country

A rare Van Gogh letter about the Sunflowers will go on display

Vincent’s note to his artist friend Emile Bernard is to be included in an exhibition of the Springer Collection at Madrid’s Thyssen Museum

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'The apple of my eye': New Cezanne show in London and Chicago includes still life once owned and loved by Gauguin

Retrospective opens at the Art Institute of Chicago this month and travels to Tate in October

The ten most expensive Vincent van Gogh paintings

Of course Sunflowers is included, along with some surprises—and another on the way

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