Martin Bailey

London's Van Gogh self-portraits show is coming—here are my six favourite paintings

The Courtauld exhibition will be the first ever with works from Vincent’s full career, opening on 3 February

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A surreal encounter between Salvador Dalí and Sigmund Freud is the topic of a new Viennese show

The Lower Belvedere exhibition will explore how the Spanish artist's work was influenced by the inventor of psychoanalysis

The mind-blowing Van Gogh gallery that never was

What happened to the 1923 plan for a Grand Museum to house the collection of Helene Kröller-Müller

New York’s Metropolitan Museum buys four extremely rare Van Gogh prints

Vincent wanted to sell the set for under a dollar as “art for the people”—the museum will have paid several million

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Van Gogh back on the road: major exhibitions coming in 2022

With shows in London, Vienna, four American cities and of course Amsterdam—I choose the highlight of the year

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A flying visitation: presence of life-size insect in Dürer painting puzzles experts

Early copy of The Feast of the Rose Garlands in National Gallery exhibition includes a fly on the lap of the Virgin

Ethiopia's oldest icon may be the work of an Italian master

An artist from Siena could have travelled to Africa in the 14th century to create triptych, which is in a remote monastery in northern Ethiopia

What a year for Van Gogh: surprise discoveries, record prices and a boom in immersive experiences

From insects trapped in paint and Vincent's support of a brass band to the scene depicted in his final picture—plus it was suicide (not murder)

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From NFTs to LFTs: 2021's biggest art stories—and what they mean

The Art Newspaper team picks apart this year’s most important developments, from demands for colonial restitution to the return of culture wars

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Van Gogh gets a facelift: conservation of self-portrait to be revealed in London

The Kröller-Müller Museum painting will be unveiled in the Courtauld Gallery’s exhibition

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Rijksmuseum discovers 'the genesis' of Rembrandt’s Night Watch

Original sketch has been revealed beneath the paint, shedding light on the Dutch master's intention—but worrying deterioration of the famous picture has also been found

Golden hats, celestial discs and circles of wood and stone: British Museum reveals treasures in Stonehenge show

Exhibition 'The World of Stonehenge'—opening in February 2022—presents the site in the context of Bronze Age Europe

The secret behind Van Gogh’s satirical herring still life: they represent policemen

Vincent told his artist friend Paul Signac that the fish stood for the gendarmes who hassled him after he mutilated his ear

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Biggest ever Vermeer show to take place at the Rijksmuseum in 2023—and it will include the Girl with the Pearl Earring

The Amsterdam museum will rival the Mauritshuis's 1996 exhibition by bringing together more than 23 of the Dutch master's rare paintings

Revealed: Larry Ellison, the world’s seventh richest person, has collected at least four Van Goghs

The Oracle Corporation co-founder owns the painting that hung above J.F. Kennedy’s hotel bed on the morning of his assassination—and the president’s final telephone call was about Van Gogh

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Declassified: secret papers reveal UK government's stance on Parthenon Marbles dispute

Newly released documents from the 1990s state: "This is an issue on which we can never win"

Big money, new collectors: the low-down on the New York auctions

Plus, Fabergé in London and a rediscovered Dürer

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Van Gogh and friends: new show in Ohio puts Vincent alongside masters such as Rembrandt, Hokusai and Monet

But is it one exhibition or two? Surprisingly, Through Vincent’s Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources will be quite different when it travels next year to California

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Four Van Goghs go for $161m in one evening in New York—double their Christie’s estimates

For the artist who failed to sell during his lifetime, there is now a surge in the market for Vincent’s late paintings

Prado museum downgrades Leonardo's $450m Salvator Mundi in exhibition catalogue

Publication for Mona Lisa show puts the painting in category of works that are attributed to, or authorised or supervised by the Renaissance master

Running at 7%: Tate Modern's visitors slumped from 5.7 million at its peak to just 361,000 in 2020/21

Annual financial accounts show extent of fall in visitor numbers at national museums

London’s National Gallery reveals slavery history in new research—including its founder’s ties to Caribbean

The data, published today, found 67 individuals connected to the slave trade including John Julius Angerstein who helped to establish the museum's collection

The astonishing survival of the farmhouse depicted in Van Gogh’s newly unveiled watercolour

Vincent’s picture of wheatstacks is coming up at Christie’s on 11 November—yours for around $25m

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Van Gogh’s favourite artists: how did they influence his own work?

Steven Naifeh, co-author of the best-selling biography, writes about the painters Vincent admired—and collects their pictures

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Fragonard’s The Swing has been restored—and it's saucier than ever

The great Rococo painting in the Wallace Collection in London has been cleaned, revealing some mischievous details

Ancient gold ewer returned to Turkey after V&A expert links it to illicit antiquities trade

The piece was part of the Gilbert Collection which is not bound by the same legal restrictions around deaccessioning as the London museum

Another insect discovered in a Van Gogh painting—and this time it has left behind a trail

Show opening in Dallas and travelling to Amsterdam reveals findings from three-year international research project into Vincent's olive grove pictures

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Very dishy: small bowl in British Museum revealed to be extremely rare Chinese imperial ceramic

Previously thought to be Korean, the brush washer has been newly identified as being nearly 1,000 years old and manufactured at the imperial Ru kiln

Stunning $30m Van Gogh watercolour resurfaces at Christie’s New York following complex behind-the-scenes deal

The auction house—which estimates the painting at $30m—helped broker a deal between the seller and the descendants of two Jewish families who had it in the Nazi era

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