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Diary of an art historian

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

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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

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Diary of an art historian

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?

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Diary of an art historian

Do not allow art to cleanse crimes

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

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Design or colour? Look to Titian

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

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Diary of an art historian

Are Old Masters old fashioned?

How to bring new audiences to older art displays

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The National Gallery’s issue of trust

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

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TEFAF Maastricht 2018

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?

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How abolishing museum image fees could boost audiences

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

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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

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Diary of an art historian

Stop reading, start looking: today’s art history students are not getting a grounding in connoisseurship skills

When I put an image of a well-known Titian on the screen, only one of 40 could identify the artist

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How to identify a wreck

Better public understanding of condition requires greater access to digital images

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Art market

Re-discoveries lead London Old Master auctions

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

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The reproduction fee hustle

Museums’ licensing demands are a pernicious tax on scholarship

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Auctions

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

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Fairs

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

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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