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Johannes Vermeer

Unknown masterpiece? Picture 'likely' based on lost Vermeer to be unveiled in Antwerp

A Young Woman with a Wine Glass and a Musician playing a Tenor Recorder could be a copy of a work by the great Dutch painter

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Antiquities & Archaeology

How Germany’s 4,000-year-old answer to Stonehenge shows that Brexit is 'nonsense'

Pömmelte, sacred site that was used by the ancient Unetice culture, is opening up to tourists

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Discoveries

Cache of Russian avant-garde works surfaces in regional museum's basement

Art historian Andrey Sarabyanov is planning a new exhibition of forgotten pieces by Kandinsky, Rodchenko and Stepanova

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Relics in Kent church are remains of 1,400-year old Anglo Saxon princess, carbon dating suggests

If confirmed, Eanswythe's bones are the earliest identified remains of an English saint

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Discoveries

Unknown Dürer drawing to be sold by London dealer

One of very few examples in private hands, the work from an American collection is coming to the market via Agnews

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Newly attributed Artemisia Gentileschi painting of David and Goliath revealed in London

Restored work—with “Artemisia” signature—will be shown by conservation studio during major National Gallery exhibition

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Claude Monet

Monet for nothing: Musée Marmottan’s ‘self-portrait’ is downgraded

After a long-running debate, the picture, going on show at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam today, has been attributed to Charles Giron

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Is a Van Gogh self-portrait hidden in a London attic?


An intriguing letter suggests that Vincent made a very unusual sale to England

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Discoveries

Like ‘Tutankhamun’s tomb’: first look inside emperor's sepulchre in 500 years reveals magnificent treasures

Discovery in Vienna's St Stephen's cathedral was made with photographs taken through a small hole in the marble

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Stolen 'Klimt' found hidden in a wall will take a month to authenticate, officials say

Gardener discovered the painting behind a metal plate on an exterior wall at Italy's Ricci Oddi gallery

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Conservator discovers secret scrawls hidden beneath Derek Jarman painting

Pleasures of Italy canvas on show at the Irish Museum of Modern Art in Dublin throws light on late activist’s lovers and interests

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Discoveries

Artist's signature and thumbprint among discoveries in Pieter de Hooch paintings

Revelations were made during research for the largest retrospective of the Dutch painter's work in the Netherlands

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Diary of an art historian

UK national museums could learn a lot from their regional cousins

When it comes to having a historian rummaging in their stores, smaller institutions tend to be more enthusiastic and accommodating

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Revealed: the story behind the Gauguin paintings buried with a young boy in Tahiti

The artist befriended the child of his neighbours, and had given two paintings for the boy’s nursery

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Discoveries

Sotheby's to offer newly discovered Mantegna drawing

Preparatory sketch for The Triumph of Caesar will go on sale in New York in January

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Uncovered: Van Gogh's first art teacher

First photo discovered of Anna Birnie, of Scottish descent, who served as a young governess for eight-year-old Vincent

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Discoveries

'True Rembrandt relic' discovered in cesspit below artist's house

Clay pot used by Old Master to paint is now on show in Amsterdam's Rembrandt House Museum

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Adventures with Van Gogh

New discoveries: Paul Signac painted watercolours of Van Gogh’s asylum

Signac, who offered to fight a duel over the Sunflowers, pays homage to his Dutch friend

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Possible unmapped chambers discovered near Tutankhamun’s tomb

Researchers have found two anomalies in Egypt's Valley of the Kings

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Discoveries

Hidden Cupid resurfaces in one of Vermeer’s best-known works after two and a half centuries

Laboratory tests revealed "sensational" discovery that the figure in Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window was overpainted decades after the artist’s death

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Leonardo da Vinci

Portrait sketch of Leonardo da Vinci discovered in Britain’s Royal Collection

The drawing, believed to be one of only two contemporary images of the artist, will go on show for the first time at the Queen’s Gallery in London

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Brazil

Archaeological trove discovered beneath zoo heads to Rio de Janeiro’s National Museum

More than 30,000 imperial artefacts were found in the nearby RioZoo last week

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Discoveries

Anthony Caro's drawings corrected by Henry Moore to go on show for first time

Exhibition at East Gallery of Norwich University of the Arts aims to demonstrate the relationship between the two artists

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Fake no more: poppy painting in US museum is by Van Gogh—and has a surprise under the surface

Still life at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, is authenticated after decades hidden in storage

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's thumbprint discovered on drawing in Royal Collection

The mark is “the most convincing candidate for an authentic Leonardo fingerprint” among the Queen’s 550 works by the great artist

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Who painted the mystery nude in the Van Gogh brothers' collection?

Museum specialist believes he has uncovered the identity of the artist—and his voluptuous muse

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Deaccessioning

Revealed: marquess of Northampton tried to buy Sekhemka statue before it was controversially sold off by UK museum

Ancient Egyptian sculpture was almost bought by the 7th marquess, whose predecessor donated it to the local museum in the 19th century

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Discoveries

Did Pieter Bruegel the Elder create the earliest Scottish landscape?

Coastal rock formation in 16th-century engraving resembles the famous Bass Rock at the mouth of the Firth of Forth, art historian argues

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Mistaken identity: new discovery means there is only one known photograph of Vincent van Gogh

The childhood image that was assumed to be of Vincent is now believed to depict his brother Theo

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Discoveries

Courbet's model for the Origin of the World discovered

It is now “99% certain” that dancer Constance Quéniaux is depicted in the infamous nude

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Painting of courtesan by Kitagawa Utamaro—who influenced the Impressionists—goes on show for first time

Hanging scroll by the shunga master will be displayed in the British Museum’s revamped Japanese galleries

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Conservation & Preservation

Relic of first-century pope found in a rubbish tip is donated to Westminster Cathedral

Rubbish collectors found the bone fragment of Clement I in London

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Discoveries

Newly discovered Michaelina Wautier painting added to first major show on Baroque’s forgotten female master

And experts are convinced that “many more works will pop up”

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Auctions

Tom Thomson sketch hidden in Canadian basement sells for C$480,000 at auction, more than double its high estimate

The work’s owner, a retired nurse, chose not to attend the sale in person due to nerves “in case it was worth something”

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Man decapitated while fleeing volcano’s destruction of Pompeii

Excavation tells a poignant story of an unfortunate Roman

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Discoveries

Emperor Constantine's giant finger found in the Louvre

Ancient object—initially believed to be a toe—perfectly fits the hand of ancient bronze statue in Rome's Musei Capitolini

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Auctions

Stored in a basement, Canadian woman’s painting turns out to be Tom Thomson sketch

The work is due to be auctioned in Toronto with a high estimate of $135,000—and will fund a Mediterranean cruise for the owner and her friend

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Discovery of a prehistoric sculpture in Saudi Arabia could mean horses tamed in 7000BC

It’s a Late Stone Age horse, of course?

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Art market

Paintings dumped at charity shop make six figures

The paintings were appraised after a Goodwill employee spotted the pair

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Francis Bacon

Bacon “rubbish” including sketches and diaries makes £1m at auction

An alternative end for the rubbish that was to be thrown out from Bacon’s famously chaotic studio at 7 Reese Mews in London

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Discoveries

Stolen art discovered in reclusive collector’s estate

Christie’s and the Stair Galleries both cancelled sales as a result

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Kazimir Malevich

Malevich painting finally authenticated

Traces of Malevich's signature found on 1913 painting

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Art market

Doubts cast on authorship of Goya’s “Black paintings”

University of Madrid discovery

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Nazi Germany

Solid gold, fake Celtic cauldron found in lake

If deemed a Nazi object, it belongs to the Bavarian State

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Unesco

Unesco adopts a new Convention on the Protection of the Underwater Cultural Heritage to protect shipwrecks lying in international waters

However, the US and UK say the it conflicts with existing maritime legislation and Russia, Norway, Turkey, and Venezuela vote no

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Commercial landowners in Britain almost always hand over to public museums archaeological discoveries made on their land, despite no legal obligation for them to do so. Their munificence has led to a chronic shortage of storage space.

This virtuous circle

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Unesco

Deliberation over ownership of submerged vessels and their booty at the bottom of the ocean leads to Unesco intervention

An estimated three million shipwrecks lay undiscovered. UNESCO is calling for a global treaty to protect them. Salvors say it is unrealistic and unworkable, despite developments in deep-sea exploration technology

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Cambodia

Radar imaging reveals ancient Cambodian ruins

Evidence of an earlier culture is found in the jungle surrounding Angkor

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National Trust

National Trust finds rare Gothic altarpiece in stables

Seven hundred year-old painting was dismissed as nineteenth-century

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Antiquities & Archaeology

This year’s top discoveries, as published in the State Cultural Relics Bureau’s weekly newspaper, plus the top ten projects of the past five years

The red-letter roll call of recent Chinese archaeology

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Lords Rothschild and Sainsbury act to protect Butrint

The British School at Rome and the Tirana Institute of Archaeology are excavating Albania’s most important site.

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Cambodia

Pillaged Cambodian art sold at Sotheby’s and displayed in the Met

Despite being published last year by the International Council of Museums, severed stone heads are circulating in London and New York

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Exhibitions

An exhibition at the Israel museum is the last chance to see objects excavated from the Sinai before their return to Egypt

Archaeology bows to the peace process

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Amedeo Modigliani

430 unknown drawings by Modigliani brought to light as the son of the artist's best friend releases a new book

The works were collected day by day, from 1907 to 1914, by Paul Alexandre during the artist’s stay in Paris

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Sevso silver

Numerous parties claim the Sevso Silver Roman hoard valued at £100m belongs to them, entrenching themselves in the New York courts

Legal complexities ensue, with deceit, conspiracy and covert dealing surrounding the treasures history becoming certain