Discoveries

A timeline of the $450m Salvator Mundi: centuries of deals, disputes and drama

The Art Newspaper charts the existence of the world's most expensive work of art, from 1478 to today

Amateur historian discovers 600-year-old English coin in Newfoundland

The coin was minted 70 years before the first documented arrival of non-Viking Europeans to the region

'A discovery that will rewrite history': 24 exceptionally well preserved bronzes unearthed by archaeologists in Tuscany

The artefacts, found at ancient Roman baths, are among the most “significant bronzes ever produced in the history of the ancient Mediterranean”

Oil sketch in Dutch museum could be by Rembrandt, says art historian

The work, housed at The Hague's Museum Bredius, will now undergo further study by Rijksmuseum experts

Archaeologists restoring monument damaged by Islamic State discover ancient stone carvings unseen for millennia

The seven alabaster reliefs document the military conquests of the Neo-Assyrian King Sennacherib

Vermeer at the National Gallery in Washington, DC declared not the real thing

The downgrading follows a study of the six paintings in the museum's collection thought to be by the Dutch master, which are now the subject of an exhibition detailing the findings

Vast megalithic site discovered in southern Spain on land earmarked for an avocado plantation

More than 500 standing stones were catalogued by archaeologists working on the 7,000-year-old site

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Allegedly stolen ancient Cambodian sculptures airbrushed from photoshoot of ‘most beautiful home in America’

Cambodian government says stone artefacts kept at San Francisco home of billionaire Lindemann family match those looted from sacred site

Fabergé egg allegedly found by US officials on $300m yacht seized from Russia oligarch

A photograph of the "egg" has yet to be released, leading to heightened speculation

Three new Modigliani sketches discovered beneath one of the artist’s early nudes

The works were discovered during preparatory forensic analysis for a new exhibition in Philadelphia

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

Rediscovered Richter drawings at Art Basel shed light on artist's painting process

A series of sketches for the artist's monumental SDI painting of 1986 are believed to be the "only studies for an abstract painting to have survived"

Rediscovered Sebastiano Ricci painting to be unveiled at Tefaf Maastricht

The work’s last public appearance was on 10 March 1838 in a Christie’s London sale. “It’s like a 300-year-old brand new painting,” says dealer Christopher Bishop.

Frida Kahlo’s medical records—obtained by her grand-niece—reveal decades of negotiating pain and painting

Exhibition of the Mexican artist’s documents tell of often fraught dealings with doctors and the support she received from friends

Why take binoculars on your next museum visit? You might solve an art history mystery

An unattributed painting in Lincolnshire's Burghley House bears a striking resemblance to the work of Hans Eworth

Happy Dalí Day! Hawaiian gallery announces discovery of long-lost wax sculpture on anniversary of Surrealist’s birth

Lost Wax, now valued between $10m and $20m, was stored in a private vault for four decades

America's racial reckoning: inside the controversial Guston show

Plus, London's new Queer Britain museum and a rediscovered work by Caterina Angela Pierozzi

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Rediscovered Schiele painting is turned into an NFT

The work, depicting the artist's uncle at a piano, will also go on long-term loan to Leopold Museum in Vienna

Works rescued from dumpster lead to rediscovery of star artist of 1970s New York scene

Francis Hines was a well-known artist most famous for wrapping the Washington Square Park arch in fabric, but after he died in relative obscurity, in 2016, his work was nearly lost forever

Discovered: Van Gogh’s fingerprint on an olive grove painting

The artist’s imprint was probably left when he carried the picture back to the asylum

A Canova statue—lost in an English garden for decades and bought for £5,200—will be sold at Christie's London for £8m

The 19th-century work, executed just before the sculptor's death, has been rediscovered after languishing outside for more than 50 years

Ernest Shackleton’s ship Endurance found off Antarctic coast, more than a century after it sank

An expedition team has located the famed shipwreck in what has been described as a "milestone in polar history"

Intricate Roman mosaic is largest to be found in London in half a century

The “once-in-a-lifetime” discovery took place on a building site across the river from what would have been ancient Londinium

Have archaeologists discovered Captain Cook's ship Endeavour? Experts in the US and Australia fight it out

The director of Sydney’s Australian National Maritime Museum announced that he is "convinced" it is the long-lost vessel, while the director of Rhode Island Marine Archaeology Project says the findings are not conclusive

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

Remains of 'last fugitive' killed by Mount Vesuvius eruption unearthed at Herculaneum

Discovery announced as part of new excavations that will open up the ancient beachfront to visitors

Magnificent Roman mosaic discovered in a farmer's field is 'UK's most exciting find of its kind in a century'

The first ever mosaic illustrating scenes from Homer’s Iliad, it would have decorated an imposing dining and entertainment space within a major villa complex

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

Plus, Fabergé in London and a rediscovered Dürer

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