Old Masters

How Lavinia Fontana went from ‘prospect’ to first professional woman artist

An exhibition of the 16th-century Italian painter at the National Gallery of Ireland tells the story of her unique circumstances and reveals the results of a recently restored work

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President Macron gets a private tour of the Rijksmuseum's blockbuster Vermeer show

The French head of state and First Lady pondered over masterpieces such as The Milkmaid and The Lacemaker

'Are Old Masters having a renaissance? Leaner times breathe new life into a tired market'

Collectors tend towards safety in times of trouble—and current uncertainty is causing a shift in buying habits

Just what the doctor ordered: masterpieces from Milan museum brighten up hospital

Works from the Pinacoteca di Brera have been blown up and pasted in high definition on the walls of the Humanitas hospital in Ronzano to improve patients' well-being

Are young collectors buying Old Masters? Dealers at Tefaf Maastricht bank on changing tastes

The sector could benefit from cross-over buyers influenced by fashion designers and institutions looking to diversify collections

Acquisitions round up: the Met acquires 16th-century portrait of pope's banker

Our pick of the latest gifts and purchases to enter institutional collections worldwide

Art history sleuths reunite mother with husband and son in 17th-century Flemish portrait

Scholars have pieced together separate parts of painting after 200 years

Old Masters in Maastricht: What does Tefaf tell us about the market for historic art?

Plus, the Institut du Monde Arabe's major gift and expansion plans and an unflinching self-portrait by a Rococo woman artist

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The hunt for as many as nine elusive Vermeer paintings continues

As the Rijksmuseum's once-in-a-lifetime blockbuster brings together an unprecedented number of works by the Old Master, paintings including a self-portrait are still missing

The Big Review: Vermeer at the Rijksmuseum ★★★★★

A less-is-more approach to the biggest ever exhibition of the Dutch Old Master’s paintings makes this blockbuster a triumph

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The curious case of Madonna and the missing Old Master

Mayor of Amiens in France asks pop star to loan work believed to be by Jérôme-Martin Langlois, spotted in a photograph of her home

Restituted, record-setting Bronzino and gruesome Rubens lead Sotheby’s Old Masters sales in New York

The auction house’s four-part auction extravaganza was a decidedly mixed bag, bringing a total of $74.5m across 124 lots

Record-breaking Goya portraits lead the way at Christie’s muted $62.7m Old Masters auctions in New York

Despite works the collection of film producer Jacqui Eli Safra that were enticingly offered with no reserves, the auction house’s two marquee sales fell short of expectations

Take four—Naples exhibition curators attribute a new quartet of works to Artemisia Gentileschi

Organisers of Gallerie d’Italia show have given full attributions to four works on loan from public and private collections in the US and UK

Was a Vienna auction's €6,000 'copy' of the Sistine Chapel's ceiling actually by Michelangelo?

My heart-stopping research saga to find out if Dorotheum’s part-painted cartoon by a "follower" was in fact a sleeper

Crime news

Following his arrest in Italy, Old Master forgery suspect Giuliano Ruffini is turned over to French authorities

After seven years of investigations, Ruffini has been handed over to French authorities, likely setting the stage for a trial in Paris

Brexit woes contribute to slim Old Master sales in London

Nonetheless, buoyed by the Grasset collection, Sotheby's posted its best results in six seasons and Christie's sale was up 26% up on last December

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Old Masters need reinventing to avoid being frozen out

Last year, European Old Masters represented just 4% of the world’s $26.3bn art auction sales. In our contemporary-obsessed world, we’re just not paying them enough attention

Damaged Salvator Mundi copy by unknown artist sells for €1m at Christie's

Dated to a century after Leonardo's death, the work does not come from the artist's studio

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From a Dutch Golden Age still-life to a Nobel Prize medal: our pick of the highlights from December's sales

Plus, a Modernist landscape by Ferdinand Hodler and a sumptuous Old Masters Madonna

In time for Christmas: London's National Gallery unveils newly-restored Piero della Francesca nativity scene

Painstaking restoration of Italian master’s revered painting reveals its full glory once more

Did Leonardo da Vinci's studio produce two Salvator Mundis in parallel?

Martin Clayton, the Royal Collection Trust's head of prints and drawings presented his research at a major conference in Leipzig

Crime news

Suspected Old Master forger Giuliano Ruffini—wanted by French police—cannot be found

The French dealer, who is under investigation for selling a series of allegedly forged paintings, has had a warrant out for his arrest since 2019

Five years since the $450m Salvator Mundi sale: a first-hand account of the nonsensical auction

At the record-breaking sale at Christie's New York on 15 November 2017, the audience gasped and whooped as if they were at a very exclusive firework display

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

How did a clergyman come to own hundreds of Edward Hopper works? We delve into the Whitney's archive controversy

Plus, a horror show in London and a Flemish masterpiece in Bruges

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Divorcing collectors to sell Old Masters trove at Sotheby’s in New York, led by $25m early Rubens

Ten works from the collection of Mark Fisch and Rachel Davidson will be on offer during the Master’s Week sales in January

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A painting marketed as 'by Titian'—but also attributed to his workshop—will be offered at Sotheby's in December for £8m

The work, which could become the second-most expensive by the painter at auction, failed to sell in 1998