Provenance

Banksynews

Was Banksy’s infamous shredded painting really created in 2006?

As work heads back to auction at Sotheby's, the provenance of the street artist’s Girl with Balloon is being questioned

How did this gem—an ‘archaic Greek masterpiece’—end up for sale at Christie’s in New York after being banned from leaving the UK?

The Ionides Scarab sold for $250,000 in April—but it may not have been the auction house’s, nor the consigner’s, right to sell the object in the US

Restitutioninterview

Why African voices are crucial to the debate over the return of colonial loot

Senegalese art historian El Hadji Malick Ndiaye says discussions and decisions about the restitution of African artefacts cannot be dictated by the West

Louvre probes its collection for Nazi and colonial loot in massive provenance research project

Museum launches an online catalogue of 485,000 objects while curators comb through wartime acquisitions and works from former colonies

Forging ahead with historic restitution plans, Dutch museums will launch €4.5m project to develop a practical guide on colonial collections

Researchers will consider “various modes of return” for museum objects and how the process can help to reconcile with colonial past

An arms dealer casts a shadow over Kunsthaus Zurich

Petition calls for more transparency in planned display of the collection of Emil Georg Bührle, who bought Nazi-looted art with a fortune built on weapons

Art marketanalysis

Six of the best catalogues raisonnés

From Leonardo to Bacon, take your pick from a selection of essential texts on leading artists

Art marketcomment

Provenance: the Trojan horse that can make or break a work of art

The who, where and when of ownership can lead on to scholarly, ethical, legal and existential issues

It is time for catalogues raisonnés to join the digital age

Printed publications can quickly become obsolete, so the ease with which a digital document can be revised is a godsend—and that is what makes many uneasy

Unesco under fire for using Met objects in anti-trafficking campaign

Advertisements said that the works were looted in recent years, but Met documentation shows that they have a much longer provenance

The devil is in the paperwork—don't be caught out by provenance fraud

The rise of the online art market means due diligence on purchasing art is becoming increasingly complex

The only way is ethics: US museums should not neglect provenance research in the funding crisis

Ethical institutional practices such as staff equity and due diligence are essential investments, "not merely a luxury for flush times"

Quran quietly sells for record £7m despite questions over its provenance

Manuscript sold at Christie's first live sale in London since the coronavirus lockdown, but academics say its ownership history should be more transparent

Curator reveals how a Jewish collector snuck a medieval tapestry out of Nazi Germany

Victoria Reed, the provenance curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has been sharing the history about a work from the collection each day on Twitter while the museum remains locked down

Nazi loot expert joins Louvre to investigate its wartime acquisitions

Hire of French art historian Emmanuelle Polack suggests a more proactive stance on Nazi-era provenance research at Paris museum

Lawnews

Family claims quarter share of disputed Isleworth Mona Lisa

The painting, long the subject of an attribution dispute, is now at the centre of a legal conflict over ownership

Nazi lootarchive

Nazi loot claim for Tate’s Constable

Beaching a Boat, Brighton, has been claimed by the heirs of Baron Ferenc Hatvany

American museums increasingly proactive about restitution cases

30 memorial totems were repatriated to the Kenya last month

Getting back art from Gurlitt’s hoard of Degenerate art

While the legal status of stolen or confiscated works is as yet unclear, there is hope for those who make claims for restitution

Heirs of persecuted dealer Alfred Flechtheim reject provenance project over restitution claims

The Jewish dealer’s relatives say participating museums are not dealing satisfactorily with their claims

Getty Institute publishes Nazi auction data

Rise in restitution claims expected after launch of online German auction catalogues for 1930-45

Canada under pressure over potential Nazi loot

Montreal museum returns painting amid growing calls to fund provenance research and return disputed works

Forgeriesarchive

Growth in internet sales forces fraud issue

Identifying forgeries being sold on websites is not enough to tackle the problem

Elusive smile, elusive artist: is the Isleworth Mona Lisa really by Leonardo?

Despite a lavish, 300-page book and a high-profile presentation, strong doubts remain

Maltaarchive

Polish-born collector Zdzislaw Bieganski to found museum in Malta

Works include Picasso and Van Gogh, but many are yet to be authenticated

Scholars absent from State Hermitage Museum conference with controversial Degas bronzes on the agenda

Experts have been silenced by fears of legal action if doubts regarding the sculptures' legitimacy are voiced

Portrait attributed to Leonardo in desperate condition

Possible self-portrait needs urgent treatment for mould and bacteria

Forgeriesarchive

Knoedler forgery scandal grows

The gallery is being sued over an alleged fake Pollock, sold for $17m in 2007

Is the Salvator Mundi a Leonardo? The National Gallery seems to think so

A new exhibition includes the newly discovered painting, ratifying it as the genuine article

Williamsburg street art is Phil Frost, not Basquiat

As the appreciation of street art rises (as do its prices), attribution becomes critical

Salvator Mundi Leonardo attribution: it’s all in the hand of the master

Proof of changes to the composition increases scholarly support

Dalí foundation fights the forgers

A conference in Catalonia will hopefully solve the ongoing problem with fake multiples in the market

Scholars divided over Leonardo attribution

Simon C. Dickinson Ltd is now the owner of Madonna and Child with St Anne and a Lamb, having reimbursed Nasser Kazeminy for the $7m he paid. If authentic, the gallery stands to make a profit, but if not then its value as an anonymous drawing is modest. So where did the drawing come from—and is it the real thing?

July 2010archive

Eli Broad addresses the American Association of Museums: “Get art out of the basement"

The collector lectures museum professionals at their annual conference in Los Angeles

Disputed bronzes cast from plasters attributed to Degas on show in Tel Aviv

Although the plaster's provenance and the project's credibility are under scrutiny, a New York dealer has initiated an exhibition at the Museum of Art

Books: The cautionary tale of America’s other “Leonardo”

The painting that still languishes in a vault, despite nearly a century of squabbling

Munich pushes provenance research concerning possible Nazi looting

The project, led by Dr Vanessa-Maria Voigt and Dr Horst Kessler, came about by a chance find in a desk...

Minneapolis hands Léger to collector’s family

The painting was stolen from its Jewish owner during the Nazi occupation of France

The time has come for a statute of limitations on restitution: stemming the flow of works from museums

Since the late 1990s there has been a strong push towards provenance research of collections and museums, and restitution of items that were looted or taken by the Nazis during their period of power

Successful Amsterdam sale concludes the series of Goudstikker auctions

Old masters, recovered as a result of one of the world’s largest Nazi restitution claims, net $20m

Art marketarchive

Trial Warhol prints may be authenticated in alleged policy adjustment for Authentication Board

A source close to the Andy Warhol Authentication Board hints at a change of heart

Norton Simon Museum of Art and Goudstikker heiress to go to court over fight for Cranachs

Marei von Saher claims they are Nazi loot, while Norton Simon believes it has legal title to the paintings

Questions arise surrounding legitimacy of items thought to be part of supposedly incomplete Sevso silver hoard

Documents seen by The Art Newspaper reveal that five bowls, 37 cups and 187 spoons were offered with the 14 pieces which make up the Roman treasure

Unescoarchive

Getty revises its guidelines for acquiring antiquities—again

Artefacts must have left their countries of origin by 1970, the year of the Unesco Convention, or have proper export documentation to be considered for purchase

Provenance research is too expensive, museums tell Congress

The hearing concerning America's progress in returning Nazi loot to original owners discussed potential problems

Booksarchive

The political power of a painting

The story of Raphael’s St George and the Dragon

Provenancearchive

US museum directors debate antiquities provenance dilemma

Should museums acquire objects without provenance, which may have been looted? Yes, say several panelists

“This mask belongs to Egypt”: Zahi Hawass demands repatriation of ancient Saqqara mask

Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, is asking the St Louis Art Museum to return an supposedly looted antiquity

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