Research

Venice Biennale moves closer to becoming an all-year-round academic hub

The organisation launched a contemporary arts research centre at the Expo 2020 Dubai earlier this month

Yale Center for British Art tries to identify enslaved Black child in 18th-century portrait of an early university benefactor

So far, the museum has not determined who the boy is, but it has reidentified other figures in the controversial painting, which is about to go back on view

Off with her head! Infrared technology shows how a 15th-century French king used a paintbrush to replace one wife with another

Francis I of Brittany had his first wife painted over in a medieval prayer book before giving it to his new spouse, research at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum shows

The write stuff: new analysis on Dead Sea Scrolls sheds light on the scribes behind them

Researchers have used artificial intelligence and other advanced methods to examine the ancient writing

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

National Trust's report on colonial and slavery history did not breach charity law, regulator says

Research commissioned by the trust provoked complaints from Conservative politicians amid UK culture war around controversial monuments

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

Pushing the envelope: new technology reads 300-year-old letter without opening it

X-rays and computer algorithms preserve the complicated technique of letterlocking, which turn writing paper into envelope

Revealed: the secrets behind Antonia, Modigliani’s ‘most complex work’

Researchers at C2RMF give an exclusive preview of their forensic study of all the artist's works in French museum collections

Did alcohol withdrawal really cause Van Gogh’s mental crises?

Vincent was allowed 42 units of wine in the asylum—three times more than today’s recommended limit

a blog by Martin Bailey

The story behind a student who discovered Edward Hopper's earliest paintings were copies

New research finds teenage artist's landscapes were based on a magazine for amateurs learning how to paint

Original or fake? Museum Ludwig puts its Russian avant-garde art to the test

New exhibition reveals 22 falsely attributed works discovered in German museum's collection

'Victimised and rejected': new work explores the history of artists working in New York and the need for public art

Julia Weist's project embedded in the New York public records reveals the uneven relationship between the city and its creatives

Doubly lost: why the Salvator Mundi's failure to show up at the Louvre is to be greatly regretted

Insurance measures allowed the Leonardo painting to be included in the Louvre’s blockbuster if the loan was confirmed by 1 January. Now that date has passed, Martin Kemp laments its disappearance

Was Leonardo's Salvator Mundi for sale when it went on show at the National Gallery?

Public collections usually avoid showing works that are on the market, but expert claims the $450m picture was made available to museums and collectors before the 2011 exhibition

Secret papers on famous artists including Gauguin, Renoir and Monet to be revealed

New York-based Wildenstein-Plattner Institute will digitise fabled Wildenstein archive of sale catalogues, letters and experts’ notes

Gauguin’s Tahitian lover may be more fantasy than reality

As the National Gallery's exhibition opens in London, an expert speculates that the teenager in his Polynesian works could be a composite of women the painter encountered

French exhibition aims to reveal naked truth about 'nude Mona Lisa'

New research suggests work could be a prototype of an idealised “Venus” portrait designed by Leonardo himself

From the Arctic to Wyoming, Smithsonian artefacts offer insights into climate change

Institute’s collections are helping to provide an understanding of how global warming affects specific locations

London's National Gallery defends inclusion of Salvator Mundi in Leonardo show after criticism in new book

The curator’s attribution to the Renaissance master helped Christie’s achieve a world record price for the painting

X-ray of Uffizi's Artemisia Gentileschi reveals a tantalising underpainting

The portrait has striking similarities to a recent acquisition by the National Gallery in London

Tate partners with Hyundai to promote non-Western art

New research centre project means South Korean motor company is now probably the largest corporate sponsor of visual arts for UK museums

Gainsborough murder mystery. Plus, RoseLee Goldberg on performance art

We travel back to the 18th century and delve into the grisly family murders that helped Gainsborough gain fame. Plus, RoseLee Goldberg tell us all about her new book Performance Now: Live Art for the 21st century. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

Hosted by Ben Luke. Produced by Julia Michalska, David Clack and Aimee Dawson
Art marketanalysis

Fair’s fair? The murky world of stand costs

Research by The Art Newspaper uncovers wide disparity in both fee structures and transparency

Anna Brady. , with additional reporting by Anny Shaw, Margaret Carrigan and Lisa Movius

Murders most foul: Gainsborough family revenge killings trigger reassessment of artist’s early years

New research reveals that two members of Thomas Gainsborough's family were killed over a financial dispute when the artist was a child

Mystery identity of Van Gogh’s 'gardener' solved

New research reveals name of man in the artist’s finest asylum portrait

a blog by Martin Bailey
Lost artfeature

Lost art: the world’s invisible collections

Noah Charney on the Sadnikar family's extremely personal collection in Slovenia

Do not allow art to cleanse crimes

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

Giacometti’s chaotic Paris studio brought back to life

Reconstruction at heart of new research centre preserves spirit of artist’s cluttered creative space

Palestinian stories are reconstructed through films, photographs and artefacts confiscated by Israel

An Israeli art historian has spent 20 years trawling the country’s archives for Palestinian cultural property

New hope for lost Frida Kahlo painting

Expert says new evidence could reveal the location of Mexican artist’s biggest work, which “disappeared into thin air”

German researchers trace Jewish newspaper mogul’s vast Nazi-looted art collection

The Mosse Art Research Project, a cooperation with the German government, identifies eight works and launches online database

Where petroleum exploration meets art

Researchers use terahertz scanning to understand artist’s methods

Tate awarded $1.5m research grant to explore models to conserve contemporary works 'that challenge the structure of the museum'

The project, funded by the Mellon Foundation, will concentrate on time-based media, digital and performance art

Salvador Dalí foundation completes digital catalogue raisonné after 17 years of research

Online inventory of more than 1,000 paintings will help scholars and the art market

The grave of Schiele’s muse, Wally Neuzil, found in Croatia

The site is to be restored as a monument to the artist’s young model, whose portrait has been called the Mona Lisa of Austria

Egon Schiele catalogue raisonné to go digital with updates on newly discovered works and provenance

The online platform will have an emphasis on connoisseurship says the catalogue’s author and art dealer Jane Kallir

Archival gifts are 'holy grail' of Edward Hopper

Five thousand items, shared between Whitney and artist's boyhood home, could inspire new exhibitions

Scholarship drives the next edition of Pacific Standard Time

Ambitious projects on Latino, Chicano and Latin American art could rewrite art history textbooks

Safra Foundation gives $1m to Washington’s National Gallery of Art to support art scholars

The money secures a permanent professorship at the museum’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

Heirs of Jewish publisher team up with German museums to track down Nazi-looted art

The Mosse Art Research Initiative aims to recover thousands of missing works

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation names head of catalogue raisonné project

Douglas Dreishpoon joins the foundation from the Albright-Knox Gallery

Designnews

Harvard museums bring back the spirit of the Bauhaus

An extensive public database chronicles the university’s rich holdings related to the Weimar art school

Barnes Foundation plans Matisse colloquium in Philadelphia

The conference follows a publication detailing the museum's collection of his work and Albert Barnes early support of the artist

Former Judd curator launches fellowship for ‘radical thinking’ at Edinburgh University

Independent research post is informed by the philosophies of the American Minimalist sculptor Donald Judd and the Scottish Enlightenment thinker David Hume

Save the data: New York Public Library launches online biographical archive for photographers

Started by one man based on a now defunct database, the Photographers’ Identities Catalogue could one day become a community-driven wiki

Art360 initiative lets artists take the long view

Three-year archive programme will focus on Modern British and contemporary artists, starting with three women

Have mummies, will travel

CT scans reveal secrets of Field Museum’s Peruvian and Egyptian treasures before they are sent on the road

Research puts Goya’s witches in right order

"Feat in forensics” finally establishes correct sequence of artist's private album

Leading art libraries pull together to make research available on the web

Joint project to place 31.5 million images on a single website would “revolutionise” art history, says Frick Collection’s Inge Reist

Reynolds' experiments a real headache for conservators

Research project and show explain conservators’ difficulties with his techniques

How to put Monet back together again: restoration after vandalism

Tiny paint flakes from damaged work give clues to artist’s technique

The race to digitise the world’s heritage

Non-profit organisation has big plans to gather data from 500 sites over the next five years

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

Who’s in the picture? Anti-terror software might tell us

Face recognition software used to spot terrorists may be the answer to identifying unknown sitters in portraits.