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German museums may have thousands of looted relics from China’s Imperial Palace, research group believes

Collaborative research by major German institutions may expose huge amounts of Chinese objects taken during Boxer Rebellion

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Researchers train AI to attribute paintings based on detailed brushstroke analysis

A project led by scientists at Case Western Reserve University uses machine learning to identify a distinctive ‘fingerprint’ in each artist’s way of applying paint

'Heart of Matisse': new study centre dedicated to Modern master opens at Baltimore Museum of Art

US museum builds a permanent research space for its "crown jewel"—more than 1,200 works by Henri Matisse

Disney at the Met—but is it art?

Plus, a new centre to study Matisse at Baltimore Museum of Art and Josef Albers's lithographs at Cristea Roberts in London

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London’s National Gallery reveals slavery history in new research—including its founder’s ties to Caribbean

The data, published today, found 67 individuals connected to the slave trade including John Julius Angerstein who helped to establish the museum's collection

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

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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
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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