Martin Bailey

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Adventures with Van Gogh

How a concierge restored 200 Van Gogh paintings, including the Sunflowers

The astonishing tale of Jan Traas, a caretaker and intern conservator in the 1920s, who later worked on Vermeer's Girl with the Pearl Earring

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Leonardo da Vinci

'Immersive experience' at London's National Gallery to reveal secrets of Leonardo’s Virgin of the Rocks

X-rays showing artist's original composition reveal that angel and Infant Christ were positioned higher up

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Museums

UK national museums lent almost half a million objects around the world last year

Most were scientific materials, but 69,000 went to cultural venues

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Restoration

Delicate seven-year restoration of altarpiece finally completed at London's National Gallery

The 16th-century work The Virgin and Child with Saints is now back on show in the museum

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Attribution

Hidden number discovered in conservation helps reveal painting is from Titian's workshop

Part of the Wellington Collection in London, the picture was originally believed to be by a minor north Italian artist

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Museums

Dutch government gives money for new centre on Netherlandish art at Boston's Museum of Fine Arts

Prime minister takes the unusual step of pledging $200,000 to the US museum

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Exhibitions

After the National Gallery, the Courtauld is the latest London institution to send masterpieces to Japan

Manet’s A Bar at the Folies-Bergère is among the 58 works going on a Japanese tour this autumn

Analysis
Politics

The artistic women in Boris Johnson's life

From his mother to his partners, the UK's new prime minister has been surrounded by people in the arts

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Ivory

UK museums lose opportunity to buy rare renaissance casket

Cabinet of curiosities cannot go to US because of tough ivory regulations

Preview
Exhibitions

Saint Louis bags bumper Paul Gauguin exhibition from one of the world's great collections

The show, which borrows works from the Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek in Copenhagen, travels from San Francisco’s De Young Museum where it closed in June

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Vincent Van Gogh

Millinery mix up: scholar says Van Gogh Museum has mistaken hatted portraits of Theo and Vincent

Major exhibition at the Noordbrabants Museum in the Netherlands will show latest research in the confusing identity saga as Amsterdam museum renames work

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Politics

What can the arts expect from next UK prime minister?

While Boris Johnson describes himself as a keen painter and Jeremy Hunt spent time as culture minister, the sector is likely to remain far down the agenda

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Adventures with Van Gogh

A once-in-a-lifetime look behind Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

The Van Gogh Museum’s masterpiece has suffered from a 1960s restoration which involved the insertion of three long metal bolts

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Vincent Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s gun, 'most famous weapon in art history', sells for €162,500

The discovery of the revolver suggests it was suicide, not murder

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Troy

British Museum to finally display treasures of Troy in major exhibition—after failing to buy them 150 years ago

The Trojan antiquities went to Berlin after the London museum rejected an offer to acquire them

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s astonishing week in the asylum, 130 years ago—when he painted an olive grove and a starry night

By coincidence, both pictures ended up at New York’s MoMA, which is now planning a redisplay

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National Portrait Gallery

Artists call for National Portrait Gallery to drop BP sponsorship

Gary Hume says funding for the arts is 'outweighed by the need to act urgently on the climate crisis'

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Gauguin blames Van Gogh over ear incident

Little known letter says he feared “a fatal and tragic accident”

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Raphael

After Leonardo, the spotlight is on Raphael for the 500th anniversary of his death next year

There will be a rash of shows on the Renaissance master, the largest will be in Rome

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Adventures with Van Gogh

An insider’s travel guide to Van Gogh's Arles

Follow in the artist’s footsteps and discover the places that inspired his greatest paintings

Comment
Leaders

Comment | Cupid ‘outing’ in Vermeer painting is the right move

The uncovered figure changes the composition of Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Gauguin exhibitions in Ottawa and London will feature tributes to Van Gogh

Tahitian still lifes of sunflowers are surrogate portraits of his Yellow House friend

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Restitution

British Museum considers loan of ‘invisible’ objects back to Ethiopia

Country has requested return of 11 tabots held in sealed storeroom that the Ethiopian Orthodox Church believes should only be viewed by its priests

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh's correspondence about famed Art Nouveau architect Victor Horta unearthed

Largely overlooked postscript suggests surprise friendship between the Van Gogh brothers and the young Belgian

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Virtually unseen Van Gogh painting comes up for sale in New York next week

Christie’s values the Japanese-influenced picture of the asylum garden at $25m

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italy secures loan of Leonardo da Vinci's Benois Madonna from Russia's Hermitage museum

There has been intense competition to borrow works by the artist during the 500th anniversary of his death this year

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Theo van Gogh is identified in mystery drawing now on show in London

Lucien Pissarro’s sketch in Tate Britain exhibition is the only depiction of the two brothers together

Podcast

How did Salvator Mundi go from $1,000 to $450m? Plus, the tragedy of Van Gogh's only love

We speak to the authors of two new books: Ben Lewis about Leonardo; and Martin Bailey about Van Gogh. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Regional institutions dominate shortlist for £100,000 Museum of the Year award

Northern Ireland's HMS Caroline and V&A Dundee among five finalists for the Art Fund's annual prize

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Exclusive: Van Gogh’s prostitute lover committed suicide—just as predicted

My new book recounts the untold tragedy of how Sien Hoornik drowned herself in a Rotterdam canal

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Two stolen Van Goghs go back on display after 14-year ordeal at the hands of Italian gangsters

Conservation at the Amsterdam museum has revealed a fake Vincent signature on the genuine seascape

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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Adventures with Van Gogh

I held the gun that probably killed Van Gogh—and here is its story

The revolver discovered by a farmer in an Auvers field comes up for auction on 19 June

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Contemporary art

Wallinger's upside-down globe outside LSE angers Chinese students for portraying Taiwan as an independent state

British artist says colouring Taiwan differently from China was his "error"

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Adventures with Van Gogh

What lies behind the auction of Van Gogh’s gun?

New details on “the most famous weapon in art history”

Podcast

Sackler sponsorship: take it or leave it? Plus, museum visitor figures

We examine the growing unease among British museums about accepting money from Sackler family members linked to the sale of the opioid OxyContin, and look at 2018's most visited shows and museums with Met director Max Hollein. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Exhibitions

Tate to show $6m Blake watercolours that sold for £1,000 in a Scottish bookshop

Discovered after 165 years, eight of the 19 paintings will be included in the London exhibition in September

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Sponsorship

Why is the British Museum still accepting tobacco sponsorship?

London institution has acquired 600 objects thanks to funding from Japan Tobacco International, makers of Benson & Hedges, Winston, Camel and Silk Cut

Review
Video, film & new media

Julian Schnabel’s Van Gogh film is moody and marvellous in spells—but gets two things crucially wrong

At Eternity’s Gate, based on the Dutch artist’s life, is released in the UK today

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Mystery of Van Gogh’s love affair in London

Did the Dutch artist fall for his Brixton landlady or her daughter?

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Sponsorship

South London Gallery returned funding to Sackler Trust last year

Plus, Nan Goldin's show at the National Portrait Gallery is expected to go ahead after the trust and London museum decided not to proceed with a £1m grant

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Fake no more: poppy painting in US museum is by Van Gogh—and has a surprise under the surface

Still life at the Wadsworth Atheneum in Hartford, Connecticut, is authenticated after decades hidden in storage

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Restitution

London museum returns emperor's hair—taken by a British officer as a war trophy—to Ethiopia

The two locks will be buried at the monastery where emperor Tewodros' body was interred

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Sponsorship

London's National Portrait Gallery and Sackler Trust to 'not proceed' with £1m grant

Mutual decision comes amid controversy over trust's connection to Purdue Pharma, maker of OxyContin, a prescription painkiller linked to the opioid crisis

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Openings

Basrah Museum unveils three new galleries in Saddam Hussein's former palace

Sumer, Assyria and Babylonia rooms open with support from UK government's Cultural Protection Fund

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Discoveries under the floorboards of Van Gogh’s bedroom in Brixton

Mysterious papers were found during the restoration of the south London house in Hackford Road where the Dutchman lodged

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Claude Monet

Export licence granted for Monet's $63m painting of London

Owned by a British collector for almost 70 years, the work showing Charing Cross Bridge has gone abroad

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Adventures with Van Gogh

The astonishing life of Johan van Gogh: Vincent's great-nephew dies aged 96

A tribute to Theo van Gogh’s grandson, who served in the Dutch secret service

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Rembrandt

English Heritage lends its Rembrandt self-portrait to Gagosian gallery in exchange for support

Self-portrait with Two Circles at Kenwood House is the charity’s greatest painting, along with a Vermeer

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Ethnographic art

Oxford museum rethinks famed display of shrunken heads

The review of the ‘tsantsas’ is part of a wider exercise looking at the Pitt Rivers Museum’s historic labels

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Restitution

London’s National Army Museum to return emperor's hair to Ethiopia

Hair was cut from the emperor Tewodros's body after he committed suicide following defeat at the battle of Maqdala in 1868

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Adventures with Van Gogh

These are the two Van Goghs that David Hockney dreams of hanging in his bedroom

British artist's exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum opens this week

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Sculpture

All the UK's 150,000 public sculptures to go online

First 1,000 entries were published today

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Revealed: Van Gogh’s English friend in Antwerp, Emslie Horniman

Memories of the artist from the son of the founder of London’s Horniman Museum uncovered in archival letters

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Rembrandt

Lucian Freud’s Rembrandt project that never was

The late artist wanted to use a work by the Dutch master as inspiration for one of his final paintings

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Former Tate director's hidden tribute to Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

James Manson paid homage to the artist by painting his own bouquet

Interview
Rijksmuseum

Interview: the Rijksmuseum's Taco Dibbits on Rembrandt's pulling power

We speak to the general director of the Dutch museum ahead of its exhibition on "all" of the works by the master in its collection

Supported byRijksmuseum

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Adventures with Van Gogh

How Van Gogh's Sunflowers have inspired generations of British artists

Painters from Brangwyn to Nash paid homage to the masterpiece, all illustrated on the Art UK site

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Adventures with Van Gogh

San Francisco’s Van Gogh is the real deal

The still life of fruit and chestnuts, until recently dismissed as a fake, was painted in Paris

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Banksy

Kerching! Banksy-note enters British Museum

Di-faced Tenner is artist’s first work to join the collection officially—unlike his 2005 cave painting prank

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Controversies

Tory peer involved in controversial sale of Iraqi antiquities

Reliefs from Ashurnasirpal II’s Nimrud palace, fixed to the walls of a Scottish mansion, have been removed, stripped and sold abroad

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci's thumbprint discovered on drawing in Royal Collection

The mark is “the most convincing candidate for an authentic Leonardo fingerprint” among the Queen’s 550 works by the great artist

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Amsterdam Sunflowers will never again travel

Conservators are concerned over Van Gogh’s still life, which went to over 80 exhibitions after the war

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Tate Modern

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

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Brexit

Art world guide on how to deal with 'no deal' Brexit released

Arts Council England publishes advice on movement of art, imports and exports, funding, and travel for artists and professionals in case an agreement is not reached

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Who painted the mystery nude in the Van Gogh brothers' collection?

Museum specialist believes he has uncovered the identity of the artist—and his voluptuous muse

News
British Museum

Looted ‘cannibal’ bowl will not travel to Quai Branly in Paris for Oceania exhibition

Royal Academy says conservation issues—not restitution fears—mean the ceremonial feast trough can not be loaned

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Van Gogh’s most important painting leaves Europe for the first time

National Gallery’s Sunflowers heads to Japan where it is likely to be seen by around a million people

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Deaccessioning

Revealed: marquess of Northampton tried to buy Sekhemka statue before it was controversially sold off by UK museum

Ancient Egyptian sculpture was almost bought by the 7th marquess, whose predecessor donated it to the local museum in the 19th century

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Vincent Van Gogh

National Gallery in London to send Van Gogh's Sunflowers to Japan

Exhibition with 60 other loans from the museum will help celebrate the Tokyo Olympics in 2020

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Edvard Munch

British Museum to stage major show of Munch prints

Exhibition in London will be largest in 50 years

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Adventures with Van Gogh

The most important Van Gogh discoveries, exhibitions, sales and books of 2018

From the discovery of a Montmartre drawing to a $40m sale at Christie's

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Openings

After year-long rain check, Rijksmuseum Schiphol prepares to reopen

Airport branch of Amsterdam museum closed in January due to a leaky roof

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Ivory

UK approves ivory ban

An extension to include hippopotamus, walrus and narwhal ivory will be discussed next year

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Exhibitions

London's National Gallery plans major Artemisia Gentileschi show in 2020

Exhibition of Europe’s greatest female Old Master will include museum's freshly conserved acquisition