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Public art

'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

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Leonardo da Vinci

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

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Salvator Mundi

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

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Catalogues raisonnés

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

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Research

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

News

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

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Climate Change

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

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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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Museums & Heritage

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

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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

Podcast

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.

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Art market

Fair’s fair? The murky world of stand costs

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

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Thomas Gainsborough

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

Blog
Adventures with Van Gogh

Mystery identity of Van Gogh’s 'gardener' solved

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

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Lost art

Lost art: the world’s invisible collections

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

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Diary of an art historian

Do not allow art to cleanse crimes

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

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Art Basel 2018

Giacometti’s chaotic Paris studio brought back to life

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

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Research

Palestinian stories 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

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Research

New hope for lost Frida Kahlo painting

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

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Restitution

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

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Conservation & Preservation

Where petroleum exploration meets art

Researchers use terahertz scanning to understand artist’s methods

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Conservation & Preservation

Tate awarded $1.5m research grant 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

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Research

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

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Artists

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

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Research

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

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Caravaggio

Galleria Borghese launches Caravaggio research centre—with a little help from Fendi

Roman museum aims to become the primary reference for scholarship on the artist

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Archival gifts are 'holy grail' of Edward Hopper

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

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Research

Scholarship drives the next edition of Pacific Standard Time

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

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Research

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

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Research

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

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Artists

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation names head of catalogue raisonné project

Douglas Dreishpoon joins the foundation from the Albright-Knox Gallery

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Design

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

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Research

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

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Research

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

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In the frame

Insta-classic: Paris museums launch digital archive with social media project

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Photography

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

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Artists

Art360 initiative lets artists take the long view

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

News

Have mummies, will travel

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

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Surprise use for Egyptian blue pigment

News

Robots beat art experts at their own game

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Exhibitions

Research puts Goya’s witches in right order

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

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Research

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

Archive
Joshua Reynolds

Reynolds' experiments a real headache for conservators

Research project and show explain conservators’ difficulties with his techniques

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Conservation & Preservation

How to put Monet back together again: restoration after vandalism

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

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Digital Age

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

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Leonardo da Vinci

Elusive smile, elusive artist: is this really by Leonardo?

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

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Art & Technology

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.

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National Gallery

Books: The National Gallery’s latest Technical Bulletin makes some great discoveries

The volume is a compendium of papers presented at the Gallery in September 2009

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National Gallery

Looking beyond Leonardo's blockbuster National Gallery exhibition

Where next after Leo-mania?

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Art fairs

Art Basel Miami Beach to be studied for Swiss sociology project

Collectors and dealers alike must prepare for questioning as art-money relationship comes under the microscope

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Joseph Beuys

Harvard Art Museums to research Beuys' multiples

The Harvard museum owns an almost complete set

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Art & Technology

An advance in iron preservation aids conservators

Work on Civil War submarine leads to pioneering technique

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Forgeries

Early copy of the Gospel of Mark is a forgery

US scholars, conservators and scientists collaborate to prove that a “14th-century manuscript” is a skilled fake

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Leonardo da Vinci

Cleaning shows that London’s Virgin of the Rocks is nearly all by the artist’s hand

After five years of research and conservation, Leonardo's masterpiece is once again looking its best

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Francis Bacon

Mystery over who made the “Francis Bacon” rugs

New research poses more questions than answers over possible attributions for items that were withdrawn from March sale

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Art & Technology

Hollywood technology used to examine new Herculaneum find

Researchers see future applications for this cross-over science

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News

Grant for Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh to catalogue Warhol’s “Time capsules”

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has awarded the museum $600,000

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Vienna

Albertina to reopen its collection to scholars—finally

The institution has installed an impressive high-tech robotic system to store and retrieve its holdings of prints and drawings

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Books

Books: Two books attempt to correct views of pre-Raphaelite art—held by no one

Traditional understandings of the brotherhood are addressed, again

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo underdrawings revealed, putting the authenticity of the Virgin of the rocks beyond dispute

Infra-red examination shows abandoned original design

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: What is all the fuss about Leonardo? Martin Kemp and Charles Nicholl try to decipher the master

Two books try to shed new light on why Leonardo continues to exert a fascination for scholars, art historians and the public

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Books

The production of works for garth and home

This study tries to prove that there was an aesthetic specific to cloistered women

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: Leonardo as larger-than-life, but also human

Two studies of the Renaissance artist’s works reveal divergent assumptions about interpretation

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Leonardo da Vinci

Arts in broadcasting and television: Leonardo on BBC 3

Four million viewers tuned in to Alan Yentob’s three-part series on the wonders of Da Vinci

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Leonardo da Vinci

The Art Newspaper's exclusive insight into the new Universal Leonardo Project

Oxford professor launches detailed technical study of all works attributed to Leonardo to be completed by major exhibitions in 2006

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Paul Cézanne

Books: Adam classicism to Tinseltown Rococo

Something for everyone: “animalcules”, Baltic art, the Cecils, CD-Roms, Cézanne, Chinese furniture, Clement Greenberg decadence, Holbein, Japanese design, Kahn, Leonardo, Millais, Modernism, Palladio, Tiffany silver, terracotta sculpture

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: Recent works on Leonardo take different but complementary approaches

Who was the real Leonardo da Vinci?

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Leonardo da Vinci

The public may decide the fate of Leonardo’s “Adoration of the Magi”

Antonio Paolucci states he will halt the Uffizi’s planned restoration of the painting if he hears convincing arguments as to why it should not take place

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Art & Technology

"Digital craft" project at Frankfurt's Museum of Applied Arts aims to change the way we think about museums and technology

Director James M. Bradburne is a passionate believer in new technologies

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Rome

An Italian archaeologist pleads for professionals to gather information from farmers and from those living near ancient sites

The integrity of most archaeological sites in Italy has been compromised by extensive illicit excavations, which have caused the loss of an enormous quantity of archaeological information

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Walter Sickert

A new book explores Walter Sickert's innovative work as a printmaker

Nine years of painstaking research have revealed this technically adventurous side of the artist’s work

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Leonardo da Vinci

Palazzo Vecchio Leonardo discovery doubted

The unfinished fresco may lie under Vasari's contribution to the Palazzo

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: Robert Zwijnenberg on order and chaos in the writings of Leonardo da Vinci

A new book explores the notebooks of the Renaissance Master

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Art & Technology

Michelangelo's sculptures transported into the digital age with new scanning technology

Stanford University works to create computer models of all of the master's sculptural works

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Exhibitions

Marion’s Medusas at the Warburg in London

Stancioff spent her life charting the use of the same visual symbols by vastly distant cultures

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Giorgione

Giorgione: the painter of “poetic brevity”

This study is based on a close look at conservation and restoration research, a scientific examination of the artist’s technique, and new documentary evidence

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: Leonardo's beginnings

This study maintains that Verrocchio’s “Tobias and the angel” in London is the first example of the artist’s hand

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Books

Books: Carlo James explores the history of art conservation

A critical look at old and new conservation and preservation techniques

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Vincent Van Gogh

New research shows Yasuda Sunflowers picture to be authentic Van Gogh

“Sunflowers” back in bloom

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Antiquities & Archaeology

The search for ancient Alexandria goes underwater

The greatest city of the Hellenistic age has been neglected by archaeology for decades. Now underwater survey techniques have provided us with glimpses of the centre’s greatness. But many decry the techniques being used

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Science and Art

New laser technology for painting restoration

Revolutionary non-contact cleaning method to be unveiled this month at Liverpool’s laser conservation conference

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Art & Technology

Rembrandt under X-ray at the British Museum

Medical technology is being utilised to obtain clear images of watermarks

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Herculaneum

New research reveals Herculaneum’s wooden remains could be fake

Modern reconstructions with ancient materials have escaped detection until now

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Internet

How are Britain's leading museums exploiting new multimedia technology?

Pundits inform us that the new media age is now upon us. Will this transform the museum sector?

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Art & Technology

What's happening in the world of information technology in the museum community

A three-day conference and exhibition in London with new projects on show

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Salvador Dalí

Dalí commission to sort things out with new expert team in Figueras

The Fundació Gala-Salvador Dalí fills the hole left by break with Robert Descharnes

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Science and Art

Archaeologists delighted as Schliemann's Trojan treasure becomes available for research

British scientists describe the new techniques which could be used to investigate the recently revealed gold and silver hoard

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Leonardo da Vinci

The Crowley Colosso Leonardo Prize

Entries open for the Accademia Italiana's annual award

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Museums & Heritage

Who does research in museums?

"Where there is no research, there is no museum", says Wolf Dieter Dube, director of the Berlin museums, but this tenet has come under attack in recent years.

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Art & Technology

Dendrochronology and infra-red photography are giving surprising results among Netherlandish paintings at the Metropolitan Museum

Can a human eye beat the latest technology?

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Prizes

Kent dealer wins Leonardo Prize

His rare manuscript find nabbed him this year's award

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Report

State reforms of French archaeology imminent

Mass resignations spur Minister to action.

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo prize for dealer sleuths

The Accademia Italiana announces award in conjunction with fair

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Leonardo da Vinci

Mona Lisa mystery finally solved: The sitter is indisputably Lisa del Giocondo

And not Isabella d’Este, Pacifica Brandano, Costanza d’Avalos, a cumulative female image—or Leonardo in drag