Museo del Prado Welcomes Georges de la Tour's Penitent Magdalene, on Loan from the Louvre

Through the program “Guest Work of Art”, the Museo del Prado inaugurates a new exhibition model that pretends to allow visitors to get closer to great Works of art from other museums with the double objective of enriching the visitor´s experience and to estbalish a comparative term that allows reflection on the museum´s own works of art.

The work of art selected to open the program, The Penitent Magdalene by Georges de la Tour, presents Magdalene, symbol of redemption through repentance, in a night scene, illuminated by a candle that creates violent contrasts in her meditation instruments, the sacred books, the cross and the Skull, symbol of death, objects that conform one of the most beautiful still lifes made by the author. La Tour shows the saint with a delicate aspect, far away from her common laborers, soldiers or street musicians.

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Published in: on April 29, 2009 at 2:26 am  Leave a Comment  
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Caravaggio is not found, the find is unknown

M. Caravaggio. The Putting of the Christ under Arrest or Judas’ Kiss. Circa 1598. Oil on canvas. Stolen from the Odessa Museum of Western and Eastern Art on July, 29−31

On Saturday, on November 6, the Ukrainian weekly journal Mirror of Week has published the information on that the canvas stolen from the Odessa Museum that was Michelangelo Caravaggio’s The Putting of the Christ under Arrest or Judas’ Kiss is found out. According to the last data, this information does not represent the facts, and the lost picture still is wanted.

According to the chief of the Kharkov regional Department of Internal Affairs Victor Razvadovsky the police officers really found a valuable picture. However it has nothing to do with a masterpiece by Caravaggio. The canvas was found out in a house of a killed collector Nikolay Ponomarenko and sent for examination which should attribute the authorship and the cost of the picture.

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Published in: on January 28, 2009 at 12:54 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Masterpieces from the Collection of the British Royal Family are shown in Edinburgh

Michelangelo Caravaggio. 1603−1606. Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew. Canvas, oil. The Royal Collection, Great Britain

The second part of the exhibition devoted to the Italian works of art in the Royal Collection will be opened on 13th of November in Edinburgh. This time Buckingham Palace is getting ready to show in Scotland the glories of Italian Baroque. The exposition will contain 31 pictures and about 43 drawings by outstanding artists of XVI-XVII centuries. The highlights of the exhibition will become two priceless works by Michelangelo Caravaggio which are Calling of Saints Peter and Andrew and A Boy Peeling Fruit. Both pictures were considered to be copies until repeated attribution made by the keepers of the Royal Collection showed that they are authentic.

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Published in: on November 18, 2008 at 7:21 am  Leave a Comment  
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Unknown canvases of the 15th–19th centuries in Stuttgart

G. Vischer the Yonger. Cupid Bowing the Knee. Late 17thC. Estimate €50 000. 409th Art and Antique Auktion. Nagel. Stuttgart, September 17–18

Stuttgart, Germany – September, 17 and 18, Nagel auction house will hold the sales named the 409th Art and Antique. It will represent the outstanding works of the European art since the Middle Ages. Along with painting, graphic art and sculpture of the 15th–19th centuries Nagel will put up for sale the antique furniture, porcelain, items of interior and table silver. However some unknown pictures are of the greatest interest.

The picture the Apple Thief attributed to the Italian painter Tommaso Salini (1575–1625) is one of the main auction’s discoveries. Having been Caravaggio’s contemporary Salini had left many outstanding works among which were most of all still-lives and pastoral scenes. According to the expert in the field of the Italian art John F. Spike this unknown work undoubtedly is one of the best pictures by the master. The canvas is estimated at €20 000.

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Published in: on September 17, 2008 at 2:11 am  Leave a Comment  
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Exhibition of Works by Velasquez Set Records

D. Velasquez. La Venus del Espejo (The Rokeby Venus). 1647–1651. Oil on canvas. 122.5 И 177.0 cm. London, the National Gallery

Exhibition of works by famous Spanish artist Diego de Silva Velasquez (1599–1660) was opened at the National Gallery in London on October 18. The display immediately attracted a capacity crowd: the museum sold more than 11,000 tickets long before the official opening of the show. Thus, the exhibition proved to be more popular event among visitors than important displays of works by Vermeer, Titian and Caravaggio that had taken place at the Gallery earlier.
According to experts, more than 300,000 guests will visit the showcase (on view through October 18 – January 21). This is the all-time record for the Gallery since its foundation in 1824.

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Published in: on December 6, 2006 at 3:36 am  Leave a Comment  
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Paintings Too Perfect? The Great Optics Debate

It started personal and it stayed personal. Three years ago the artist David Hockney realized that he could not draw like Ingres. Worse yet, he thought that Andy Warhol could. Warhol’s drawings were confident, quick and correct. They had the cool assurance of a photograph. The reason was clear: Warhol made his drawings by tracing photographs.

Starting with that jangling observation, Mr. Hockney derived a new theory of art and optics: around 1430, centuries before anyone suspected it, artists began secretly using cameralike devices, including the lens, the concave mirror and the camera obscura, to help them make realistic-looking paintings. Mr. Hockney’s list of suspects includes van Eyck, Caravaggio, Lotto, Vermeer and of course the maddeningly competent draftsman Ingres. All of them, Mr. Hockney suggests, knew the magic of photographic projection. They saw how good these devices were at projecting a three-dimensional world onto a two-dimensional surface. And they just could not resist.

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Published in: on December 5, 2001 at 8:38 am  Leave a Comment  
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