Detail of Smell by Rembrandt

After a calm August, the art world frenzy is starting to pick up and this week’s auction at Nye & Co in New Jersey caused great excitement among the Old Master dealers. This small work on board catalogued as Continental School, 19th century with an estimate of $500-800 sold for $870,000 believed to be a […]

"Self Portrait at the Age of 63" 1669
Oil on canvas, 86 x 70.5 cm
The National Gallery, London

London has two great Old Master exhibitions closing this week, the Moroni exhibition at the Royal Academy and the Rembrandt late works at the National Gallery. With Moroni we have the great portraitist of the Renaissance anticipating the realistic style of Caravaggio and later Manet; and Rembrandt, the undisputed star of the 17th century Dutch […]

Street art by Mehdi Ghanyanloo - Old Memories of Tehran 2009

This is not really a new story, but it feels fitting to start of a Monday, beginning of a week, a month and the summer. Mehdi Ghadyanloo has been decorating Tehran’s high-rises and office buildings for eight years now, and reportedly painted over one hundred walls! His surrealist dream-like scenes beautifully complements the minimalistic architectural […]

Attributed to Vicente Alban, "Yndia en trage de gala" and "Sra Prinsipal con su negra esclava"
Oil on canvas, 81.3 by 106 cm each
Sold for $641,000 at Sotheby's New York, 28 May 2014, Lot 60
Estimate $80,000-120,000

Look at this pair of Casta paintings (see below for info on Castas) that fetched $641,000 at Sotheby’s Latin Art Modern & Contemporary Sale! They were estimated at $80,000-120,000, which was very modest but to reach this level is really remarkable. Various museums and private collectors have focused on Colonial art, and good Casta paintings […]

Sandro Botticelli, "Study for a Seated St. Joseph"
Sotheby's London, 9th July 2014
Estimate £1-1.5million

Sotheby’s secures an impressive group of works for their July Old Master Paintings sale in London; one that was put together by Barbara Piasecka Johnson (1937-2013) wife of the late John Seward Johnson, co-founder of the Johnson & Johnson firm. On sale this summer will be 9 masterworks from this collection, sold to benefit the […]

The house in Brixton where van Gogh lived is open to visitors as part of the Artangel commission by Saskia Olde Wolbers who has an audio installation there, "Yes These are the Windows"

Artangel has introduced “Van Gogh Walk,” a free audio walk that re-imagines the emotional landscape of Vincent Van Gogh‘s London.  This collaboration with CoolTan Arts is inspired by the writings of van Gogh and CoolTan artists, and has been developed to be listened to anywhere in the world, but the content was developed in the […]

Map of Cennet/Cinnet (Paradise/Posessed) Island from The Utopie Folder

It is unfortunate that a country with such diverse history and rich culture like Turkey is repeatedly linked to censorship of the arts. One recent incident was in Spain when the Turkish Embassy in Madrid censored an international exhibition organized in 2013 with ARCOmadrid.  In the exhibition booklet, the explanatory notes to artist İz Öztat’s […]


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