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Still Missing: The Skylight Caper
A black-and-white photograph of a still life painting featuring a globe and a skull

Still Missing: The Skylight Caper

All I wanted to do was a single post about unsolved art thefts. However, I have a habit of going down rabbit holes, so now it has morphed into a five-part series that I’m calling Still Missing. It’s about some of … More…

Trompe L’Oeil: Optical Illusions In Art
A painting of a cat and a wooden log breaking through the back of a painting.

Trompe L’Oeil: Optical Illusions In Art

In certain genres or styles, some painters wish to express their talents through deception. Almost as if to say, “I’m so good I made you look twice.” Most often, this takes the form of painting something so realistic that the … More…

Assange Or Art?
Julian Assange

Assange Or Art?

Julian Assange has been one of the most controversial figures of the twenty-first century. As the founder of WikiLeaks, he received praise for his journalism concerning American military involvement in the Middle East. However, he later came under fire for his … More…

More Art At The Airport
Stained glass windows

More Art At The Airport

Last year, the Italian government, in an attempt to promote the country’s art and culture to incoming tourists, set up a display case in the middle of Terminal 1 at Fiumicino Airport, just outside of Rome. There, travelers could view a … More…

Italy Gifts Replica Of Destroyed Statue To Iraq
A group of men in suits inspecting a large sculpture

Italy Gifts Replica Of Destroyed Statue To Iraq

Iraq recently received a gift from Italy, replacing an ancient artifact destroyed in 2015. Restoration expert Nicola Salvioli led a team to re-create a ninth-century BCE Assyrian statue from the ancient city of Nimrud in Iraq. Dubbed The Bull of … More…

Street Art Digitization In The UK
A piece of graffiti showing a prisoner rappelling down a brick wall with a long piece of paper coming from a typewriter.

Street Art Digitization In The UK

A British arts charity has announced that it will add several thousand pieces of street art to its public art database. The charity Art UK, founded in 2003, works to provide online access to every public art collection in Britain. The … More…

Queen’s Painting Heads To Auction
An untitled abstract painting mainly in blue and yellow

Queen’s Painting Heads To Auction

Royals involved in the arts is far from a new concept. For centuries, royalty and nobility served as the primary patrons for visual artists. More recently, however, many crowned heads have dabbled in their own creative pursuits. King Charles III … More…

An Update On The Frankenthaler Foundation
The artist Helen Frankenthaler receiving the National Medal of Arts, standing with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

An Update On The Frankenthaler Foundation

In November 2023, some drama within the Helen Frankenthaler Foundation was made public through a lawsuit brought by one of its former board members. And now, we have one of the first updates in the story since it broke. Not only … More…

Sotheby’s New York “A Scholar Collects” Sale
A bust-length pastel portrait of a woman against a gray background.

Sotheby’s New York “A Scholar Collects” Sale

On Wednesday, January 31st, both Christie’s and Sotheby’s hosted a series of sales centered on Old Masters. While these sales mostly did not perform as well as expected, the one exception was the first sale of the day, entitled A … More…