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Paris Prepares For Olympics
The western facade of Notre-Dame de Paris

Paris Prepares For Olympics

Paris will host the Olympic games next summer, and the city’s top spots, particularly its cultural institutions, are battening down the hatches. The city already announced that the famous riverside booksellers, the bouquinistes, will be relocated for the opening ceremonies. … More…

Christie’s London Josefowitz Rembrandt Collection
An etching of Saint Jerome reading in the wilderness next to a lion.

Christie’s London Josefowitz Rembrandt Collection

At the end of the auction marathon on Thursday, December 7th, was another installment from the Sam Josefowitz Collection. The sale in London consisted of sixty-nine lots, all “graphic masterpieces” by the Dutch Golden Age artist Rembrandt van Rijn. Every … More…

Bouvier Affair At An End (Maybe)
Leonardo_da_Vinci_or_Boltraffio_(attrib)_Salvator_Mundi_circa_1500

Bouvier Affair At An End (Maybe)

The Bouvier affair has been one of the most prolific feuds the art world has experienced in the past ten years. We’ve been covering it since it first started in 2015. And now it seems like it’s finally coming to … More…

Bonhams Paris Impressionist & Modern Sale
Bernard Buffet's seascape showing a large yacht moored in the harbor next to a thin lighthouse on the right

Bonhams Paris Impressionist & Modern Sale

Thursday, December 7th, saw a wave of action across the London and Paris auction houses. Christie’s, Sotheby’s, and Bonhams all hosted sales ranging from antiquities to Old Masters to early twentieth-century work. It also marked the last day at the … More…

Diego Rivera And How Art Can Create Change
A photograph of Diego Rivera and his xolo dog

Diego Rivera And How Art Can Create Change

Many famous figures have their own quotes about the power of art and its ability to change people’s minds and the world. However, there are few people whose lives have embodied those kinds of sayings than Diego Rivera. Some people … More…

Lost Botticelli Rediscovered
A Renaissance-era painting of the Virgin Mary and the baby Jesus.

Lost Botticelli Rediscovered

Often, when I write about a rediscovered long-lost masterwork, the person who had it often had no idea that they owned such a rare, valuable work by a great master. However, when Italian authorities seized a painting from a southern … More…

Second Mona Lisa? Or Just A Copy?
A portrait of a woman in dark clothing between two columns against a landscape background.

Second Mona Lisa? Or Just A Copy?

The Mona Lisa is one of the world’s most iconic and enigmatic paintings. Art historians and amateur detectives have combed over the work, looking for answers to everything, from da Vinci’s technique to the possible real location of the fantasy … More…

Macallan Adami 1926 Makes Headlines
Rare bottle of Macallan Adami 1926

Macallan Adami 1926 Makes Headlines

In the world of top-shelf whiskies, a bottle of Macallan Adami 1926 recently made headlines for its jaw-dropping sale price, surpassing what most people spend on houses, luxury items, or even a lifetime supply of soda – if you like … More…

Napoleon & David: Historical Painting vs. Historical Accuracy
On the left, Jacques-Louis David's portrait of Napoleon Bonaparte in a white and blue military uniform. On the right, a self-portrait of Jacques-Louis David with a palette and a brush in his hands.

Napoleon & David: Historical Painting vs. Historical Accuracy

Ridley Scott’s latest historical epic film Napoleon, released in the US and UK on November 22nd, tries to tell the story of the Corsican-born French artillery general who ascended to rule most of Continental Europe for over a decade. Though … More…

Valparaiso Deaccession Lawsuit Dismissed
An impressionist painting showing a promontory painted mainly in blues and greens shrouded in mist and cloud across a body of water.

Valparaiso Deaccession Lawsuit Dismissed

At the beginning of the year, news started coming out of Indiana’s Valparaiso University about a local scandal surrounding the deaccession of several paintings from the university’s museum. And now, the university might be able to proceed after a judge … More…

Stolen Edouard Cortès Recovered
flower market by the Madeleine - Edouard Cortes

Stolen Edouard Cortès Recovered

In 1966, Louis Edelman, gallery manager and salesman for the Arnot Gallery at 250 West 57th Street, decided to leave his job there to open his own gallery nearby. It was later discovered that during his tenure, Edelman was selling … More…

Banksy’s Real Name? Who Cares?
A person in a mask and a black hoodie holding up a can of spray paint in front of their face

Banksy’s Real Name? Who Cares?

Mystery is something humans are transfixed by. Information omitted or questions left unanswered often draw the attention of those who might not have been interested in the thing the mystery surrounds in the first place. It’s interesting to look at … More…

A Fresh Take On European Paintings At The Met
A portrait of a dark-skinned woman in a white robe, a Bengali nurse named Joanna de Silva, painted by the British artist William Wood in the 1790s

A Fresh Take On European Paintings At The Met

In March 2023, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York closed all the forty-five galleries dedicated to European painting. This was the culmination of a five-year, $150 million project to fix the roof, skylights, and HVAC systems for that … More…

Frankenthaler Foundation Hit With A Lawsuit
The artist Helen Frankenthaler receiving the National Medal of Arts, standing with President George W. Bush and First Lady Laura Bush.

Frankenthaler Foundation Hit With A Lawsuit

Many prominent twentieth-century artists wanted to ensure that the success they earned through lifetimes could go on to support other artists in the future. That is why many foundations and other groups named after such artists are set up with … More…

The Orlando Basquiats: Former Director Sues
An abstract, grafitti-like portrait showing a crowned head against a black background on a piece of cardboard

The Orlando Basquiats: Former Director Sues

Aaron de Groft, the disgraced former director of the Orlando Museum of Art (OMA), is the subject of a lawsuit brought by the museum accusing him of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and conspiracy. On Tuesday, he countersued the museum … More…

Christie’s NY 20th Century Evening Sale
A large impressionist painting of waterlilies on a blue and green pond.

Christie’s NY 20th Century Evening Sale

The Emily Fisher Landau collection sold that at Sotheby’s on Wednesday, November 8th, was a tough act to follow. Upon its conclusion, it became the most expensive sale of the year, featuring some of the most valuable lots sold at … More…