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Sotheby’s New York Modern Evening Sale
An Impressionist painting of haystacks in a field.

Sotheby’s New York Modern Evening Sale

On Wednesday evening, Sotheby’s New York followed up their string of contemporary sales with something a little older. The Modern Evening sale consisted of fifty lots, mostly by nineteenth- and twentieth-century European and North American masters like Pablo Picasso, Mark … More…

The King’s New Portrait Has Some Divided
A portrait painting of King Charles III in a red military uniform against a red background with a butterfly hovering above his right shoulder.

The King’s New Portrait Has Some Divided

King Charles III has one of the most recognizable faces in the world, meaning his image and presentation is of paramount importance. This week, Buckingham Palace revealed His Majesty’s first official painted portrait as king, made by the British artist … More…

John Jacob Astor’s Timepiece Sets Titanic Record
Engraved gold pocket watch belonged to John Jacob Astor

John Jacob Astor’s Timepiece Sets Titanic Record

John Jacob Astor’s pocket watch, which he was wearing when his body was found, is now the most expensive Titanic memorabilia purchased at auction. John Jacob Astor, an American self-made millionaire, was a multifaceted individual who excelled as a businessman, … More…

Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Evening Sale
An abstract painting of a nude man crouching down on a board.

Sotheby’s New York Contemporary Evening Sale

This month’s sales at New York’s auction houses had a decent start last night at Sotheby’s with back-to-back contemporary sales. Things started at 6:30 pm with a short sale called The Now, featuring established giants and the best new artists … More…

Mothers In The Arts
A seventeenth-century portrait of a woman holding a panel with sketches of two young boys.

Mothers In The Arts

Until 1974, an American bank could refuse to issue a credit card to a woman in her own name. And if they approved her, many required a man to cosign for it. Some major universities did not accept female undergraduate students … More…

AI Spots Fakes Online
A photo of a landscape painting

AI Spots Fakes Online

A story has been making the rounds in the arts and culture sections of many respectable publications about the latest wonder pulled off by an artificial intelligence program. The Swiss company Art Recognition announced that one of its AIs identified … More…

Formerly Forgotten Caravaggio At The Prado
A Baroque Italian painting of Jesus wearing the crown of thorns.

Formerly Forgotten Caravaggio At The Prado

How did a seemingly second-rate Old Master painting end up being declared a lost masterpiece set to go on display at the Prado Museum in Madrid? In April 2021, a sale at Ansorena, a Madrid auction house, featured a seventeenth-century … More…

The New Old Frame
A fifteenth-century double portrait by Jan van Eyck

The New Old Frame

London’s National Gallery has recently stirred up a storm in the art world by replacing the frame for one of its main attractions, Jan van Eyck’s Arnolfini Wedding. This seemingly innocuous act has unexpectedly sparked a heated debate, leaving part of … More…

Monet & Auerbach Changing Hands
Bord de Mer by Claude Monet

Monet & Auerbach Changing Hands

This week saw two confiscated paintings make the news: in the United States, a Monet pastel drawing stolen by the Nazis may be returned to its owners’ descendants. Meanwhile, Britain’s National Crime Agency will auction off an Auerbach painting taken from a … More…