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Rock Art Dating Back Millennia May Be More Than Just Art

Painting found in India could be one of the oldest (if not the oldest) sky charts ever found

(Newser) - We can't exactly chat with ancient humans about their lives, but their art gives us glimpses, and a new find in India sheds literal light on a cosmic event they may have witnessed. Quartz cites a new study in the Indian Journal of History of Science in which scientists... More »

Met Forced to Defend Painting of Girl in Provocative Pose

Petition asks that 'Thérèse Dreaming' by Balthus be taken down

(Newser) - As one New York City institution wrestles with high-profile molestation accusations , another finds itself the target of outcry over the "sexualization" of a young girl—in a painting. The Metropolitan Museum of Art says it will not take down the 1938 painting "Thérèse Dreaming" by the... More »

Outrage Over Naked Game of Tag in Nazi Gas Chamber

Video filmed at Stutthof camp part of 2015 art exhibition in Poland

(Newser) - The 5-minute video shows a group of naked people playing tag. Now Holocaust survivor groups want to know how the video was allowed to be filmed inside a gas chamber at a former Nazi camp where 65,000 people were killed, the BBC reports. According to the Independent , The Game ... More »

Quarter-Mile Tribute to Whales Looking for New Home

It's North America's longest painting, completed in 1848, and it's newly restored

(Newser) - A museum has restored the longest painting in North America so it can share the story of American whaling with the public. The New Bedford Whaling Museum enlisted the help of a textile conservator to fix the "Grand Panorama of a Whaling Voyage Round the World." Now it'... More »

Famed Holocaust Artist, Survivor Allegedly a Fake

Rosemarie Koczy's life story is questioned

(Newser) - Rosemarie Koczy's drawings displayed at the Guggenheim and the World Holocaust Remembrance Center are haunting—not at all surprising given that Koczy described them as "burials for those I saw die" in concentration camps as a child. And yet the authenticity of that statement, and of the German-born... More »

Missing for 85 Years, Last Piece of Lost Painting Found

René Magritte cut up 'The Enchanted Pose,' painted over it

(Newser) - "It is the end of a great adventure," says Samir Al-Haddad at the Royal Museums of Fine Arts of Belgium. Belgian researchers say they've found the fourth and final piece of a surrealist master's missing work, ending a search that's lasted more than 80 years,... More »

In US Army Vault, 'Heinous' Art Includes a Hitler Bust

Andrew Beaujon explores Nazi art collection at Fort Belvoir

(Newser) - Getting to the 3-foot bust of Adolf Hitler, taken from his mountaintop retreat known as the Eagle's Nest, was a monthslong effort. Even on the day that Andrew Beaujon would set his eyes upon it, he had to pass through a security gate, drive a mile to its host... More »

US Couple Forced to Give Up Their $1.75M Pissarro

Artwork had been looted from Jewish family by French Vichy regime during WWII

(Newser) - A US couple loaned a valuable Camille Pissarro painting to a Paris museum earlier this year—and now they've lost it for good. "La Cueillette des Pois," or "Picking Peas," by the impressionist master was displayed in an exhibition at Marmottan and was recognized there... More »

There's a Dead Body Hiding in 1889 Van Gogh

It belongs to an unlucky grasshopper

(Newser) - Painting outdoors allowed Vincent Van Gogh a firsthand look at the landscapes that would become the subjects of his masterpieces. But the routine wasn't without, well, pests. As part of a study of 104 paintings from France, conservator Mary Schafer at Kansas City's Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art recently... More »

Letter Drops Tantalizing Clue About a Missing Painting

The locations of 15 of Miguel Cabrera's 16 casta paintings are known

(Newser) - As far as art mysteries go, it's a good one, thanks in no small part to a very tantalizing clue. Miguel Cabrera, described by the Los Angeles Times as the "greatest" Mexican painter of the mid-18th century, famously painted a single casta: a set of what is usually... More »

Artist Sues Hotel Over Bedbugs, Splatters, Pornography

Yves Clement says multi-million-dollar art collection damaged while on display

(Newser) - Imagine the disgusting and depraved things a hotel headboard sees over the years. Now imagine that hotel headboard is actually part of a multi-million-dollar art collection. Consumerist reports that's the gist of a lawsuit filed this week by French painter Yves Clement. Back in 2005, Clement created hundreds of... More »

Odd Story of Trump's Allegedly Fake Renoir Surfaces

The Art Institute of Chicago says it is sure its version is authentic

(Newser) - First fake news, now fake art? According to Donald Trump biographer Tim O'Brien, the president has a fake version of impressionist painting "Two Sisters (On the Terrace)" by Pierre-Auguste Renoir—only Trump asserts that it's an original. On Vanity Fair's Inside the Hive podcast, O'Brien... More »

He Loaned His Pissarro to This Museum. Then, a Lawsuit.

Simon Bauer's relatives say it was confiscated by the Vichy regime during WWII

(Newser) - Back in 1995, when they spent $800,000 on a work by impressionist painter Camille Pissarro in New York, Bruce Toll claims he had no idea the canvas had been looted by the Vichy regime during World War II. "I just know that I bought the painting from Christie'... More »

Portraits of Obamas Will Be a 1st for National Portrait Gallery

Smithsonian hires black artists to paint presidential portraits for 1st time

(Newser) - For the first time ever, the Smithsonian has hired black artists to paint the president and first lady for its National Portrait Gallery, the Wall Street Journal reports. Kehinde Wiley will paint Barack Obama, who requested him specifically. Wiley is known for juxtaposing his subjects—often young black men in... More »

Giant Nude Woman Could Grace US Capital

Festival wants to install 45-foot-tall statue on National Mall

(Newser) - It's entirely possible that tourists visiting the National Mall between November and March will be treated to views of the White House, the Washington Monument, and a 45-foot-tall, 16,000-pound naked woman. The Washington Post reports organizers of the third-annual Catharsis on the Mall festival are seeking permission to... More »

Sexy Buildings Prove Too Hot for the Louvre

Museum pulls Dutch sculpture

(Newser) - A bit of x-rated architecture has the Louvre worrying about the potential corruption of young minds. The New York Times reports the venerable French museum has decided not to display "Domestikator," a 40-foot-tall installation by Dutch art collective Atelier Van Lishout. It was supposed to be unveiled in... More »

'Lost' 400-Year-Old Portrait Found Above Fireplace

Dirt, additions of other artists had obscured its identity

(Newser) - A man's day out with his family resulted in the discovery of a 400-year-old painting of "perhaps one of the most famous gay men in history" by one of the most important painters in history, the Guardian reports. The story is only slightly less surprising because that man... More »

They Ate Their Friend. Then They Made Art

15K-year-old human radial bone shows signs of ritual cannibalism

(Newser) - The radius and the ulna bones of the forearm were separated at the joint, cleaned, and chewed. But that was only the start of a cannibalistic ritual taking place in England some 15,000 years ago, scientists say after analyzing a bone with unusual markings found in a cave in... More »

Why Met Museum's Vase Is Sitting in an Evidence Room

The Met bought it at Sotheby's, but it may have been looted from a grave

(Newser) - For 2,300 years, the painted vase has shown a scene involving the god Dionysus. For just under 30 of those years, it's been in the possession of the Metropolitan Museum of Art—and for the last week or so, it's been stored in the evidence room of... More »

Alice Cooper Finds Vintage Warhol 'Rolled Up in a Tube'

It's been in storage for decades

(Newser) - Some people forget where they put their keys; others forget they own an Andy Warhol masterpiece that could be worth $10 million. That's how the Daily Beast frames a recent discovery by rock star Alice Cooper, who, for more than 40 years, has had in his keep a silkscreen... More »

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