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Analysis Reveals Da Vinci's Own Edits on Drawing

Artist in youth wasn't quite the master he'd become

(Newser) - The first scientific study of Leonardo's earliest known drawing shows he added details to an earlier sketch, reports the AP . Director of the Uffizi Galleries, Eike Schmidt, says an initial microscopic examination of the 1473 "Landscape Drawing for Santa Maria della Neve" at a Florence restoration lab shows... More »

20 Knew It Was a Suspected Michelangelo. Now It's Gone

16th-century painting was about to be formally studied to see whether it was by the master

(Newser) - An expert was to survey a painting some believe to be a lost work of Michelangelo at a church outside of Brussels on Thursday, though you can now consider the visit canceled. Pastor Jan Van Raemdonck—who had told only 20 people about the possible discovery—reported the painting missing... More »

He Found Hitler's Horses. Now, a New Find for Art World's 'Indiana Jones'

Stolen Byzantine mosaic of St. Mark recovered by Arthur Brand, returned to Cyprus

(Newser) - Cyprus got quite a gift this weekend: a sixth-century mosaic that had been stolen in the '70s from a church about an hour outside the country's capital. The BBC reports that Arthur Brand—an investigator known as "the Indiana Jones of the art world"—recovered the... More »

He Bought the Painting for $180K. It Just Sold for $92M

Seattle Art Museum won't get Edward Hopper's 'Chop Suey' after all

(Newser) - When the gavel came down, an anonymous bidder was out $92 million and the art world was up in confidence. The scene unfolded Tuesday at Christie's in New York as work from the estate of late Seattle-area luxury-travel executive Barney Ebsworth was sold, per the Wall Street Journal . In... More »

Another Selfie Mishap, This One Caught on Video

Artworks by Salvador Dali, Francisco Goya now need fixing in Russia

(Newser) - An artwork by Salvador Dali is in need of repair after a selfie attempt gone wrong in Russia. Some women visiting Yekaterinburg's International Arts Center Main Avenue were reportedly attempting a selfie near a temporary wall showcasing two artworks—an etching by Spanish painter Francisco Goya and Dali's... More »

Da Vinci May Have Had Unique Advantage as Painter

Study suggests the artist had an eye disorder

(Newser) - Whole libraries have been written trying to explain how Leonardo da Vinci produced some of the world's most revered paintings. Now a new study suggests he had a biological edge: an eye disorder that affected his depth perception. In JAMA Ophthalmology , researchers make the case that da Vinci had... More »

Rembrandt Masterpiece to Get Unusual Restoration

Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum says years-long effort will be public

(Newser) - Conservators repairing a masterpiece of the Dutch Golden Age will have the added pressure of crowds watching their every move. Beginning in July, Amsterdam's Rijksmuseum will display the restoration of Rembrandt van Rijn's 1642 masterpiece "The Night Watch" from within a specially designed glass chamber in its... More »

Discovery of Da Vinci Work Began With Real-Estate Listing

It was spotted, restored, discovered to be from Leonardo; then it sold for $450M

(Newser) - A long-lost da Vinci sold at auction last year for a record $450.3 million, quite a jump from the $120 price it fetched in 1958, before anyone knew it was a work by the master. The Wall Street Journal has done some detective work to piece together the fascinating... More »

Some Bold Advice on What to Do With Your Kids' Art

Chuck it in the garbage, advises Mary Townsend

(Newser) - Parents hanging on to an ever-growing stockpile of their kids' drawings might be happy to read the advice of Mary Townsend: Toss it in the trash, she advises in an essay in the Atlantic . She started doing this herself—prompted in part because her mother began dropping off boxes of... More »

Hockney Painting May Make History

1972 work poised to become priciest artwork by a living artist sold at auction

(Newser) - In May, British painter David Hockney more than doubled his previous auction record with the $28.5 million sale of 1990's "Pacific Coast Highway and Santa Monica," per the BBC . Now, one of his most recognizable paintings could fetch nearly three times as much, reports CNN . In... More »

Just End for Painting Stolen by Nazis From Bank Vault

Granddaughter of late Jewish art collector thinks it's 'lovely'

(Newser) - "Lovely colors. Lovely painting," was Sylvie Sulitzer's reaction upon first seeing Pierre-Auguste Renoir's "Two Women in a Garden," a 1919 painting owned by her grandfather and stolen by Nazis. One of 13 paintings Jewish art collector and dealer Alfred Weinberger stored in a Paris... More »

Doc Says Disease, Not Da Vinci, Shaped Mona Lisa's Smile

Hypothyroidism theory points to swelled hands, weak facial muscles

(Newser) - The secret behind the world's most famous smile apparently escaped as a cardiologist spent 1.5 hours in line for a full viewing at the Louvre. "The enigma of the 'Mona Lisa' can be resolved by a simple medical diagnosis of a hypothyroidism-related illness," Mandeep Mehra... More »

Art Exhibit Made to Look Like 'Endless Chasm' Claims Victim

Luckily, visitor who got too close to Anish Kapoor's 8-foot-deep hole at Portugal museum will be OK

(Newser) - The "dizzying experience" of peering down into an "endless chasm in space" made a visitor to Portugal's Serralves Museum of Contemporary Art especially woozy, reports Artnet , and now the 60-year-old man is recuperating from his injuries. Last week, the Italian in Porto was checking out Chicago "... More »

Parents Get $132K Claim After Kid's Touch Ruins Sculpture

5-year-old sent 'Aphrodite di Kansas City' crashing to the ground

(Newser) - Wrangling 5-year-olds can be challenging. Failing to do so can apparently be expensive. Or so learned a Kansas couple, who say they may be on the hook for a $132,000 sculpture their young son knocked over. ABC News reports that while at the Tomahawk Ridge Community Center in Overland... More »

Buyer Wants $800K After Learning of Painting's Messy Past

Alain Dreyfus says Christie's should have figured out it had been stolen by the Nazis

(Newser) - The buyer of a painting reportedly stolen by Nazis wants some $800,000 from Christie's auction house, which he claims "didn't do enough work" to clear the provenance of Alfred Sisley's "First Day of Spring in Moret." French art dealer Alain Dreyfus says he... More »

They 'Didn't Like' the Vase. Then They Learned Its Value

Attic find from Qing Dynasty could fetch up to $850K

(Newser) - It's not $136 million in art , but it's not an ex-boyfriend , either. Rather, the latest attic find is a perfect condition Chinese vase from the 18th-century Qing dynasty. Its owners took the vase, reportedly made for the Qianlong Emperor, to be appraised at Sotheby's three months ago... More »

Rockefeller Art Auction Went Crazy

22 world records set at sale of David and Peggy Rockefeller's art holdings

(Newser) - Twenty-two world records have been set at a Christie's auction, including the $832 million total for the priciest private collection of artworks and other treasures, owned by Peggy and David Rockefeller . The late couple's family is donating all proceeds from this week's sale to charity. The final... More »

30 Years Later, Stolen Painting Being Returned

Marc Chagall work, stolen from a NYC apartment in 1988, is worth up to $900K

(Newser) - From the time his father purchased it for $50 in 1913, Ernest Heller was free to take in the dark brushstrokes of one of Marc Chagall's earliest works, "Othello and Desdemona." That changed when the 1911 painting and additional works by Renoir and Picasso were stolen from... More »

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 »

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