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George W. Bush Publishing Book of His Paintings

It will feature 66 paintings and a mural the former president did of veterans

(Newser) - The next book from former President George W. Bush will be more about pictures than words, the AP reports. Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief's Tribute to America's Warriors will feature 66 paintings and a four-panel mural drawn by Bush of military veterans and those in active... More »

Shakespeare May Not Have Looked Like This

Portrait cleaning could alter the Bard's look in a big way

(Newser) - When you picture William Shakespeare, the image that likely comes to mind is the Chandos Portrait—the most famous portrait of the Bard and the only one known to have been painted during his lifetime, reports Smithsonian . But that doesn't mean it looks exactly like him, at least in... More »

Art World Has Nearly Solved 80-Year-Old Jigsaw Puzzle

René Magritte apparently cut 'The Enchanted Pose' into pieces

(Newser) - An "exciting art world jigsaw puzzle" is nearly complete after the third piece of a painting by Belgian artist René Magritte missing for more than 80 years was recently discovered hiding at the Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery in Britain, the Guardian reports. Magritte's The Enchanted Pose... More »

Degas Painting Panned as Discolored Hid Secret Image

Had Degas used thicker paint, the face may not have been possible to see

(Newser) - In 2008, a researcher in the Netherlands used an advanced X-ray technique to show that Vincent van Gogh's 1887 work "Patch of Grass" was actually done over an earlier painting of a woman's face. The practice is thought to have been common for van Gogh, with an... More »

In Bizarre Case, Artist Must Prove Painting Isn't His

Peter Doig says $5M lawsuit is a scam

(Newser) - A Canadian man claims he has an original painting by Peter Doig, whose works have sold for up to $26 million, per ArtNews . Doig says the painting isn't his. You'd think that would be the end the story, but no. In what the New York Times describes as... More »

$1.4M Painting of Nude Trump Triggers Death Threats

Illma Gore's piece hangs in London gallery

(Newser) - An LA-based artist is facing a possible lawsuit and alleged death threats over her painting of Donald Trump in the buff. Illma Gore's piece, "Making America Great Again," is hanging at the Maddox Gallery in London after US galleries refused to show it over security concerns, the... More »

Family Investigates Attic Leak, Makes $136M Find

The graphic painting depicts Biblical heroine Judith beheading an Assyrian general

(Newser) - Art experts may never agree on whether it is an authentic Caravaggio, but a painting one family found when checking a leak in the rafters of an old house in southern France may turn out to be worth upward of $136 million. The large canvas, which measures 56 inches by... More »

A 'New' Rembrandt Work Is Unveiled

He paints again, thanks to a computer program

(Newser) - Computers can master ancient games , drive cars , and have social-media meltdowns . But can they continue the work of a master painter who died more than 300 years ago? "That's an appealing question," professor Joris Dik tells International Business Times . Dik, along with assorted developers, art historians, and... More »

Inside the Fight Over a Cherished Van Gogh Seized in 1918

Grabbed by Bolsheviks, purchased by Singer heir, bequeathed to Yale

(Newser) - The case is Konowaloff v. Yale, 15-921; the story is fascinating; the outcome is crushing, at least for Konowaloff. Pierre Konowaloff in 2008 learned that "Night Cafe," a Vincent Van Gogh painting worth $200 million, had for almost five decades been hanging in a gallery at Yale University.... More »

Behind Mona Lisa's Smile: Another Woman?

Pascal Cotte used reflective light technology to analyze the paint layers

(Newser) - Will the real Mona Lisa please stand up—or at least send us a signal from within the paint layers? The art world is buzzing over a French scientist's claims that he discovered a portrait of another woman lurking beneath the top layer of the world's most famous... More »

Forger Claims 'Da Vinci' Work Is His Own Fake

Is that a noblewoman or Sally from the co-op?

(Newser) - It might be a da Vinci portrait of a 15th-century noblewoman. Or it might be a fake featuring a modern-day cashier named Sally. Or perhaps neither. Whatever the truth, a forger's "astonishing" claim in Britain has the art world buzzing, reports the Art Newspaper . The claim comes from... More »

Charge $170M Painting on AmEx, Fly Free Forever

Chinese billionaire collecting serious bonus points

(Newser) - Chinese billionaire Liu Yiqian, who doesn't exactly struggle to afford a plane ticket, can now likely fly free, in first class, with his whole family, anywhere in the world, for the rest of his life. All because he bought a painting. Liu was the winning bidder for Amedeo Modigliani'... More »

Nude Painting Fetches Record Sum in Auction

Modigliani's 'Reclining Nude' goes for $170M

(Newser) - A painting by Amedeo Modigliani has fetched $170.4 million at an auction in New York, setting a world record for the artist. "Reclining Nude" was sold at Christie's on Monday after a protracted bidding battle. It was the second highest price ever achieved at auction for a... More »

Mystery Buyer Spends Small Fortune on Cat Painting

All 42 cats in the painting are Persians and Angoras

(Newser) - There are cat enthusiasts and crazy cat ladies, and San Francisco art collector Kate Birdsall Johnson definitely liked her cats. The millionaire is said to have had some 350 felines at her 3,000-acre summer residence/cat ranch in Buena Vista, Calif., and invited artist Carl Kahler to do a portrait... More »

New Faces Revealed in Lincoln Death Painting

One-of-a-kind work by Carl Bersch is being restored

(Newser) - The sole "eyewitness painting" of Abraham Lincoln's murder is finally being restored—a process that's revealing haunted faces and the figure of a dying president, the Smithsonian reports. Painted by German immigrant Carl Bersch, who happened to be sketching a Union victory parade that night, "Lincoln... More »

$15M Picasso Sent as $37 Xmas Gift Returns Home

1911 painting was stolen more than 10 years ago from French storage room

(Newser) - A $15 million Pablo Picasso painting is back on display in a Paris museum after a long and unusual journey. La Coiffeuse (The Hairdresser) disappeared from a French storage room more than a decade ago, then turned up in a package from Belgium to New York last year—with a... More »

Kid Trips Into $1.5M Painting

The only Paolo Porpora artwork that's signed now has a fist-size hole in it

(Newser) - Elsewhere in the world, terrorists threaten art and antiquities , but in Taiwan tween boys holding beverages are the threat. A 12-year-old taking a guided tour with his mom at an art exhibit in Taipei lived out what was probably his (and his mother's) worst nightmare when he tripped next... More »

Missing for 14 Years, a $15M Picasso Returns Home

La Coiffeuse will be given the French government after its discovery in NY

(Newser) - A stolen painting by Pablo Picasso is back in the hands of the French government 14 years after it vanished from a Paris museum. The 1911 work La Coiffeuse (The Hairdresser) was discovered in December in a FedEx package sent to New York from Belgium. Though the package said it... More »

Mystery of Dismembered Painting Finally Solved

It took CSI-style tools to see past clumsy restorations

(Newser) - After centuries of mistreatment and nearly 50 years of mystery, a biblical painting in a Dutch museum has finally been declared an authentic Rembrandt. Experts say they needed "CSI-style" tools to authenticate Saul and David, which had been repeatedly over-painted in long-ago restorations and even cut in two at... More »

Van Gogh's Reds Aren't What They Used to Be

Researchers find 'missing link' explaining changing colors

(Newser) - Look at a Van Gogh painting today, and you're not quite getting the full effect. Reports in 2013, as cited in the Guardian , revealed that the paintings were fading; studies have found yellows are turning brown. The color red is also posing a problem in works like Wheat Stack ... More »

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