A WONDERFULLY EXECUTED FALSE FRANS HALS REIMBURSED BY SOTHEBY'S Sold five years ago for nearly £ 8.5million, a magnificent 17th-century portrait of a man given to Dutch artist Frans Hals was reimbursed to its buyer by Sotheby's after an analysis revealed that 'it was a skillfully executed scythe. The specialists of Dutch painting were stunned by the result of this analysis. It shows that the author is probably the greatest plagiarist of all time, so much he was inspired by t
8 apps showing you the history of a painting, the value of the painting, the location, anecdotes and quotes, etc. A mine of information for the art amateur, but also the expert. 1/ Google Arts & Culture, the most comprehensive Recently contested for "Face match" functionality, which offers to find your arty twin, the application also has another potential! Like breathtaking virtual tours (Taj Mahal, Frida Kahlo museum, etc.), works in very high definition or mini thematic fil
Often plagiarized, Modigliani continues to be the subject of a lively fight between specialists. Particularly, Marc Restellini, who had prepared the last "catalogue raisonne" of the artist and whose documents were litterally taken by the Wildenstein-Plattner institute, which wants to put it online for free. Restellini decided to file a complaint against Wildenstein-Plattner before the federal court of New York for having infringed his rights.
Restellini worked for many year
1/ Hans van Meegeren, the Vermeer more real than life "I painted it myself. I painted them all…" To escape the death penalty, incurred for selling Dutch treasures to the German enemy during the Second World War, Han van Meegeren had spat out the piece. A gifted portrait painter, he had mounted the biggest scam of false works by Dutch masters, using, with the help of an accomplice restorer of paintings, pigments and period supports. His true-to-life Vermeers had even duped the
In our western societies and until the Middle Ages, artists remained, with a few exceptions, utterly anonymous behind their works. Indeed, it is God guided that the hand of the craftsman transcended the material by reproducing an image dictated from Heaven. The skill of the performer only reinforced the idea that such achievements could only have a divine origin. It was from the end of the Middle Ages and the Italian Renaissance that workshops and then artists became "Stars"
Artificial intelligence is sometimes presented as the devil, who will destroy all jobs and leave all men unemployed, in misery, by giving power to a few companies that will control all the data and steal our identity. In particular, European countries are often presented as inevitable victims of this future, since they do not own any of the big companies in this sector, whose owners are and will be mainly Chinese and American. These dangers are real. And the battle for scient
The president of the auction house Pierre Bergé & Associés, an expert in Mediterranean archeology, a former curator of the Louvre, a renowned Parisian gallery owner and an art dealer were arrested on Monday and Tuesday by agents of the Central Office against trafficking in the cultural property (OCBC). These respected people from the world of antiques in Paris are suspected of having "laundered" antiques and works of art stolen or looted in several countries. Countries plague
"May come the day (and maybe soon) when I will run away to the woods on an island in Oceania, live there in ecstasy, calm and art. Surrounded by a new family, far from this European struggle after money. There in Tahiti, I will be able, in the silence of the beautiful tropical nights, to listen to the soft murmuring music of the movements of my heart in loving harmony with the mysterious beings around me. Finally, free, without the worry of money and could love, sing, and die
Monday, January 31, 1977: It is in an electric atmosphere that the President of the Republic Valéry Giscard d'Estaing inaugurates the Center Georges Pompidou, a project supported by his predecessor (whose name the museum bears) and in which he does not believe. His speech, smooth and sluggish, barely salutes the titanic work that has just been achieved by teams that have succeeded in bringing out of the ground, in the heart of Paris, a cultural place of a radically new genre.
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Whether it is temporary or voluntary, will the increased use of digital technology remain a long parenthesis - that imposed to respond to two months of confinement - or will it serve as an experience, an example for building the next phase? The question arises for many cultural and economic activities, from museums to cinema, from exposure to the art market. It also concerns art schools, which will not reopen before the fall and which have been forced for a long time to opera
1/ Art can be insured "What is imposed by conventional insurance contracts is not adapted to the realities of the art world", explains Hadrien Brissaud, co-founder in 2016, with Édouard Bernard, of the brokerage company Appia Art & Assurance. Both amateurs and collectors, the two partners, are exclusively dedicated to the insurance of works of art, collectibles, and exhibition spaces. By negotiating with large insurance companies such as AXA Art, Hiscox, Allianz, Helvetia, an
The auction houses closed their doors and had to fall back, due to confinement, to online or closed-door operations, showing a cumulative drop in sales of more than 80%. Still, demand remains strong and the sector dynamic, said Monday, the regulator of the sector. This Monday, exhibitions, and sales resumed at the Drouot auction house, a place symbolic of the auction world in France. In a study, the Voluntary Sales Council (CVV) identified the 175 auctions organized during co
Paris. The Professional Committee of Art Galleries (CPGA) sounded the alarm a few days ago by indicating - based on a study carried out among the 279 member galleries - that a third of them could "not fail to maintain their activity in the second half of 2020". Immersed in uncertainty, the French gallery owners "are sailing by sight," explains Anne-Sarah Bénichou, director of the gallery of the same name in Paris. The entire calendar depends on other cultural players and is b
At the National Library of France, the retrospective "Tolkien, voyage to Middle-earth", devoted to the work of the writer, is in full swing. After a rather classic communication at the launch of the event, in October 2019, the museum has just started a second, more original phase to revive interest. It is played on Instagram. At the helm, Camille Jouneaux, thirty-four, better known as @ la.minute.culture on Instagram. Since mid-December, his account has posted a story about T
The Forbidden City in Beijing will reopen on Friday after three months of closure due to the new coronavirus crisis, the latest sign of a return to normal in China, authorities said. The Palace of Middle Harmony in the Forbidden City of Beijing.
The imperial palace near Tiananmen Square closed its doors on January 25, when authorities decreed the closure of all tourist attractions and the confinement of an entire province.
The number of tourists allowed to enter will be onl
Galleries and fairs (like Art Basel Hong Kong ) are not the only ones to have invested in the Web to maintain a commercial activity. The auction houses, which benefit from well-honed tools, quickly adapted with notable successes. However, in the surge of digital content produced by museums, few of them curiously relate to current exhibitions. EXHIBITIONS ARE STRUGGLING TO EXPOSE THEMSELVES ON THE WEB If cultural institutions quickly put forward their usual digital content (wo
Art galleries fear an escalation of bankruptcies, and fairs will face the consequences of the coronavirus crisis violently, while the profession tries to organize itself to deal with it. "We have all tried to tighten the bolts but it is the impression of a tsunami: the sea is receding and we do not know how the wave will arrive" , summarizes AFP Emmanuel Perrotin , whose gallery of international stature is not threatened. But he is worried about the disappearance of small str
New York. The Covid-19 crisis could profoundly transform the landscape of American museums. According to the American Alliance of Museums (AAM), a grouping of several thousand cultural establishments across the Atlantic, up to a third of museums may not reopen if the crisis continues. This represents approximately 11,000 locations, located "mainly in small and rural communities". "Most of the museums in the United States are very small structures. 49% of our members have team
The image soon went around the world. And history is now part of the legend. On October 5, during the auction of Banksy's Girl With Balloon at Sotheby's, a dramatic coup! No sooner was the work auctioned (for the tidy sum of 1.2 million euros) than it slipped from its frame before being ground ( shredded in English) by it, under the dumbfounded gaze of the public. On Instagram, the artist shared the video of the scene, accompanied by a quote attributed to Picasso: "The urge t