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Old Masters

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Art market

UK buyer bags Artemisia Gentileschi painting for a record €4.8m in Paris

Work depicting Roman heroine Lucretia was in a private collection for 40 years

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Auctions

A portrait of Rembrandt sold for more than 30 times its estimate—could it be by the Dutch master himself?

High price for painting at Christie’s in New York last week is prompting speculation but expert says his money is on Isaac de Jouderville

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Art fairs

A mix of old and new brings fresh collectors to Tefaf New York Fall though sales remain slow

Attempting to capitalise on the crossover collecting trend, the fourth edition of the Dutch fair brings in Modern and contemporary art to complement its historical focus

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Art market

'Kitchen Cimabue' sells for €24.1m

Rediscovered painting, found in a French house clearance, is the first work by the 13th century Florentine artist to be sold at auction in living memory

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Exhibitions

Munich exhibition uses X-rays to lay bare Anthony van Dyck's creative methods

Research project conducted by Alte Pinakothek reveals how the Flemish painter developed and reworked his canvases

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Exhibitions

Louvre Leonardo show: forget Salvator Mundi, focus on Vasari

Forthcoming exhibition on the Renaissance master reveals ground-breaking new research on Italian literary sources

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Exhibitions

Paris exhibition to cast El Greco in new light

Survey at the Grand Palais aims to distance itself from the stereotypes usually associated with the artist

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Art market

Is this a Raphael? Madonna and Child painting to be auctioned at Dorotheum in Vienna

The work, previously unknown to scholars, was until now in a private ducal collection

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Exhibitions

Pieter de Hooch steps out from Vermeer's shadow in new Delft show

First survey in the Netherlands puts the spotlight back onto the ‘other’ Golden Age painter

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Discoveries

Sotheby's to offer newly discovered Mantegna drawing

Preparatory sketch for The Triumph of Caesar will go on sale in New York in January

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Art market

'New' Artemisia Gentileschi to be auctioned in Paris

Painting of Lucretia has been in a private collection in Lyon for the past 40 years and is estimated to sell for over €600,000

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Exhibitions

Despite Brexit, Britain is biggest lender to Louvre’s Leonardo blockbuster show

Speculation remains over whether Salvator Mundi will appear

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Art market

This could be the first Cimabue painting to be sold at auction in recent times

Panel depicting the Mocking of Christ will go on sale at French auction house, in collaboration with Eric Turquin, in October

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Exhibitions

Albertina’s Albrecht Dürer drawings enjoy a rare outing

Exhibition will bring together Vienna museum’s collection with key loans from European institutions, as well as unveiling a raft of new theories

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Giuliano Ruffini

Old Master fakes scandal: warrant issued for dealer Giuliano Ruffini as painter Lino Frongia arrested

Suspect has been jailed in northern Italy over case that has embroiled major international museums and dealers

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Art market

Is this $30m portrait the 'last Botticelli'?

Painting will be exhibited at Frieze Masters next month, after a "style of Botticelli" sleeper sold for over £6m at Zurich auction in June

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Museums & Heritage

The William Blakes that got away—and why

As the Tate Britain show opens, we reveal the inside story of the Tate’s failure to acquire 19 watercolours from a portfolio that turned up in a Glasgow bookshop

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Museums & Heritage

UK's most valuable museum acquisition in a decade? National Gallery set to buy Gentileschi masterpiece

The Finding of Moses, currently on loan at the London museum, is owned by sofa-billionaire Graham Kirkham

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Top of the Pods: Artemisia Gentileschi and the forgotten female Old Masters

We look back at the women who were written out of art history with National Gallery curator Letizia Treves, Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum director Jordana Pomeroy and artist Helen Cammock

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Restoration

Delicate seven-year restoration of altarpiece finally completed at London's National Gallery

The 16th-century work The Virgin and Child with Saints is now back on show in the museum

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Attribution

Hidden number discovered in conservation helps reveal painting is from Titian's workshop

Part of the Wellington Collection in London, the picture was originally believed to be by a minor north Italian artist

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Law

Family claims quarter share of disputed Isleworth Mona Lisa

The painting, long the subject of an attribution dispute, is now at the centre of a legal conflict over ownership

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Art market

Price match! Old Masters vs contemporary art: what can you get for your money?

As London's Classic Week of sales comes to a close, we take a look at what the same sum will buy you at either end of the art historical timeline

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Art market

Sofa King's collection plumps up Sotheby's Old Master sale—helped by a suite of guarantees

Five lots from the DFS founder Graham Kirkham's collection made up almost half of the value of the £56.3m London sale, which was led by a late Turner

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Art market

Did US collector Tom Hill buy the 'lost Caravaggio'?

France's Gazette Drouot claims that Hill might have bought the painting and it could be headed for the Met in New York, according to a source

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Art market

Ignored by the Louvre, 'lost' Caravaggio bought in private sale is destined for 'important museum'

Estimated to sell between €100m-€150m at auction on Friday, an anonymous buyer has snapped up the disputed painting that was discovered in a French attic

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Leaders

Comment | Cupid ‘outing’ in Vermeer painting is the right move

The uncovered figure changes the composition of Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window

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Leonardo da Vinci

Louvre struggles to gain loans for Leonardo show

High-level diplomacy is being used to secure the artist’s most important works for blockbuster anniversary show in Paris

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Leonardo da Vinci

Italy secures loan of Leonardo da Vinci's Benois Madonna from Russia's Hermitage museum

There has been intense competition to borrow works by the artist during the 500th anniversary of his death this year

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Art market

With loot from two veteran dealers and one artist, Christie’s Old Masters sales push $50m

A Dutch double portrait from Frank Stella's collection led the New York auctions by fetching $10m

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Art market

Spanish still-lifes test the staying power of a dealer's legacy at Christie's

Two works from the private collection of renowned New York dealer Herman Schickman, previously on long-term loan to the Met, hit the auction block today

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Obituaries

Remembering Jayne Wrightsman

A reminiscence of the New York socialite, arts patron and philanthropist by Keith Christiansen, the chairman of the Met's European Paintings Department

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Art market

Should dealers reveal past prices in provenance?

London case surrounding Brueghel painting raises questions over whether a work's full sales history should be listed—even when that shows a big markup

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Art market

'I would give my head to be cut off—like Holofernes!' Eric Turquin on the Caravaggio attribution

The Old Master specialist who researched the provenance of the recently attributed painting on the joys of exploring French attics

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

From Moroni's inventive portraiture to Hans Op de Beeck's dreamlike world

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Contemporary art

Artist installs mirror into panel of famous Ghent Altarpiece for new project

Kris Martin says his addition to the Flemish masterpiece turns observers into “just judges”

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Van Ham to auction 4,000 contemporary works from SØR Rusche collection

Dutch Old Masters in the retailer’s corporate collection are to be sold at Sotheby’s

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Acquisitions

Kimbell Art Museum fêtes International Women's Day with Anne Vallayer-Coster acquisition

Still Life With Mackerel demonstrates the French 18th-century artist's virtuosity in the genre

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Art market

Getting Old Masters' sexy back: Colnaghi to take over Venetian abbey for Biennale show

London-based gallery will team up with interior designer Chahan to create "home of a 21st-century Grand Tourist" in the medieval Abbazia di San Gregorio

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Rembrandt special: the complete artist

As shows marking the 350th anniversary of the Old Master's death open, we look at his masterpieces at the Rijksmuseum, Dulwich Picture Gallery and the British Museum. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art Fund

Museums—just places for a bit of peace and quiet?

The Art Fund's latest report concludes that museums and galleries offer a way to de-stress—but they should not just a place for calm and comfort

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Art market

Drawings prove the main draw for collectors at New York’s Master Week sales

Sotheby’s sees strong sales for works on paper by Rubens and Carracci while interest in masterworks by female artists slowly rises

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Gender reassignment: how dealers tried to attribute female Old Master paintings as work by men

On The Art Newspaper podcast, we find out about the scandalous faking of signatures helped keep a female painter out of the spotlight

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Sisters are painting it for themselves: meet the female Old Masters finding prominence at last

We speak to curators Letizia Treves and Jordana Pomeroy about the growing trend to bring historical female artists to the fore. Plus, Kate MacGarry tells us about participating in Condo London. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Old Masters

Brickmaker moves out of construction and into Old Masters investment, buying a $75m Michelangelo painting

New US owner of former Chinese building-materials business turns to lucrative fractional ownership of art

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Old Masters

Heart-stopping: man has heart attack in front of Botticelli

Another tourist had an epileptic fit in front of the artist's Venus in 2016

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Exhibitions

London's National Gallery plans major Artemisia Gentileschi show in 2020

Exhibition of Europe’s greatest female Old Master will include museum's freshly conserved acquisition

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Art market

Jump-bidding for Rembrandt's fingerprints and a tale of two Van Dycks: dispatches from London's Old Master auctions

Christie's and Sotheby's sell near identical Van Dyck portraits of Princess Mary, and new records are set for Frans Hals and a jolly Judith Leyster

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Exhibitions

Piero della Francesca exhibition at the State Hermitage Museum is largest ever—with 11 works

Half of movable works by Renaissance master included in St Petersburg show

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Renaissance

Isenheim Altarpiece restoration finally back on track after public outcry

More than 30 conservators will treat paintings and sculptures, seven years after French culture ministry halted reckless cleaning of two panels

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Art market

Tefaf drops dealers and auction house specialists from vetting committees

Move brings Dutch and New York art fairs in line with each other

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Art market

Eric Albada Jelgersma's Old Master collection estimated to make over £26m at Christie's

Pair of portraits by Frans Hals expected to lead two-day sale of collection of Dutch entrepreneur, who was advised by the dealer Robert Noortman

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Conservation & Preservation

Family reunited: US exhibition brings together the pieces of cut-up 17th-century Frans Hals portrait

Toledo Museum of Art in Ohio shows three paintings confirmed as one original work by recent conservation

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Conservation & Preservation

Titian's Crucifixion work torn after falling from the wall in Spain's Royal Monastery

Sixteenth-century painting of Christ on the cross was rushed immediately for conservation

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Conservation & Preservation

Is Bergamo’s rediscovered Mantegna linked to a triptych in the Uffizi?

Accademia Carrara’s curator Giovanni Valagussa explains how he put “two and two” together

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Exhibitions

Under the skin of Jusepe de Ribera’s ‘extreme violence’ at the Dulwich Picture Gallery

First major UK exhibition of Spanish artist aims to show how his brutal realism was informed by classicism

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Exhibitions

Rembrandt the master printmaker—and shrewd market manipulator

Denver Art Museum's exhibition of the Old Master's prints looks at how he “intentionally made rarities” for his collectors

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Art market

Sticking the knife into the patriarchy: Artemisia Gentileschi painting to be sold for the first time in Vienna

The female Italian Baroque artist's depiction of Lucretia is thought to have been in European collection since the 19th century

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Old Masters

Heading home: early Rubens masterpiece returns to the artist's Antwerp studio for the first time

The work, lent by Art Gallery of Ontario ahead of a major travelling show on the artist, will undergo research at the Rubenshuis

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Artists

From the archive: Why the art world is crazy about Cranach

New technology is shedding light on an Old Master as the prolific, multi-talented artist enjoys a renaissance

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Art market

More than just a pretty face: furrowed brows win at Christie's patchy Old Master sale, but £6.7m sculpture tops paintings

Tacca's Hercules is star of the bronzes, while Carracci's military portrait and Rembrandt's print find favour where Rubens's daughter flounders in £31.1m sale

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Art market

Guarantees, the Beckham effect and warts-and-all portraits: Sotheby's pulls off a consistent Old Master sale

No big hitters, but overall quality and new buyers from Asia and Latin America buoyed £42.6m auction, with £5.3m record for Canova set in day sale

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Art market

Otto Naumann comes out of 'retirement' to join Sotheby's

Veteran Old Master dealer will join the auction house in New York at the end of the summer, months after selling his inventory there

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Exhibitions

Crowd-magnet Vermeer borrowed for Alte Pinakothek’s curtain-raiser

Munich museum has undergone a four-year €12m renovation

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Art market

Old Master saga: expert hired by vendor to prove Saint Jerome's authenticity says it is a fake

Maurizio Seracini concurs that the painting sold by Sotheby’s in 2012 is a modern forgery

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London Art Week

Re-discoveries, the Holy Grail of Old Master dealers: we pick out four at London Art Week

From a Van Dyck once thought to be by Rubens to William Nicholson's portrait of an actress identified only weeks ago

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Conservation & Preservation

Mauritshuis invites visitors to watch conservators clean its oldest painting

Dutch museum will remove yellowed varnish from Van der Weyden's The Lamentation of Christ

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Acquisitions

Dallas Museum of Art acquires Derick Baegert panel, a first for a US museum

The Descent from the Cross is the museum's first acquisition backed by the Marguerite and Robert Hoffman Fund, a hefty $17m endowment

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Attribution

Italian museum discovers painting by Renaissance master Andrea Mantegna in its collection

The Accademia Carrara in Bergamo has re-attributed the 15th-century work Resurrection of Christ

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Diary of an art historian

Are Old Masters old fashioned?

How to bring new audiences to older art displays