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Museums & Heritage

The only way is ethics: US museums should not neglect provenance research in the funding crisis

Ethical institutional practices such as staff equity and due diligence are essential investments, "not merely a luxury for flush times"

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Art market

Quran quietly sells for record £7m despite questions over its provenance

Manuscript sold at Christie's first live sale in London since the coronavirus lockdown, but academics say its ownership history should be more transparent

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Provenance

Curator reveals how a Jewish collector snuck a medieval tapestry out of Nazi Germany

Victoria Reed, the provenance curator at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, has been sharing the history about a work from the collection each day on Twitter while the museum remains locked down

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Appointments

Nazi loot expert joins Louvre to investigate its wartime acquisitions

Hire of French art historian Emmanuelle Polack suggests a more proactive stance on Nazi-era provenance research at Paris museum

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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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Forgeries

Chain of custody ruling could change the legal landscape for art forgery cases in New York

Establishing the defendant is at fault just got that much trickier

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Nazi loot

Nazi loot claim for Tate’s Constable

Beaching a Boat, Brighton, has been claimed by the heirs of Baron Ferenc Hatvany

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Restitution

American museums increasingly proactive about restitution cases

30 memorial totems were repatriated to the Kenya last month

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Restitution

Getting back art from Gurlitt’s hoard of Degenerate art

While the legal status of stolen or confiscated works is as yet unclear, there is hope for those who make claims for restitution

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Restitution

Heirs of persecuted dealer Alfred Flechtheim reject provenance project over restitution claims

The Jewish dealer’s relatives say participating museums are not dealing satisfactorily with their claims

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Provenance research

Canada under pressure over potential Nazi loot

Montreal museum returns painting amid growing calls to fund provenance research and return disputed works

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Restitution

Getty Institute publishes Nazi auction data

Rise in restitution claims expected after launch of online German auction catalogues for 1930-45

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Forgeries

Growth in internet sales forces fraud issue

Identifying forgeries being sold on websites is not enough to tackle the problem

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Leonardo da Vinci

Elusive smile, elusive artist: is this really by Leonardo?

Despite a lavish, 300-page book and a high-profile presentation, strong doubts remain

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Leonardo da Vinci

A tale of two ladies

The mystery of Leonardo’s Madonna of the Yarnwinder

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Fakes & copies

Scholars absent from State Hermitage Museum conference with controversial Degas bronzes on the agenda

Experts have been silenced by fears of legal action if doubts regarding the sculptures' legitimacy are voiced

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Malta

Polish-born collector Zdzislaw Bieganski to found museum in Malta

Works include Picasso and Van Gogh, but many are yet to be authenticated

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Leonardo da Vinci

Portrait attributed to Leonardo in desperate condition

Possible self-portrait needs urgent treatment for mould and bacteria

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National Gallery

Looking beyond Leonardo's blockbuster National Gallery exhibition

Where next after Leo-mania?

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Forgeries

Knoedler forgery scandal grows

The gallery is being sued over an alleged fake Pollock, sold for $17m in 2007

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Leonardo da Vinci

Is the Salvator Mundi a Leonardo? The National Gallery seems to think so

A new exhibition includes the newly discovered painting, ratifying it as the genuine article

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Williamsburg street art is Phil Frost, not Basquiat

As the appreciation of street art rises (as do its prices), attribution becomes critical

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Leonardo da Vinci

Salvator Mundi Leonardo attribution: it’s all in the hand of the master

Proof of changes to the composition increases scholarly support

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Salvador Dalí

Dalí foundation fights the forgers

A conference in Catalonia will hopefully solve the ongoing problem with fake multiples in the market

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Leonardo da Vinci

Appeal against Christie's concerning the Leonardo Princess fails on statute of limitations

Jeanne Marchig misses out

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Leonardo da Vinci

Scholars divided over Leonardo attribution

Simon C. Dickinson Ltd is now the owner of Madonna and Child with St Anne and a Lamb, having reimbursed Nasser Kazeminy for the $7m he paid. If authentic, the gallery stands to make a profit, but if not then its value as an anonymous drawing is modest. So where did the drawing come from—and is it the real thing?

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Eli Broad

Eli Broad addresses the American Association of Museums: “Get art out of the basement"

The collector lectures museum professionals at their annual conference in Los Angeles

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Edgar Degas

Disputed bronzes cast from plasters attributed to Degas on show in Tel Aviv

Despite provenance of the plasters and the credibility of the project being under scrutiny, an exhibition at the Museum of Art has been set up by a New York dealer

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: The cautionary tale of America’s other “Leonardo”

The painting that still languishes in a vault, despite nearly a century of squabbling

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Provenance research

Munich pushes provenance research concerning possible Nazi looting

The project, led by Dr Vanessa-Maria Voigt and Dr Horst Kessler, came about by a chance find in a desk...

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Restitution

Minneapolis hands Léger to collector’s family

The painting was stolen from its Jewish owner during the Nazi occupation of France

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Restitution

The time has come for a statute of limitations on restitution: stemming the flow of works from museums

Since the late 1990s there has been a strong push towards provenance research of collections and museums, and restitution of items that were looted or taken by the Nazis during their period of power

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Provenance research

Dresden takes major provenance research project to Russia

Strives to break restitution “logjam”

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Nazi loot

Dresden state museums expand provenance research — all the way to Russia

Strives to break restitution “logjam”

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Provenance research

Dresden to spend €15m and employ 65 researchers on biggest provenance study ever undertaken

1 million objects will be examined and recorded over 10 years

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Jean-Michel Basquiat

Christie’s hits back over disputed Basquiat

Auction house seeks dismissal of lawsuit

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Goudstikker

Successful Amsterdam sale concludes the series of Goudstikker auctions

Old masters, recovered as a result of one of the world’s largest Nazi restitution claims, net $20m

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Art market

Trial Warhol prints may be authenticated in alleged policy adjustment for Authentication Board

A source close to the Andy Warhol Authentication Board hints at a change of heart

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Goudstikker

Norton Simon Museum of Art and Goudstikker heiress to go to court over fight for Cranachs

Marei von Saher claims they are Nazi loot, while Norton Simon believes it has legal title to the paintings

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Indianapolis Museum of Art

Why the Indianapolis Museum of Art will no longer buy unprovenanced antiquities

Moratorium will prohibit purchase of antiquities after 1970

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Sevso silver

Questions arise surrounding legitimacy of items thought to be part of supposedly incomplete Sevso silver hoard

Documents seen by The Art Newspaper reveal that five bowls, 37 cups and 187 spoons were offered with the 14 pieces which make up the Roman treasure

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Unesco

Getty revises its guidelines for acquiring antiquities—again

Artefacts must have left their countries of origin by 1970, the year of the Unesco Convention, or have proper export documentation to be considered for purchase

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Restitution

Holocaust restitution: Lack of funding and cooperation have resulted in failure and injustice

A short history of nazi loot restitution efforts

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Provenance research

Provenance research is too expensive, museums tell Congress

The hearing concerning America's progress in returning Nazi loot to original owners discussed potential problems

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Restitution

Restitution pledge by US museums remains unfulfilled six years on

Results of survey lay bare how the US fell short

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Getty Museum

Trial of Getty Museum director is a moment of truth for all in the antiquities field

Recent trials forecast shift in collecting policies

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Provenance

US museum directors debate antiquities provenance dilemma

Should museums acquire objects without provenance, which may have been looted? Yes, say several panelists

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Books

The political power of a painting

The story of Raphael’s St George and the Dragon

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Zahi Hawass

“This mask belongs to Egypt”: Zahi Hawass demands repatriation of ancient Saqqara mask

Hawass, head of Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities, is asking the St Louis Art Museum to return an supposedly looted antiquity

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Art theft

US colonel to lead antiquities anti-theft unit

Bogdanos attacks “cozy cabal of academics, dealers and collectors” who ignore provenance

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo underdrawings revealed, putting the authenticity of the Virgin of the rocks beyond dispute

Infra-red examination shows abandoned original design

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Studying unprovenanced antiquities: The question of Schøyen's incantation bowls

University College London has set up an inquiry to examine the origin of “looted” bowls on loan from a Norwegian collector

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Provenance

Norton Museum’s war loot research grant

A grant will enable them to probe incomplete provenance records

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Provenance research

1933-1948—the dangerous years: how Sotheby's check art for tainted provenance

A Sotheby’s lawyer describes the work of its provenance research team

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Antiquities & Archaeology

UK forwards new law to fight the illicit trade of antiquities

It is now an offence to handle an object if you know that it was illegally removed from a site anywhere in the world after 2003

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Provenance research

German museums commit themselves to provenance research concerning supposed Nazi loot

The younger generation has asked tough questions and come up with some answers

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Provenance research

"The AAM guide to provenance research" by Nancy Yeide, Konstantin Akinsha and Amy Walsh

A guide on how to best investigate provenance with specific emphasis on the specialist problems of the Holocaust-era, solvable using provenance research

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Law

Former Met lawyer to advise private collectors and museums

Reflecting the continuous rise in the value of art and importance of provenance

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Looted art

Six hundred works of uncertain provenance listed in report on UK museums

This will assist in the identification of looted artworks

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Provenance research

“The Jewish people should be heirs to heirless art” says Knesset member, as plans are made to return Nazi-loot to rightful owners

Christie’s and Sotheby’s to help with provenance research projects

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Pablo Picasso

Picasso case determines that faith in dealers should be warranted

Court says non-professional buyers do not have to check “provenance”

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Restitution

400,000 pieces of Nazi silver loot sold by US in 1950

British and French authorities dismayed at disposals that they considered illegal

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Art market

The market for antiquities is growing, unfazed by protesters

As last month’s antiquities sales boomed, The Art Newspaper surveyed leading dealers and specialists in New York

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Getty Museum

Getty returns three stolen works to Italy

Curator voluntarily collaborates with Italy in accordance with museum’s policy

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Leonardo da Vinci

Books: Leonardo's beginnings

This study maintains that Verrocchio’s “Tobias and the angel” in London is the first example of the artist’s hand

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Nazi loot

Goodman restitution case settled out of court

Disputed Degas to go to the Art Institute of Chicago

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Provenance

Probing provenance: The importance of due diligence and insurance for defective title

The recent, widely publicised dispute over the provenance of two paintings by Egon Schiele, withdrawn last year from a loan exhibition at New York’s Museum of Modern Art on the grounds of contested ownership, offered a vivid illustration of the problems facing museums and private collectors who may find themselves having to prove good title to their possessions

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Looted art

Florentine seizure of war-theft paintings on loan from New Zealand

It is alleged that they were stolen from the collection of Cino Vitta, head of the Jewish community in Florence during the war

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Vincent Van Gogh

Forty-five Van Gogh fakes? How many really are there?

Scholars say that famous paintings are not by the artist. Provenances difficult to prove

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Fakes & copies

A brush with the law: The FBI jump on two auction houses, but prosecution is no simple matter

It’s not a crime to sell a fake—unknowingly

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Leonardo da Vinci

Rotterdam Kunsthal exhibits Leonardo’s only sculpture—or is it?

Bust of Christ is centrepiece of popular exhibition

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Getty Museum

The Getty Museum retreats from the antiquities market

In a radical change of policy, the Getty now favours archaeological conservation, research and education over collection building

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Archaeological reforms needed in source countries: Reward the finder, excavate faster, keep what is important but allow a licit market

Laws now are obsessed with the objects rather than the sites

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Cambodia

Pillaged Cambodian art sold at Sotheby’s and displayed in the Met

Despite being published last year by the International Council of Museums, severed stone heads are circulating in London and New York

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Politics

Former Greek premier caught red-handed with illegal antiquities

Almost all Minoan antiquities assembled by former premier, Mr Mitsotakis, appear to have an illegal provenance.

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Salvador Dalí

Divine Dalì's opera on birth, death, and Catherine the Great in her underwear

Opera conceived by Salvador Dalì in 1927 recorded in 1974, is released on CD

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Antiquities & Archaeology

Only a legal antiquities market can curb the illegal market which destroys world history

Change needed in the face of a growing market

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Art law

Art lawyer Quentin Byrne-Sutton: "It is not acceptable that works be classified as national patrimony merely to fill gaps in public collections"

The European courts must decide what is a "national treasure"

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Joseph Beuys

Guggenheim Museum-Hummel deal on hold as Milan courts consider besmirched Beuys works

Row over dubious drawings comes to US

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Joseph Beuys

Fake Beuys drawings scandal in officially sponsored exhibition at Accademia di Brera

Thirty-eight works impounded while court searches for a reliable expert

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Sotheby's

Sleeper found at Sotheby's found to be genuine fifteenth-century sculpture

Very few bronzes survive from this period, making the piece a remarkable find

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Rembrandt

X-ray techniques date Rembrandt prints precisely

“In Sotheby’s N.Y. last May 28 out of 80 prints were later impressions”

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Leonardo da Vinci

Rival Buccleuch and Montreal “Madonnas of the Yarnwinder” to be judged side by side in Edinburgh

Leonardo da Vinci showdown comes to the National Gallery of Scotland

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Forgeries

Matisse forgeries in the market is nothing new

Dealers fear more forged prints may emerge