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Renaissance

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New perspectives on an Old Master: Andrea Mantegna show to open in Turin

Exhibition at Palazzo Madama promises an impressive number of works—and a fresh view of the Renaissance master's legacy

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Pioneering Renaissance artists Sofonisba Anguissola and Lavinia Fontana are united for Prado show

Exhibition in Madrid will include more than 60 works by the two painters and will “break the idea of small works being clichés of female artists”

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Conservation & Preservation

Renaissance woman Plautilla Nelli's Last Supper unveiled after restoration in Florence

Seven-metre painting offers "canvas proof" that self-taught nun ran an all-female workshop in her convent 450 years ago

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Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo at the Louvre: an exclusive first look at this year's biggest blockbuster

We reveal the research and science behind the monograph exhibition exploring the Renaissance painter's artistic evolution

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Renaissance

Science provides first deep dive into overlooked female Old Master Lavinia Fontana's work

After a grant enabled conservation on a much-loved painting, researchers at the National Gallery of Ireland are learning more about the artist’s technique

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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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Books

Michelangelo for beginners, and a new view of the master’s bronzes

Three new books offer fresh angles on the Renaissance master

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Raphael

After Leonardo, the spotlight is on Raphael for the 500th anniversary of his death next year

There will be a rash of shows on the Renaissance master, the largest will be in Rome

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Connoisseurship

Another new Leonardo is a reason to be cheerful

The Virgin and Laughing Child was recently re-attributed as the artist's “only surviving sculpture”

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Three to see

Three exhibitions to see in London this weekend

From Henry Moore’s Helmet Heads at the Wallace Collection to Renaissance nudes at the Royal Academy of Arts

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Renaissance

#Menudetoo: naked bodies in the Renaissance explored at the Royal Academy of Arts and in three new publications

Examining the many meanings—and inanities—ascribed to the unclothed human body in Western art

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Burst of Venetian colour in largest show of Titians in Germany

Exhibition about the Venetian Renaissance at Frankfurt’s Städel Museum also includes works by Giovanni Bellini and Jacopo Tintoretto

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Antonello again? Sicilian master's golden moment continues in Milan

More than two-thirds of Antonello da Messina’s 35 accepted autograph works are reunited for a show at Palazzo Reale

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Renaissance

Restored Raphael cartoon gets new display at Milan’s Biblioteca Ambrosiana

The full-scale preparatory drawing for the Vatican’s School of Athens fresco is going back on view after a four-year restoration

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Botticelli’s violent stories have a contemporary resonance in #MeToo era

“Spalliera” panels depicting parables are reunited at Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum for the first time in 500 years

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Leonardo da Vinci

Twelve Leonardo shows to open simultaneously in the UK to mark 500th anniversary of artist’s death

Drawings from the Royal Collection go on show around the country this week before larger surveys in London and Edinburgh later in the year

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Conservation & Preservation

Restoration for early Renaissance pulpit will get the big-screen treatment

The 1301 carved pulpit will undergo a two-year intensive monitoring programme

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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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Hands-on research underpins a pioneering chiaroscuro woodcut exhibition

Scientists and artists replicated the Renaissance design, inking and printing process

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The Getty’s Renaissance Nude explores issues of power and sexuality—but don’t expect a #metoo reckoning

The show includes male and female examples for historic accuracy, its lead curator says

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Big on Bruegel: Vienna museum assembles largest show on the artist

A literally once-in-a-lifetime exhibition at Kunsthistorisches Museum

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Books

Sidney Knafel's collection of French 16th- to 18th-century faïence promised to the Frick Collection

The collector's collection of 75 magnificent pieces

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Renaissance prints as sources of images for maiolica and bronze reliefs

The interactions of Renaissance drawing, printing and ceramics

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What books in paintings mean

The significance of books in works of art

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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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Reputations redeemed by art: two books examine what made Charles I and II great collectors but bad rulers

Despite the failings of the Stuart kings, their art collections stand in their favour, as exhibitions in the UK this year have shown

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Tintoretto’s 500th anniversary takes over Venice

The “avant-garde superstar” of the Renaissance is celebrated in his home city before works make rare trip to the US

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Books

Telling us why and how: a groundbreaking study of Veronese’s techniques and paintings

These two books—very different in approach—analyse the process and works of the Italian Renaissance painter

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Thinking with pictures: how images were used for philosophical thinking in the Early Modern period

A rich and fascinating book on what can rightly be called the art of philosophy

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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

Design or colour? Look to Titian

A shoestring trip to La Serenissima—and a thumbs-up for Simon Schama

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Lost art

Lost art: the Fondaco dei Tedeschi frescoes by Titian and Giorgione

Noah Charney on works that we cannot see, but which remain as an influence to those who did see them

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TEFAF Maastricht 2018

Tefaf trends: Sweden is in, England is out, but Italy is always in vogue

Melanie Gerlis sets the scene for six specialist collecting categories at this year’s Maastricht fair

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Lost art

Lost art: Field of the Cloth of Gold

Noah Charney on the hundreds of works that were described those who saw them as wondrous, but which were only ever meant to be temporary

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Sittow survey in Washington, DC, helps celebrate 100 years of Estonian Republic

Court artist had an impressive roster of sitters including Mary Rose Tudor

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Art market

New discoveries add value to Old Master drawings

From Pontormo to Klimt, dealers invest in research in the hope of boosting prices

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Leonardo da Vinci

A new Leonardo? Scholarly show claims to reveal master’s hand

Worcester Art Museum argues for reattribution of altarpiece panels by Verrocchio’s workshop

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In the frame

Anyone for art? Asad Raza's tennis court installation in a former Milan church was ace

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Vasari: the artist who overshadowed himself

He is famous for his Lives, but his drawings deserve attention, too

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Painting outclassed by bricks and mortar: on the arts in Rome under Clement VIII

Did the arts really flourish the Pope's patronage?

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Where did it come from? On developments in icon painting

The source of a major change in icon painting may have been discovered

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Deutschland über alles? On the early Renaissance art market

Contrary to popular opinion, the Early Renaissance German art market developed simultaneously with, not later than, those in Italy and the Low Countries

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The Vivarini family: lesser-known protagonists of Venetian Renaissance painting

The trio from Murano steps out of the shadow of Bellini, Giorgione and Titian in new show

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Renaissance

Tintoretto’s Venetian masterpieces sparkle again

Cleaning and LED lighting give visitors a glimpse of how the space originally looked

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Books

Famous figures under scrutiny

New thinking about Da Vinci and Michelangelo considers their different approaches and the reception their work received

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Sculpture

A fountain of scholarship: Jeremy Warren on Giambologna’s Neptune Fountain

In a new book, the artist's project is seen from many angles

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A swan-like artist: David Ekserdjian on the Renaissance master Andrea del Sarto

Draughtsmanship was one of the artist's finest skills

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Pouring over the precious: James Yorke on luxury and sentimental objects

A survey of objects acquired between birth and death in early modern Europe that accompanies a Fitzwilliam exhibition

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Old Masters

How the Cranachs made Luther unmistakable: Joachim Whaley on the Luther Decade

Part two of a series on Luther’s favourite painter and publicist

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Old Masters

Luther, Cranach and political propaganda: Joachim Whaley on the Luther Decade

Part three of a series on Luther’s favourite painter and publicist

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Old Masters

The Cranachs and Luther, a beautiful friendship: Joachim Whaley on the Luther Decade

Part one of a series on Luther’s favourite painter and publicist

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Books

The ultimate dynamic duo: a new monograph surveys Nicola and Giovanni Pisano

David Ekserdjian learns more from a monumental monograph on father and son