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Gauguin’s Tahitian lover may be more fantasy than reality

As the National Gallery's exhibition opens in London, an expert speculates that the teenager in his Polynesian works could be a composite of women the painter encountered

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French exhibition aims to reveal naked truth about 'nude Mona Lisa'

New research suggests work could be a prototype of an idealised “Venus” portrait designed by Leonardo himself

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Climate Change

From the Arctic to Wyoming, Smithsonian artefacts offer insights into climate change

Institute’s collections are helping to provide an understanding of how global warming affects specific locations

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Leonardo da Vinci

London's National Gallery defends inclusion of Salvator Mundi in Leonardo show after criticism in new book

The curator’s attribution to the Renaissance master helped Christie’s achieve a world record price for the painting

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Museums & Heritage

X-ray of Uffizi's Artemisia Gentileschi reveals a tantalising underpainting

The portrait has striking similarities to a recent acquisition by the National Gallery in London

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Tate Modern

Tate partners with Hyundai to promote non-Western art

New research centre project means South Korean motor company is now probably the largest corporate sponsor of visual arts for UK museums

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Gainsborough murder mystery. Plus, RoseLee Goldberg on performance art

We travel back to the 18th century and delve into the grisly family murders that helped Gainsborough gain fame. Plus, RoseLee Goldberg tell us all about her new book Performance Now: Live Art for the 21st century. Produced in association with Bonhams, auctioneers since 1793.

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Art market

Fair’s fair? The murky world of stand costs

Research by The Art Newspaper uncovers wide disparity in both fee structures and transparency

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Thomas Gainsborough

Murders most foul: Gainsborough family revenge killings trigger reassessment of artist’s early years

New research reveals that two members of Thomas Gainsborough's family were killed over a financial dispute when the artist was a child

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Mystery identity of Van Gogh’s 'gardener' solved

New research reveals name of man in the artist’s finest asylum portrait

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Lost art

Lost art: the world’s invisible collections

Noah Charney on the Sadnikar family's extremely personal collection in Slovenia

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Diary of an art historian

Do not allow art to cleanse crimes

The art world has yet to tackle issues around works like Picasso’s $115m child-prostitute portrait

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Art Basel 2018

Giacometti’s chaotic Paris studio brought back to life

Reconstruction at heart of new research centre preserves spirit of artist’s cluttered creative space

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Palestinian stories reconstructed through films, photographs and artefacts confiscated by Israel

An Israeli art historian has spent 20 years trawling the country’s archives for Palestinian cultural property

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New hope for lost Frida Kahlo painting

Expert says new evidence could reveal location of Mexican artist’s biggest work, which “disappeared into thin air”

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Restitution

German researchers trace Jewish newspaper mogul’s vast Nazi-looted art collection

The Mosse Art Research Project, a cooperation with the German government, identifies eight works and launches online database

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Conservation & Preservation

Where petroleum exploration meets art

Researchers use terahertz scanning to understand artist’s methods

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Conservation & Preservation

Tate awarded $1.5m research grant to conserve contemporary works 'that challenge the structure of the museum'

The project, funded by the Mellon Foundation, will concentrate on time-based media, digital and performance art

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Research

Salvador Dalí foundation completes digital catalogue raisonné after 17 years of research

Online inventory of more than 1,000 paintings will help scholars and the art market

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Artists

The grave of Schiele’s muse, Wally Neuzil, found in Croatia

The site is to be restored as a monument to the artist’s young model, whose portrait has been called the Mona Lisa of Austria

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Egon Schiele catalogue raisonné to go digital with updates on newly discovered works and provenance

The online platform will have an emphasis on connoisseurship says the catalogue’s author and art dealer Jane Kallir

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Caravaggio

Galleria Borghese launches Caravaggio research centre—with a little help from Fendi

Roman museum aims to become the primary reference for scholarship on the artist

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Archival gifts are 'holy grail' of Edward Hopper

Five thousand items, shared between Whitney and artist's boyhood home, could inspire new exhibitions

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Research

Scholarship drives the next edition of Pacific Standard Time

Ambitious projects on Latino, Chicano and Latin American art could rewrite art history textbooks

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Research

Safra Foundation gives $1m to Washington’s National Gallery of Art to support art scholars

The money secures a permanent professorship at the museum’s Center for Advanced Study in the Visual Arts

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Heirs of Jewish publisher team up with German museums to track down Nazi-looted art

The Mosse Art Research Initiative aims to recover thousands of missing works

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Artists

Helen Frankenthaler Foundation names head of catalogue raisonné project

Douglas Dreishpoon joins the foundation from the Albright-Knox Gallery

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Design

Harvard museums bring back the spirit of the Bauhaus

An extensive public database chronicles the university’s rich holdings related to the Weimar art school

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Research

Barnes Foundation plans Matisse colloquium in Philadelphia

The conference follows a publication detailing the museum's collection of his work and Albert Barnes early support of the artist

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Research

Former Judd curator launches fellowship for ‘radical thinking’ at Edinburgh University

Independent research post is informed by the philosophies of the American Minimalist sculptor Donald Judd and the Scottish Enlightenment thinker David Hume

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In the frame

Insta-classic: Paris museums launch digital archive with social media project

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Photography

Save the data: New York Public Library launches online biographical archive for photographers

Started by one man based on a now defunct database, the Photographers’ Identities Catalogue could one day become a community-driven wiki

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Artists

Art360 initiative lets artists take the long view

Three-year archive programme will focus on Modern British and contemporary artists, starting with three women

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Have mummies, will travel

CT scans reveal secrets of Field Museum’s Peruvian and Egyptian treasures before they are sent on the road

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Surprise use for Egyptian blue pigment

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Robots beat art experts at their own game

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Exhibitions

Research puts Goya’s witches in right order

"Feat in forensics” finally establishes correct sequence of artist's private album

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Research

Leading art libraries pull together to make research available on the web

Joint project to place 31.5 million images on a single website would “revolutionise” art history, says Frick Collection’s Inge Reist