The painting ‘Coin du bassin aux nymphéas,’ created by Claude Monet late in his life and one of his famous water lily paintings, is expected to achieve more than $40 million at a Sotheby’s auction in New York later this month.
A collection of Vincent van Gogh’s preparatory drawings sketched ahead of a planned “redoing” of ‘The Potato Eaters,’ a masterpiece brutally slated by buyers, friends and family at the time of its painting, are being exhibited for what is believed to be first time.
US museums hit hard by the pandemic are selling paintings to bridge revenue gaps, with some going further and using the funds to diversify collections, but critics say the sales betray the institutions’ mission of preserving artwork for the public.
Natural history and conservation experts pointed out that the English names of the birds and flora in the two 18th century Calcutta paintings that were auctioned in Sweden on June 12 might not have been the best translation of their accurate Persian description.
A tiny Indonesian island, previously unexplored by archeologists, has been found to be unusually rich in ancient cave paintings following a study by researchers from The Australian National University (ANU).
From teeny tiny paintings with a royal pedigree to monumental carpets that shimmer with actual gold, the 'Bestowing Beauty: Masterpieces from Persian Lands' exhibit at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston (MFAH) mines a super-secret (but not for long) private collection of Persian art.