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A hidden Vermeer – within a Vermeer – uncovered

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, one of Vermeer’s best-known and loved paintings, is getting a facelift and once it’s complete there will be an old addition new to everyone today. After 250 years in hiding, a nude cupid figure is being revealed thanks to painstakingly tedious restorative work. The figure was covered […]

The Met is no longer taking money from the Sackler family

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City says it will no longer accept any donations from the notorious Sackler family, owners of Purdue Pharma who have been ridden with controversy due to their contribution to and profiting from the opioid addiction crisis. The Met released a statement on Wednesday saying that it decided […]

X-Ray reveals self-portrait hidden under Artemisia Gentileschi painting

Artemisia Gentileschi’s 1619 “Saint Catherine of Alexandria” bears a strong resemblance to a similarly titled self-portrait by the artist from 1615-17 owned by London’s National Gallery. Both paintings display regal, dark-haired women clad in red, holding the saint’s signature broken torture wheel while holding a martyr’s palm close to their chest. One turbaned figure gives […]

Portrait of Kevin Spacey at the V&A museum raises questions

London’s Victoria & Albert Museum is facing a backlash for planning to exhibit a portrait of the now-disgraced American actor Kevin Spacey in a show set to open in late April. The actor is currently being trialed in the US for allegedly assaulting an 18-year-old man at a bar in Nantucket, Massachusetts. Spacey has so […]

We spend 27 seconds on average looking at a work of art and Slow Art Day is hoping to change that

Navigating exhibitions often feels like a race to the finish. Rushing through shows is certainly part of the modern-day museum experience, especially given how distracted some people might be and the role social media plays while seeing art. Research published in Psychology of Aesthetics, Creativity, and the Arts in 2017 shows that the average person […]

Musée d’Orsay temporarily renames Manet’s ‘Olympia’

On Tuesday, Paris’ Musée d’Orsay opened ‘Black models: from Géricault to Matisse.’ Running through July 21st, the exhibition is in the second leg of its installation after debuting at Columbia University’s Wallach Art Gallery last year under the title ‘Posing Modernity: The Black Model from Manet and Matisse to Today.’ The multi-disciplinary exhibition, as the […]

osloBIENNALEN: a biennial that’s breaking the rules

The osloBIENNALEN is taking a different approach…a five-year approach. Departing from the biannual model, as the name implies, the first edition will begin on May 25th and run through 2024. This year, new artworks will be unveiled in May and then a second set will be on view starting in October. Titled osloBIENNALEN, the rule-breaking […]