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From the gallery wall to the silver screen: getting artwork into a movie

When used well, an artwork can add volumes to a movie. In SKYFALL, James Bond first meets Q at London’s National Gallery. The pair sit in front of JMW Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire (1839) – you also catch a glimpse of Joseph Wright of Derby’s An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) […]

NEA releases survey of how adults in America interact with the arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a government supported entity in the US that helps support the arts across the country. In partnership with the US Census Bureau, they create the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), which shows just how involved Americans are in the arts, offering a snapshot of […]

Unusual 1889 portrait of Van Gogh found to be a self-portrait

An unusual painting of a gloomy Vincent van Gogh has been deemed to be an authentic self-portrait made by the artist. After decades of speculation, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announced yesterday that the painting was ‘unmistakably’ created by van Gogh, himself. It is now the only known work by Van Gogh to be […]

France blocks export of Cimabue masterpiece found in kitchen

The discovery of a 13th Century Cimabue painting at an elderly woman’s home in northern France made headlines in September and now the French government has given it national treasure status by blocking its export. After being overlooked by the woman and her family as just another religious iconography, it was spotted by auctioneer Philomène […]

New study shows correlation between experiencing art and living longer

Death is a recurring theme in art from some of the oldest works to present day. Walking through most museums, you won’t have to stray far before seeing a symbol, like a skull or a clock, representing the inevitability of death and the fragility of life. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal […]

Museums present visual art as beautiful things you can touch

Patricia Bérubé, Carleton University A shift is taking place in museums and the way art history is presented globally. More museums now value visitor experience and at the same time, there is a growing emphasis on accessibility in Canadian public institutions. Some museums are offering adapted guided tours, which include tactile elements in addition to […]

Long-lost €6m painting found in elderly woman’s kitchen

An early Renaissance masterpiece by Cimabue was discovered in a kitchen of a French apartment, where it was being discarded as trash during a house clearance had an auctioneer not spotted it. Cimabue, also known as Cenni di Pepo or Cenni di Pepi, was an Italian painter and designer of mosaics from Florence. Despite being […]