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ICOM survey found museums around the world in better place than anticipated, but the pandemic’s effects are far from over

In a follow-up report, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has found the state of cultural institutions around the world to be better than anticipated earlier in the year. Having publishing an initial report in May, just weeks after the onset of the pandemic, the forecast for the arts sector was bleak. However, ICOM is […]

Art historian attributes recently resurfaced drawing to Leonardo da Vinci

It could perhaps be said that every art historian who has embarked on the path of research hopes, if only even slightly, to make a discovery unlike any other. For some, the discoveries they make change the course of art history. One scholar may have discovered a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci that could alter […]

Research into 9,000-year-old Wilamaya Patjxa burial site suggests women were big-game hunters, bucking long-held notions of gender roles

A new discovery of an ancient burial site shows just how much we still don’t know about ancient societies. A 9,000-year-old burial site in southern Peru potentially shows that what we’ve longed believed about gender roles in hunter-gatherer societies might be a bit off. Anthropology professor Randall Haas and a team of experts have published […]

Study suggests alcohol withdrawal led Van Gogh to cut off his ear

Perhaps one of the most infamous tales in art history is that Vincent van Gogh cut off his ear. Theories for the artist’s actions have been theorized, but a new study now suggests that van Gogh’s self-harm was due to a severe bout of alcohol withdrawal. It is known that the artist dealt with mental […]

Piet Mondrian focus of restitution lawsuit and new conservation research

Dutch modernist Piet Mondrian, known for his striking colour block paintings, has made headlines twice recently. Once for a repatriation lawsuit involving a German museum and a second time for extensive conservation research getting started in Switzerland. Art Critique takes a look at both. Restitution The children of American abstract artist Harry Holtzman have filed a […]

Researchers suggest da Vinci’s “lost masterpiece” was never actually painted

You can’t lose something that never existed. That’s what some researchers have to say about a work by Leonardo da Vinci known as the “lost masterpiece.” While a full-scale cartoon for the work still exists of the artist’s 1504 The Battle of Anghiari, the actual painting and its location have been the subject of theories […]

The Nebra Sky Disk, a.k.a. the oldest picture of the stars, may be 1,000 years younger according to new research

Two decades ago, looters discovered a trove of artefacts thought to be from the Bronze Age. Among those items was a disk now known as the Nebra Sky Disc and until a recent report, it was thought to be 3,600 years old. Now, a new study proposes that the disk is in fact from the […]