The Enduring Challenges of Authenticating Art

When the Allentown Art Museum sent their oil-on-oak painting Portrait of a Young Woman to specialists at New York University to be cleaned, they expected to get it back without the layers of overpainting and thick varnish which had obscured the portrait’s delicate brushwork. Since they weren’t immediately looking for any proof of authentication, they […]

Art World Roundup: silver linings in Venice and COVID-19 effects

In this Art World Roundup, we’ve got some of how the art world is reacting to the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as some unexpected silver linings to social distancing. The highly-anticipated Macklowe auction that called on auction houses to send in their bids is postponed and Cuban artist Luis Manuel Otero Alcántara has been released […]

Artemisia Gentileschi exhibition one of many to be postponed

UK institutions are beginning to close in relation to the COVID-19 pandemic. Much like their US counterparts, that began announcing closures in the past two weeks, museums in the UK are starting to follow the advice of Public Health England and closing their doors to help slow the spread of the virus. All major British […]

Social distancing doesn’t have to mean distance from art… Here are nine ways to bring the art to you during the coronavirus pandemic

Social distancing and self-isolation have become the new norm for people around the world as the fight to cull the spread of COVID-19, the novel coronavirus, continues. Mixed advice, the 24-hour news cycle, reports of panic buying, and rolling border closures have added to an air of anxiety around the state of the world at […]

Four security guards investigated in relation to Dresden Green Vault heist

It’s been over three months since Dresden’s Grünes Gewölbe, also known as the Green Vault, was broken into and robbed of dozens of pieces of priceless jewelry. The heist is the largest such robbery since World War II and investigations have been ongoing. Now, though, German prosecutors have launched investigations concerning four security guards from […]

A Lesson on the Camera Obscura

Purpose of this lesson: The camera obscura is an integral part to understanding how modern day photography developed and how some artists worked. However, it’s a pretty confusing concept if you’ve never really looked into the mechanics of how one works or experienced one yourself. This lesson is meant to explain the ins and outs […]

Art in the time of coronavirus

Amid growing panic over the rapid spread of the coronavirus, some of Italy’s most famous museums are shuttering their doors. From Turin to Venice, seven northern regions have been directed by Rome to close their museums. At the same time, the cultural ministry has revoked free entry to state museums nationwide. The Italian art world […]