Finding a new piece to a 16th century puzzle

Thanks to a donation from the Society of Friends (Quakers), the Louvre will expand its collection with a minor panel painting of major interest. Gallery Hubert Duchemin, has published an excellent analysis of the discovery on their website ( written by Amélie du Closel. The panel’s dimensions (80 x 60 cm), as well as its […]

Francine du Plessix Gray (1933–2019)

“We write out of revenge against reality, to dream and enter the lives of others,” wrote Francine du Plessix Gray. A French-American novelist, journalist, biographer art and literary critic, she recently passed away in Manhattan at the age of 88. Ms. Gray, whose elegant, often soulful books examined women’s lives and identities with great psychological insight, authored […]

Remembering Sister Wendy Beckett: beloved Nun, art historian and accidental TV phenomenon

The BBC officially announced on December 26 that Sister Wendy Beckett has died at the age of 88. Sister Wendy was a nun, art historian and critic who found unintentional fame in the 90’s with her popular TV programmes like Sister Wendy’s Odyssey and Sister Wendy’s Story of Painting where she sought to make some […]