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Italian court halts loan of the Vitruvian Man ahead of blockbuster da Vinci exhibition at the Louvre

Just two weeks ago, Italy and France signed a deal that reinstated a 2017 deal that would green light a number of works by Leonardo da Vinci to be loaned to the Louvre for their upcoming blockbuster exhibition. It seemed that the saga, which played out over the last year, was finally put to rest. […]

Italy and France to loan works by Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael, deal to be signed today

After two years of going back and forth, it seems Italy and France have finally reached an agreement concerning the loans of by of the most well-known Renaissance artists of all time: Leonardo da Vinci and Raphael. Today, the countries are expected to sign an agreement in Paris that will put the will-they-won’t-they dispute behind […]

Palazzo Strozzi censored by Instagram

Censorship is an ongoing battle and social media isn’t clear of the practice. Instagram and its parent company, Facebook, have consistently been at odds with the art world as artworks, particularly those featuring the nude body and more times than not, the female nude body, are removed from feeds due to their subject matter. Most […]

Found Pinturicchio painting on view at the Galleria Nazionale dell’Umbria

In 1990, a painting by Bernardino di Betti ‘Pinturicchio’ (1454-1513) was stolen from its home. Since then, the painting was nowhere to be found until recently when the masterpiece, Madonna and Child, was recovered nearly 30 years later by Italy’s Cultural Heritage Protection Unit. The painting is now poised to be returned to its private […]

Matera, at the heart of another Renaissance

Matera, in the heart of Basilicata region, right in Southern Italy, has been awarded the coveted title of European cultural capital for 2019. The southern city has used this opportunity to offer a programme that is as generous as it is attractive, of which one of the highlights is an ambitious exhibition being held this […]

In Naples II: with Sade

Recently François Croissy offered audiences the chance to see the Mapplethorpe exhibition at the Madre Museum of Contemporary Art in Naples. Such an outing is an excellent opportunity to replace the boring tourist guide with a companion who walks at a brisk pace and has a lot more to say; none other than Donatien de […]

Deal between Italy and France to loan works by da Vinci is back on

Remember a couple of months ago when it seemed that Italy was going to block the loan of a large number of their artworks by Leonardo da Vinci to France? Well, it seems that Italy has recently changed their tune after Franck Riester, France’s minister of culture, met with Alberto Bonisoli, cultural minister of Italy […]