All posts in Leonardo da Vinci

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 […]

Art World Roundup: What’s below the Mona Lisa, philanthropists band together to aid BIPOC organisations, and more

In this week’s Art World Roundup, we look at a new study shedding more like on the Mona Lisa and a report with surprising information on the state of the illicit trade of cultural artefacts. Philanthropists groups in the US have banded together in an effort to support BIPOC organisations while Kevin Young has been appointed as […]

From the basement to the gallery wall: masterworks plucked from obscurity

The small, postcard-sized painting known as Head of a Bearded Man, has once again regained pride of place in Oxford’s Ashmolean Museum after years in storage. The Rembrandt Research Project had branded the work a fake in 1981, but recent dendrochronological analysis found that the portrait of a weary old man had been painted on […]

Art World Roundup: update on theft of “America” and the boy thrown from Tate Modern, recognition of Juneteenth and the Windrush generation, seeing “The Last Supper” in high-def, and more

In the artworld this week, we learned of a new monument that will recognise the Windrush generation and saw Nancy Pelosi remove portraits of Confederate House Speakers. The 18-year-old who threw a boy from a Tate Modern balcony is sentenced to jail while police have arrested one more in relation to the theft of Maurizio […]

‘Leonardo da Vinci’ shatters Louvre exhibition attendance records

After running its course, the numbers are finally out for the Louvre’s blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition and a blockbuster it was. A staggering 1,071,840 people ended up waiting their turn, waking up in the middle of the night, and filing through the museum’s corridors to see the exhibition in honour of the artist’s death […]

For three nights only, Louvre extends blockbuster da Vinci exhibition to an all-night affair

Who hasn’t stayed up until midnight to see the premier of a long-anticipated movie? Well, get your coffees ready as the Louvre will be adding tickets to see its blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition but the catch: the tickets are to see the famed artist’s works at night. From 9pm through 8:30am on the final […]

The Decade, Priciest Art: the most expensive art of the 2010s by year

Let’s face it… the art market of 2009 probably didn’t quite anticipate the years that were to come. The last decade has been an intense time with artworks selling for incredible amounts, even nearly half of a billion dollars. After covering 2019’s major events at the auction block, Art Critique takes a look at the biggest […]