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Artist Makes Incredibly Detailed Drawings of Famous Buildings Around the World

They say patience is a virtue, but for some artists it’s a necessity. Emi Nakajima’s detailed ink drawings of famous architectural sites, which …

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This Room Is Thought To Have Been Michelangelo's Secret Hideaway And Drawing Board

It was an art historian's chance discovery of a lifetime. Over 40 years ago, a museum director in Florence, Italy, found a hidden room whose walls were covered in drawings believed to be the work of Michelangelo and his disciples.<p>Although the drawings are not signed by the master, art experts say …

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MoMA acquires 324 works of early 20th-century avant-garde art and graphic design

Over the past 40 years, Merrill C. Berman has amassed a collection of avant-garde art and graphic design, 324 pieces of which The Museum of Modern …

More Banksy art spotted in NYC

More of Banksy’s protest art has reportedly been spotted, this time in Brooklyn.<p>Two murals that mirror the elusive British graffiti artist’s style …

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10 Artists Whose Work Entered the Public Domain in 2018 (But Not in America)

A new year means new art entering into the public domain—in most countries. For countries that abide by the copyright law of “life plus 70 years,” which are members of the European Union, Israel, Russia, Turkey, and Brazil, among others, as well as countries that go by “life plus 50 years”—Canada, …

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12 Famous Artists Reveal What Is Art and What It Means to Them

Explore life through art with these famous quotes<p>For an artist, the canvas is a mouthpiece. The artist speaks to you with vibrant colors, bold …

Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera: Portrait of a complex marriage

Mexican artists Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera painted each other for 25 years: those works give us an insight into their relationship, argues Kelly Grovier.<p>Seen side-by-side in photographs, they struck an almost comic pose: his girth dwarfing her petite frame. When they married, her parents called …

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Biography of Salvador Dalí, Surrealist Artist

A Life as Strange as His Paintings<p>Spanish Catalan artist Salvador Dalí (1904-1989) became known for his surreal creations and his flamboyant life. …

Ten female artists you should know about

In honour of the late art historian Linda Nochlin, we’ve put together a list of 10 women artists from around the world that should be on your radar.<p>“In the field of art history,” wrote academic Linda Nochlin in 1971, “the white Western male viewpoint, unconsciously accepted as <i>the</i> viewpoint of the …

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Pissarro in Norwood, Monet at the Savoy: what the exiled impressionists saw in London

James Tissot's work could be striking without being offensive – perfect for English tastes<p>Monet and Pissarro's submissions to the Royal Academy were rejected<p>To his chagrin, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec just missed Queen Victoria’s diamond jubilee festivities<p>Commemorative plaques on buildings …

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The artworks that caused a scandal

As two major museums have scrapped plans to show controversial pieces this month, Kelly Grovier takes a look at the history of censorship in the art world.<p>Is anything more deserving of censorship than censorship? Controversial decisions taken in recent days and weeks by some of the world’s premier …

The Secret Lives of Leonardo da Vinci

Walter Isaacson’s biography portrays a man obsessed with knowledge and almost impossible to know.<p>In Renaissance Florence, a number of designated boxes placed throughout the city allowed citizens to make anonymous denunciations of various moral crimes—in 1461, for example, the artist-monk Filippo …

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Christie’s Unveils a Lost Leonardo da Vinci in New York

In what is being billed by Christie’s as “the biggest discovery of the 21st century,” the auction house unveiled in New York this morning its previously top secret and “most thrilling acquisition to date”: <i>Salvator Mundi</i> (“Savior of the World”), a formerly lost masterwork by Leonardo da Vinci that …

Mona Lisa unveiled? Nude sketch may have link to masterpiece

PARIS (AP) — There's something vaguely familiar about this charcoal sketch of a woman's face and nude torso — could it be an unclothed precursor to …

'Nude Mona Lisa' may have been drawn by Leonardo da Vinci

A nude drawing that bears a striking resemblance to the Mona Lisa may have been done by Leonardo da Vinci, experts told AFP Thursday.<p>Scientists at the Louvre in Paris, where his masterpiece is held, have been examining a charcoal drawing known as the "Monna Vanna" which had been attributed to the …

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A Secret History of the Pissing Figure in Art

Look at “Saint Luke Drawing the Virgin,” a fifteenth-century portrait by Rogier van der Weyden, and you’ll notice two figures in the middle distance, lingering at the crenellations in the courtyard. One gestures in faint surprise; somebody has captured their attention. It’s not Luke the Evangelist, …

Meredith Frampton is the forgotten genius of British art

Many today have never heard of Meredith Frampton, a British artist who died in obscurity in 1984. Alastair Sooke explains why it’s time to introduce the world to his brilliance.<p>One day in 1980, a talented curator at the Tate gallery set out for the village of Monkton Deverill on the River Wylye in …

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Caravaggio the criminal: How a life on the lam changed the Baroque painter’s art

<b>"Beheading of Saint John the Baptist" by Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (Wikimedia)</b><p>Wanted for murder, the artist fled Rome and joined a Crusades order, where he created some of his famous works<p>Noah Charney<p>September 10, 2017 6:00pm (UTC)<p><i>Last week, we delved into the sordid history of one of the</i> …

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11 Secrets Hidden in Famous Works of Art

Among Michelangelo’s venerable ceiling murals inside the Vatican’s Sistine Chapel is arguably the most iconic depiction of man’s relationship to God. …

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Jennifer Guidi Is One of the West Coast's Rising Art Stars

JENNIFER GUIDI works slowly, echoing the controlled style of an artisan: a calligrapher pressing ink to paper or an embroiderer threading silk. Her meticulous, repetitive technique, which she periodically broadcasts to over 50,000 followers on Instagram, involves the steady layering of sand mixed …

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Cézanne unmasked: the shattering portraits that blew Picasso and the Paris avant garde away

He painted his wife without lips. He painted his friend with a spinal deformity. And he painted himself as a ghost in a top hat. Paul Cézanne’s unflinching portraits, coming to Britain this autumn, didn’t just astonish Picasso and his disciples. They changed art for ever<p>In Paris at the dawn of the …

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Alice Cooper Forgot He Had an Andy Warhol Print Worth Millions in His Storage

Today in celebrities aren’t just like us, Alice Cooper found an Andy Warhol print worth millions that he forgot he owned for more than 40 years just …

The unending fight to preserve 'The Last Supper'

In April, Italian marketplace chain Eataly announced it would sponsor the latest effort to preserve Leonardo da Vinci's painting <i>The Last Supper</i>. It's the perfect marketing partnership: A food company saves the most famous depiction of a meal for future generations. This excerpt is from its online …

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Leonardo da Vinci’s Visionary Notebooks Now Online: Browse 570 Digitized Pages

Quick, what do you know about Leonardo da Vinci? He painted the <i>Mona Lisa</i>! He wrote his notes backwards! He designed supercool bridges and flying …

Unraveling the Emotional Depth of Edward Hopper’s Modern Masterpiece ‘Nighthawks’

Celebrated as a key figure of 20th century American art, lifelong New Yorker Edward Hopper held that “great art is the outward expression of an inner life in the artist, and this inner life will result in his personal vision of the world.” While this intimate artistic approach is apparent in many …

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The Story Behind Gustav Klimt’s Shimmering Symbolist Painting ‘The Kiss’

Austrian artist Gustav Klimt is known for his ethereal, pattern-rich portraits. Today, several of these canvases are considered masterpieces, though <i>This Kiss</i>, a particularly exquisite piece, seems to float above the rest.<p>Featuring shimmering gold tones, stylized forms, and sentimental iconography,</i> …

7 Major Painting Styles: From Realism to Abstract

Ranked From Most to Least Realistic<p>Part of the joy of painting in the 21st century is the range of available art styles. The late 19th and 20th …