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The art works that caused a scandal

As two major museums have scrapped plans to show controversial works 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 …

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The Secret Lives of Leonardo da Vinci

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 Lippi was accused of fathering a child with a nun. But the crime that the government was really …

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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 …

Art History

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 the Mona Lisa by the master himself?<p>French government art experts are trying to find out, analyzing the sketch in a laboratory beneath the Louvre, the …

Leonardo Da Vinci

'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 …

Art History

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, …

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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

Wanted for murder, the artist fled Rome and joined a Crusades order, where he created some of his famous works<p><i>Last week, we delved into the sordid history of one of the most celebrated painters in art history, Caravaggio. We left off with his flight from Rome, as he sought a papal pardon to avoid</i> …

Art History

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. …

Art History

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 …

Art History

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> …

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7 Major Painting Styles, Ranked from Most to Least Realistic

Part of the joy of painting in the 21st century is the range of art styles to choose from. The late 19th and 20th centuries saw artists make huge …

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Why Did Michelangelo Hate Raphael So Much? 5 Ferocious Feuds That Shaped Art History

Art World<p>From a Renaissance rivalry to the great clash of critics in NYC.<p>,<p>Throughout art history, the quest for remembrance and dominance has led to …

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Why Käthe Kollwitz, an Icon of German Modern Art, Is Still So Controversial on Her 150th Anniversary

Exhibitions<p>Her work, deemed too empathic, is snubbed by contemporary artists and the market.<p>,<p>There aren’t many artists whose work can spark vehement …

Family searches for answers in whale paintings

A Georgia teen's family is looking for answers after they say she took her life in an alleged on-line suicide game called the "Blue Whale Challenge." CNN's Kaylee Hartung reports

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Unknown Raphael Paintings Discovered in the Vatican

In the early 16th century, Pope Julius II commissioned the Italian painter Raphael to design the Hall of Constantine, a reception room in the …

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This Number Will Text You a Work of Art Based on What You Want to See

If you're in a creative slump, then the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art (SFMOMA) is here to get you back in the groove. The museum recently rolled …

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43 paintings you need to see before you die

In an old barn that Jackson Pollock transformed into a studio, the artist laid his massive canvas on the wooden plank floor. He hurled white, yellow, blue, and black paint with sticks and knives at it. As he finished, he pressed his cigarette butt into the canvas, dripping with color.<p>This is how …

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Link About It: Ten Women Who Built NYC's Art Scene

The Whitney, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim—these are world-famous art museums and their founders (or co-founders) all happen to be women. New York's art scene doesn't hinge on three institutions, however. From art salons and extensive commissions to forward-thinking galleries, women …

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What do you do after the Louvre? Here are 10 little-known museums in Paris

The Louvre, the Pompidou and the d’Orsay in Paris are giant “must-sees” and, of course, you must visit them.<p>Smaller gems such as the Musée de l’Orangerie and the Jeu de Paume are top destinations too.<p>But I had visited them on past trips, so I was up for discoveries. What I found was an assortment …

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Frida Kahlo on the Meanings of the Colors

From the color of madness and mystery to that of distance and tenderness.<p>More than a century after Goethe’s theoretical inquiry into the emotional hues of color, <b>Frida Kahlo</b> (July 6, 1907–July 13, 1954) contemplated the question from a far more intuitive place in a fragment from <b>The Diary of Frida</b> …

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David Lynch and the Iconic Paintings That Inspire His Visual Style — Watch

David Lynch's cinematic style owes a lot to painters like Francis Bacon and Edward Hopper.<p>David Lynch is one of the industry’s most visual …

David Lynch

Joan Miró | Women, Birds, and a Star | The Met

In August 1939, one month before the outbreak of World War II, Miró moved with his wife to Varengeville in Normandy, France. During the Nazi …

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