Last updated November 23, 2023
I recovered the 6 paintings that were stolen last month from the town hall of Medemblik, the Netherlands, Historically very important paintings. Especially the one showing King Radbod, the last ruler of Frisia. The oldest portrait known of him. And one of 'William of Orange.' pic.twitter.com/jNbXTSXIRA— Arthur Brand (art detective) (@brand_arthur) October 17, 2023
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Detail of Edward Hopper Self Portrait 1903-1906
The Lost Mirror. Jews and Conversos in Medieval Spain
October 10, 2023 – January 14, 2024
"Using a broad selection of works, this exhibition recreates a medieval mirror that shows how Jews and conversos (converts to Christianity) were portrayed by Christians in Spain from 1285 to 1492. Images played a key role in the complex relationship between all three groups during this period. On the one hand, they were an important vehicle for the transmission of rites and artistic models between Christians and Jews and provided a space for collaboration between artists from both communities. On the other – the grim flipside – they helped spread the growing anti-Judaism embedded in Christian society. In this respect, the visual stigmatisation of the Jews was a faithful reflection of the Christians’ mirror, of their beliefs and anxieties, and accordingly a powerful means of asserting their identity."
Detail image "In the Laundry" by Robert Frederick Blum, 1884
Goya and his painting The Last Communion of St Joseph Calasanz "Sacred Mysteries, Saintly Failures" – MSN UK Telegraph
The article discusses how Goya sent back 3/4ths of his painting fee for doing two paintings, one being The Last Communion of St Joseph Calasanz, Goya saying it was a gift for his “countryman”. The article goes into more depth about Joseph Calasanz himself.
Harvard's Forbes Pigment Collection
Story at Protothema
These pigments aren’t just about aesthetics; they hold secrets that unravel the authenticity of artworks, guiding experts in distinguishing originality from restoration. However, these pigments aren’t without hazards; some are toxic, like arsenic-laden emerald green. Thus, this color repository serves as a silent witness to the passage of time, helping unveil the truth hidden within the strokes of artistry."
Inside the "Nashville Parthenon" in Tennessee - Golden idol
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