The history of the collection (part 4)
Work on completing the section of Italian painting has intensified significantly since the late 1960s. The author of these lines, having begun at that time his professional career as the…

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The history of the collection (part 4)
Work on completing the section of Italian painting has intensified significantly since the late 1960s. The author of these lines, having begun at that time his professional career as the…

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"Bavarian rose" - Empress Sissi. Ceremonial portraits, drama, life (part 1)
The extraordinary beauty of the Empress of Austria and fascinating conversations with her while posing admired Franz the Magnificent-artist Winterhalter. And sissy herself, as Elizabeth of Bavaria was called by…

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Monthly Archives: April 2018

Operation “Masterpiece”. Six facts about crimes in the sphere of art from the book by Robert Whitman

In September, Ivanov, Mann & Ferber released a new book, Operation Masterpiece, written by former FBI agent Robert Wittman and co-authored by John Schiffman. What is interesting about this book? First of all, the personality of the author. Robert Wittman spent twenty years solving crimes in the field of art, searching for stolen antiquities and paintings.

In total, he managed to return works of art totaling tens of millions of dollars. Among these items were a gold plate of an Indian chief, and a sculpture of Rodin, and an old battle flag, and paintings by Norman Rockwell, Picasso and Monet. In fact, operation Masterpiece, in which part of the paintings stolen from the Gardner Museum were found, was the pinnacle of Wittman’s career (despite the fact that the works were missed due to the accidental disclosure of Wittman’s identity by the French authorities). Recall that in the latter case we are talking about the investigation of the robbery in 1990, when it was stolen 11 masterpieces, including paintings by Rembrandt and Vermeer. Continue reading

Edward Lear: great artist, singer of nonsense

With the light hand of Edward Lear limericks went on his triumphant March around the world, establishing the canons of true English humor. Funny pentameters accompanied the drawings: long-nosed cranks, fat cats, dumbfounded owls … Illustrations were to match the new genre of absurdity. And who would have thought that a serious artist, a virtuoso animalist and master of landscape, “descend” to this? We tell about the remarkable artist who radiated warmth and good nature and managed to fill the world with charming paradoxes.

Edward Lear (1812 — 1888) was born in North London, the son of stockbroker Jeremy Lear and his wife Anne Clark Skerret. At a time when the main occupations of women were home Economics and the birth of children, it was not surprising that the future artist was the 20th child in the family. He was the youngest child to survive in an age without antibiotics or vaccinations. The economic turmoil of the Napoleonic wars led to the collapse of the London stock exchange, which directly affected the welfare of the Lear family. Continue reading

IDA O'keefe: life and oblivion in the shadow of a sister
When you hear the name O'keefe, who comes to mind? Most likely, Georgia. Her sensual flowers in pastel colors and bright paintings of desert landscapes have become iconic. But what…

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WHAT IS A PORTRAIT TO ORDER TODAY?
People tend to want to leave their mark in history, perpetuating their own image in the form of a portrait on canvas. In former times, to order a portrait could…

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THE MOST EXPENSIVE PAINTINGS OF 2017
I place and a new sensation in the art world – the most expensive painting on the planet: Leonardo da Vinci. Savior of the world. Circa 1500 Christie's, new York,…

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THE MOST HIGH-PROFILE SALES OF PAINTINGS IN THE WORLD IN 2014
1. Barnett Newman "Black fire I" 1961 g-84 160 000 USD The masterpiece was sold under the hammer on may 13, 2014 at Christie's evening auction and set a price…

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