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    “Sister Wendy Beckett has transformed public appreciation of art through her astonishing knowledge, insight and passion for painting and painters.” This set includes Sister Wendy's Story of Painting, Sister Wendy's Odyssey, and Sister Wendy's Grand Tour. Simultaneously delightful and scholarly--this is a must have for anyone interested in art history.

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Friday
Dec242010

Nativity

Duccio, Nativity panel, National Gallery of Art, Washington 1308-11

Wednesday
Dec152010

Restored Renaissance Masterpiece on View in New Installation at Metropolitan Museum

Filippino Lippi (Italian, Prato 1457?–1504 Florence), Madonna and Child, Ca. 1485. Tempera, oil, and gold on wood, 32 x 23 1/2 in. (81.3 x 59.7 cm) The Metropolitan Museum of Art, The Jules Bache Collection, 1949 49.7.10. NEW YORK, NY.

A recent restoration of a "Madonna and Child" by Filippino Lippi (1457-1504), the great 15th Century Florentine painter has revealed a vivid, richly colored masterpiece.

A test cleaning revealed that beneath a thick, discolored varnish there was a beautifully preserved, richly colored painting. It emerged that the varnish had been artificially toned to create an almost monochromatic appearance—an amber-colored uniformity that conformed to the idea of how an Old Master should appear. So striking is the transformation that the picture seems a new acquisition.

To celebrate this restoration, The Metropolitan Museum of Art is mounting A Renaissance Masterpiece Revealed: Filippino Lippi’s Madonna and Child, a focused exhibition, beginning January 15, 2011, that will include the picture and a number of objects in the Museum’s permanent collection that can be associated with (Lippi patron Filippo) Strozzi...

Read the entire story at artdaily.org

Monday
Dec132010

Unseen Egon Schiele Work to be Unveiled at the New Richard Nagy Gallery in UK

Egon Schiele, Kneeling Nude in Coloured Dress, 1911. Gouache, watercolour, and pencil on paper, 56 x 38.4 cm (22 x 15 1/8 in). Private Collection, Courtesy of Richard Nagy Ltd, London

From ArtDaily.org

More than forty-five extraordinary works by Austrian artist Egon Schiele, previously unseen in the UK, will be unveiled at Richard Nagy’s new gallery on Old Bond Street from 07 February – 04 March 2011. Much of the four thousand works Schiele produced during his short lifetime can only be seen in Vienna; at the Belvedere, the Albertina and the Leopold Museum, or New York, primarily at the Neue Galerie

While Schiele is recognised as one of the greatest draftsmen of the 20th Century, with watercolours making over $11 million at auction, his work is absent from museum collections in the United Kingdom and has been given little public attention in the past twenty years. In 1989, the Royal Academy of Arts staged the first and last museum exhibition in the country, Egon Schiele and his Time. Since then Schiele’s work has only made fleeting appearances in group shows, to which Nagy has loaned pieces. Focusing exclusively on women, this exhibition provides a rare opportunity to discover museum-quality drawings and watercolours from the artist’s most creative ‘Mature Period’ (1910-1918).

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Friday
Dec102010

A Rear-End View!

EPA/Sashenka GutierrezMEXICO CITY.- View of a Volkswagen Beetle vehicle that two families of Mexican natives from Huichol ethnic group transformed into a work of art, Mexico City, Mexico, on 09 December 2010 . Named Vochol, a combination of the popular Vocho used in Mexico to name the Beetle model and the word Huichol. The car was unveiled at the Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City, initiator of the project.

Friday
Dec102010

The Side View!

EPA/Sashenka GutierrezMEXICO CITY.- A Huichol Indigenous man poses inside a Volkswagen Beetle vehicle, that two families of Mexican natives from this ethnic group transformed into a work of art, Mexico City, Mexico, on 09 December 2010 . Named Vochol, a combination of the popular Vocho used in Mexico to name the Beetle model and the word Huichol. The car was unveiled at the Museum of Popular Art in Mexico City, initiator of the project.