Saturday, March 29, 2014

Saturday Grab Bag

Interestingly enough, most of Saturday's art bits are about the recovery of stolen art. We have one birthday boy, Anthony Van Dyke and one museum that bought a rare work by Artemisia Gentileschi.

The Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art-America's oldest public art museum-has acquired a rare self-portrait by Baroque painter Artemisia Gentileschi.

More on Artemisia:

Rembrandt's painting "Child with a Soap Bubble", stolen in 1999, has been recovered in the southern city of Nice, and two people found in possession of the Dutch master's painting have been arrested, a source close to the investigation said on March 19, 2014. AFP PHOTO / VALERY HACHE.

Norwegian Museum Will Return Matisse Painting to Heirs:  A Nazi-looted painting by Henri Matisse will be returned to the heirs of a Jewish art dealer by a museum in Norway. Painted in 1937, "Woman in Blue in Front of a Fireplace” is valued at about $40 million.

One is better than nothing? In other restution news, Gurlitt may now return the looted art. Octogenarian Cornelius Gurlitt originally said he would not restitute any of the artwork. In poor health from heart surgery, he now says he will return a Matisse to the family of the art dealer Paul Rosenberg, according to the lawyers. "Seated Woman/woman Sitting in an Armchair" was noticed in online images by descendants of Rosenberg when the Munich art trove was first made public last November.

Passed down from Gurlitt's father, who worked for the Nazis to collect "degenerate art" and confiscate art from Jews and others, there were 1,280 artworks found in the Munich apartment. A couple hundred more artworks were later discovered in Gurlitt's Salzburg residence. Many works were found to be in poor condition from improper storage, and 39 are paintings by the likes of Renoir, Monet and Manet.

Plus a short video of a BBC tour of his super secret stash:

Anthony van Dyke was born last week.  (22 March 1599 ? 9 December 1641). He  was a Flemish Baroque artist who became the leading court painter in England. He is most famous for his portraits of Charles I of England and his family and court, painted with a relaxed elegance that was to be the dominant influence on English portrait-painting for the next 150 years. He also painted biblical and mythological subjects, displayed outstanding facility as a draftsman, and was an important innovator in watercolour and etching. In this image: Auction workers pose for photographers as they hold a portrait made by Anthony van Dyck, during a pre-auction photo-op for the 'Old Master Paintings and Early British Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours' sale in Sotheby's auction house in central London, Friday July 3, 2009.

Who gets the art? Crimean museums fear they could lose hundreds of precious artefacts loaned to a Dutch museum before the peninsula's occupation by Russia, a museum director said Wednesday. The rich collection of items spanning the 2nd century BC to the late medieval era, was loaned to the Allard Pierson museum in Amsterdam before the political upheaval that resulted in the Crimea being annexed by Russia.

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