'Stuart Little' helps lost Hungarian painting come home

Nov 28, 2014

'Stuart Little' helps lost Hungarian painting come home

A long-lost avant-garde painting has returned home to Hungary after nine decades thanks to a sharp-eyed art historian who spotted it being used as a prop in the Hollywood film “Stuart Little.” In 2009, Gergely Barki, a researcher at Hungary’s National Gallery, noticed “Sleeping ...

Limestone 'Venus' 23,000 years old dug up in France

Nov 28, 2014

Limestone 'Venus' 23,000 years old dug up in France

A limestone statuette of a shapely woman some 23,000 years old has been discovered in northern France in what archaeologists Thursday described as an “exceptional” find. Archaeologists stumbled on the Paleolithic-era sculpture during a dig in the summer in Amiens, the first such find ...

Swiss museum to accept art trove, return Nazi-looted works

Nov 24, 2014

Swiss museum to accept art trove, return Nazi-looted works

A museum in the Swiss capital has agreed to accept an art trove bequeathed to it this year by German collector Cornelius Gurlitt, and vowed to return any works in the horde seized by the Nazis. Kunstmuseum Bern said Monday it will take the ...

Hitler watercolor fetches $162,000 at auction

Nov 23, 2014

Hitler watercolor fetches $162,000 at auction

A watercolor of Munich’s old City Hall believed to have been painted by Adolf Hitler a century ago was sold for €130,000 ($162,000) at an auction in Germany on Saturday. Kathrin Weidler, director of the Weider auction house in Nuremberg, said the work attracted ...

O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4 million

Nov 21, 2014

O'Keeffe painting sells for record $44.4 million

A Georgia O’Keeffe painting of a simple white flower has sold for $44.4 million, more than triple the previous auction record for a work by a female artist. Sotheby’s New York says the 1932 painting, “Jimson Weed/White Flower No. 1,” sold Thursday during the ...

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully sets sights on China

Nov 21, 2014

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully sets sights on China

Irish-American abstract artist Sean Scully counts Irish rocker Bono among his pals and collectors. He wouldn’t be unhappy if some of China’s 1.4 billion people also took a shine to his art being displayed at a retrospective in Shanghai later this month. Scully, 69, ...

Small shops in Tokyo's Yanesen area keep crafts alive

Nov 6, 2014

Small shops in Tokyo's Yanesen area keep crafts alive

by Linda Lombardi

Tokyo is home to many modern creations: high tech, animation, youth fashion. But in the small crafts shops crowding the area known as Yanesen, you can watch artisans preserving traditional crafts, or updating them. Yanesen, a combination of three neighborhood names — Yanaka, Nezu ...

Manet painting sells for $65 million at NY auction

Nov 6, 2014

Manet painting sells for $65 million at NY auction

An 1881 masterpiece by Edouard Manet sold for $65 million at auction in New York on Wednesday, a record for a work by the French impressionist artist. “Spring,” which the auction house Christie’s had valued at $25 million to $30 million, depicts a famous ...

Vatican unveils new air, light systems to protect Sistine Chapel frescoes

Oct 30, 2014

Vatican unveils new air, light systems to protect Sistine Chapel frescoes

The Vatican on Wednesday unveiled new high-tech, energy-saving lighting and air purification systems to protect Michelangelo’s delicate Sistine Chapel frescoes from damage caused by ever-growing crowds of tourists. Dust brought in from outside, body sweat and carbon dioxide pose a major risk to the ...