Utamaro woodblock print fetches world-record €745,000 in Paris

Jun 23, 2016

Utamaro woodblock print fetches world-record €745,000 in Paris

A Japanese woodblock print from the Edo Period fetched €745,000 ($841,000) at auction in Paris, setting a world record for both the genre and the artist, Kitagawa Utamaro, the auctioneer said. The work by the 18th-century artist, titled “Deeply Hidden Love” (“Fukaku Shinobu Koi”), ...

Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published in November

Jun 17, 2016

Newly discovered Van Gogh sketchbook to be published in November

A sketchbook of drawings by Dutch post-impressionist master Vincent Van Gogh has been discovered and will be published in November, the French publisher Seuil announced Thursday. “This sketchbook was known only to the owners, myself and the publisher,” Seuil official Bernard Comment said, calling ...

Anthropologist follows trail of century-old hobo graffiti

May 31, 2016

Anthropologist follows trail of century-old hobo graffiti

Anthropologist Susan Phillips had spent a career examining the graffiti that covers urban walls, bridges and freeway overpasses. But when she came across an unrecognizable collection made not with spray paint but substances like grease pencil and apparently left there for a century, she ...

Collector Maezawa drops $98 million on art in two days

May 12, 2016

Collector Maezawa drops $98 million on art in two days

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Yusaku Maezawa, the 40-year-old founder of online clothing retailer Zozotown, continued his art shopping spree on Wednesday, helping Sotheby’s reach $242.2 million in sales at its contemporary art auction even as the art market continues to contract. Maezawa said he is building a private ...

Masterpieces lost in Italian museum heist are recovered in Ukraine

May 12, 2016

Masterpieces lost in Italian museum heist are recovered in Ukraine

Paintings including masterpieces by Rubens and Tintoretto that were stolen from a Verona museum last year have been found in Ukraine, Italy’s culture minister said Wednesday. “It is a great day,” the minister, Dario Franceschini, said in a statement. “The artworks will soon be ...

Cave artwork in France 10,000 years older than thought

Apr 13, 2016

Cave artwork in France 10,000 years older than thought

Some of the world’s oldest prehistoric artwork, located in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc cave in southeastern France, is actually 10,000 years older than previously thought, researchers said Tuesday. The red and black cave drawings contained in the cave are more than 30,000 years old, according ...

'Caravaggio' masterpiece found in French attic

Apr 13, 2016

'Caravaggio' masterpiece found in French attic

A painting discovered in the attic of a house in France is an “authentic” work by Italian Renaissance master Caravaggio that could be worth up to 120 million euros, two experts said Tuesday. But others still have doubts over the spectacular canvas. The owners ...

Munch lithograph stolen in 2009 recovered in Norway; pair arrested

Apr 7, 2016

Munch lithograph stolen in 2009 recovered in Norway; pair arrested

Norwegian police on Wednesday announced the recovery of a valuable lithograph by Edvard Munch that was stolen in 2009, with two men arrested. The artwork, named “Historien,” or “History” in Norwegian, was retrieved undamaged, a statement said. It shows an elderly bearded man speaking ...

Graffiti app could keep ancient walls clean in Florence

Mar 23, 2016

Graffiti app could keep ancient walls clean in Florence

The days of scribbling “I woz here” on Florence’s historic monuments are gone. From now on, would-be vandals will be able to graffiti via app instead, with their messages kept for posterity. “Welcome to Giotto’s Campanile!” reads a message on a digital tablet for ...