Dec 21, 2014

Series of tremors rattles Florence

More than 250 minor tremors have rattled the Florence region over the past three days, sparking alarm in Italy over the safety of Michelangelo’s “David” statue. According to the National Institute of Geophysics and Volcanology, the two strongest shocks in the Chianti region between ...

Dec 18, 2014

Churchill paintings sold off in rare auction

A collection of paintings by British wartime leader Winston Churchill was auctioned off on Wednesday in the biggest-ever sale of artwork by the statesman and accomplished painter. The 15 paintings included views from his holidays in France as well as the interiors of his ...

Dec 18, 2014

$10 million in stolen Los Angeles art recovered

Authorities have recovered $10 million worth of art — including paintings by Chagall and Diego Rivera — that were stolen in one of Los Angeles’ largest art heists. The FBI and Los Angeles recovered nine pieces of art at a Los Angeles hotel in ...

Greece outraged by British Museum's sculpture loan to Russia

Dec 6, 2014

Greece outraged by British Museum's sculpture loan to Russia

One of the British Museum’s much-disputed Parthenon Marbles was unveiled Friday after being sent in secret to Russia — a surprise move that outraged Greece, which has long demanded the return of the artifacts. The loan of the piece, an elegant depiction of the ...

'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, ...