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The 1%: African American artists in US institutions

Oct 2nd, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

In 2018 Amy Sherald’s Portrait of Michelle Obama and Kehinde Wiley’s Portrait of Barack Obama were unveiled at The National Portrait Gallery. The museum contains 23,000 works in its collections, from the official portraits of presidents to the great men and women of the arts, sciences and public life in...

Where art meets science: Restoring masterpieces by Nelli, Rembrandt, Pollock and Van Gogh

Jun 12th, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

Most of the art you see in galleries and museums has survived because of restoration and conservation work. This work is absolutely necessary because a work of art is subject to quite complex chemical, physical and mechanical processes that degrade the materials from which it is made. In this article,...

On the art of stealing art

Apr 2nd, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

30 March 2020 – all is quiet in The Hague, and a Van Gogh painting is stolen from the Singer Laren museum. The alarm system is triggered, but the thieves have got away before the police arrive, with a painting estimated to be worth more than 6 million euros. Another...

The making of Victoria: From Sullivan Bay to the Gold Boom

Mar 20th, 2020 | Dr Nick Gordon

The discovery of gold in Victoria in the 1850s brought people from across the world, pushing the newly formed colony to develop rapidly, throwing some curious characters into the spot light, and ultimately shaping Victoria to this day. In this article, Dr Nick Gordon looks at the history of Victoria,...

A potted history of the Rhine and its art

Dec 18th, 2019 | Dr Nick Gordon

The Rhine is home to an exceptional number of museums, castles, gardens and beautiful architecture, from Charlemagne’s Aachen, through the cathedrals of Strasbourg and Cologne, to modern masterpieces, themselves often filled with…well… more masterpieces. The density of cultural heritage along the Rhine is the result of a fascinating history that...

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