The Architectural Gem of Le Musée du Petit-Palais

Jun 25th, 2020 | Dr Michael Adcock

Travellers visiting Paris are eager to visit the capital’s great museums, such as the famous Louvre Museum and the renowned Orsay Museum. There are, however, some two hundred and fifty museums in Paris which are superlative ‘hidden gems’. In these times of restricted travel, cultural historian Dr. Michael Adcock invites...

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,...

Raphael at the Scuderie del Quirinale – a walk in the exhibition

May 14th, 2020 | Dr Kathleen Olive

When Raphael died on 6 April 1520 – according to tradition, on his birthday – the Italian art world immediately felt his loss. This year marks the 500th anniversary of Raphael’s death, and the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome had planned a large exhibition dedicated exclusively to the “infinite riches”...

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 Dutch Golden Age – reality & illusion

Jan 24th, 2020 | Dr Sophie Oosterwijk

The art of painting flourished in the Netherlands in the 17th century, and masterpieces by the likes of Rembrandt, Vermeer or Hals continue to fascinate us. The people look so real and as we peer into their houses, look out across their streets and landscapes, we feel like we could...

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