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...

The year Picasso became Picasso, 1901

Nov 8th, 2019 | Dr Michael Adcock

Picasso’s celebrated Blue Period (starting in the second half of 1901) commands such public attention that it is easy to overlook the truly seminal half year that preceded it, in which Picasso, energised by the prospect of a first exhibition in Paris, worked with determination to create a corpus of...

Majolica, The Leopard, fallen women & Caravaggio: The private museums of Palermo and Naples

Oct 24th, 2019 | Robert Veel

One of the great benefits of making an extended stay in a city is that you don’t just visit the ‘must-see’ sites that every tourist knows about. Europe’s capitals are brimming with fascinating small museums, many of them privately owned and operated. Robert Veel, who leads our Palermo and Naples...

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