Nature and allegory at new Titian show in Rome

Italian Renaissance painter Titian was known for his portraits, but a new exhibition opening in Rome on Tuesday asks visitors to examine the role nature played in the 16th-century Venetian master’s works. The exhibition, “Dialogues of Nature and Love”, at the Galleria Borghese sees two masterpieces spanning Titian’s career displayed together for the first time […]

Warhol portrait of Marilyn Monroe fetches record $195M: Christie’s

  by Andréa BAMBINO An iconic portrait of Marilyn Monroe by American pop art visionary Andy Warhol went under the hammer for $195 million Monday at Christie’s, becoming the most expensive 20th century artwork ever sold at public auction. “Shot Sage Blue Marilyn,” produced in 1964 two years after the death of the glamourous Hollywood […]

Is Picasso being cancelled?

by Sandra Biffot-Lacut, Jordi Zamora and Eric Randolph Pablo Picasso’s track-record with women certainly would not make him a feminist pin-up today. There were two wives, at least six mistresses and countless lovers — with a tendency to abandon women when they became ill, a voracious appetite for prostitutes, and some eye-popping age differences (his […]

Amsterdam museum returns Kandinsky painting to heirs

A prized Kandinsky painting sold to Amsterdam’s famous Stedelijk Museum during World War II has been returned to the heirs of its former Jewish owners, ending a nine-year-long saga, city officials said Monday. Wassily Kandinsky’s 1909 painting “Bild mit Haeusern” (Painting with Houses) was claimed by the descendants of Jewish art collector and modern art […]

Rare Botticelli under the hammer in New York, one year after record sale price

A rare Botticelli painting depicting Jesus Christ will go up for auction on January 27 at Sotheby’s in New York, a year after a record $92 million was paid for a work by the Italian Renaissance master. While the majority of works by Sandro Botticelli, such as the famous “Allegory of Spring” or “Birth of […]