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Treasures of Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
In 2013 it was announced by the FBI in Boston that they have identified those responsible for stealing priceless artwork in 1990. On a recent visit, I searched for 'other' hidden treasures.
Van Dyck – Saving a UK National Treasure
A splendid self portrait by the 17th century Flemish artist Sir Anthony van Dyck may be sold to a foreign source unless a UK buyer can raise £12.5m by 2014, thanks to a temporary export ban.
Van Gogh & His Influence on Art
Van Gogh was a Dutch artist who influenced modern art, despite his short life and personal rejections. He left the art world a plethora of paintings in a variety of styles. I will discuss what really tells us 'volumes' about his inner thoughts.
Van Gogh 'Sunflowers' Reproduction in Hong Kong
Have you ever wondered how many 'Sunflowers' paintings exist? In July 2013 the Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam allows 3D reproductions of five of the Dutch artist’s famous paintings to be shown at Hong Kong airport. I’ll discuss various 'Vase with Sunflowers' paintings and the HK exhibit.
Van Gogh – Newly Discovered Painting
‘Sunset at Montmajour’ was thought to be a forgery years before today’s modern technology. In September 2013, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam confirmed it as an original. I’ll discuss Van Gogh’s letters and how they were instrumental in authenticating this masterpiece.
Van Gogh or Wyeth - Is Art Relevant Today?
After returning from a whirlwind weekend in NY - visiting six museums, I observed the reactions of the crowds (and friends at home) on the popularity or (obscurity) of certain artists. I’ll also discuss a new initiative: 'Art Everywhere' project – bringing art to the public.
Van Gogh: Only One Painting Sold in His Lifetime
Vincent Van Gogh is probably one of the most recognizable names in the history of art. A ‘starving artist’ during his abbreviated life, selling just one painting during his lifetime, his paintings would posthumously realize the highest price ever paid for a work of art.
Vatican Art - The Other Michelangelo
Best known is Michelangelo Buonarroti, the Italian Renaissance artist. Born seven years after Michelangelo´s death, Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio was to become an extraordinary Italian Baroque artist and the 'bad boy' in the history of art.
Venetian Carnival Masks as Art
The annual Venetian Carnival or 'mardi gras' begins two weeks before Ash Wednesday. I will discuss the history 'behind' the illustrious masks worn by partygoers in Venice.
Vermeer Art Created from Smoke & Mirrors?
Artist David Hockney has been critical of artists such as Johannes Vermeer, saying he may have 'cheated' by projecting and tracing images onto his canvas. I'll explain the camera obscura and how contemporary artists such as Jeff Koons and Abelardo Morell use technology to produce their art.
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