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A New Way to Move Paintings Around. (Art History Today)

An interesting history-related post from Art History Today:

These days pictures travel a lot, to all points of the compass. There’s always the danger of something going wrong: an aircraft crashing, a train being derailed, a transportation truck held up by art thieves. So what’s the solution? Should they stay at home under the watchful eye of the museum authorities.

Not at all. The Louvre have hit on a wonderful way of moving their paintings and sculpture from Paris to their annex in the industrial city of Lens, the so-called Louvre Lens.

Watch this animation on the home page. The art rises up out of the Louvre ...

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Aesthetic Appraisal and the Restoration Process. (Art History Today)

An interesting history-related post from Art History Today:

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St Anne, pre-restoration. St Anne, after cleaning.
I’m looking with growing horror at images of pre and post restoration images of the Leonardo Virgin and St Anne in the Louvre. They can be found here, in an article by the head of ArtWatch, Michael Daley. In a balanced and thoughtful post on restoration culture, Michael Daley highlights its real dangers, clearly evident in this latest example. These sections are especially relevant I think..

“All cleaning controversies turn on the extent to which pictures suffer during restoration. Even among those who authorise restorations, some concede that there are losses as ...

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A Restoration Too Far (Art History Today)

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Leonardo da Vinci, Virgin, Child and St Anne, Louvre, c. 1510.

 

Well, things have come to a pretty pass when eminent French curators refuse to associate themselves with the procedures of the Louvre. The Guardian reports that Ségolène Bergeon and Jean-Pierre Cuzin no longer agree with the cleaning treatment of one of the Louvre’s treasures- Leonardo’s Virgin and St Anne. Bergeon, an eminent expert on the cleaning of pictures said: "I can confirm that I have resigned from the international consultative committee, but my reasons I am reserving for a meeting with the president-director of the Louvre, Henri ...

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A First for the Louvre and an Omission in the National Gallery. (Art History Today)

An interesting history-related post from Art History Today:

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Georges de La Tour, Christ in the Carpenter’s Shop, 1645, oil on canvas, 137 x 101 cm.

 

Reading Art History News and the Tribune de l'Art posts about the Louvre's acquisition of a painter, hitherto unrepresented in that museum, Jean Le Clerc, got me thinking about a glaring 17th century French omission in our own National Gallery. This is a painter who may have influenced Le Clerc, Georges de La Tour. Though the gallery has a good collection of the French school, Poussin, Claude, Mignard, Le Sueur, the Le Nain, Champaigne, Vouet, it doesn’t posses a La Tour, though ...

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