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London Art Fair 2019 showcases exceptional contemporary and modern art

Held at the Islington Business Design Centre last week, the 31st London Art Fair showcased exceptional modern and contemporary art from all over the UK and beyond. An opportunity to engage with new art, to view and buy the works of upcoming artists and to learn about the art world, the Fair attracted 20,000 international visitors and over 130 leading galleries from 16 countries in its run from 16-20 January. Sarah Monk, Director of the...

Tate Modern Exhibition Displays Artist’s Works as He Created Them

Opening 23 January, visitors to the Tate Modern will be able to see a major exhibition of pieces by French artist Pierre Bonnard, several of which will be displayed in the way that he painted them—as canvases attached to the wall without their frames. Curator Matthew Gale explained why Tate Modern wanted to recreate Bonnard’s unconventional studio style: “Most artist use stretchers, a wooden structure that keep the canvas flat, but he nailed them to...

A History of the Colour Purple

Betwixt vibrant red and calm blue sits ‘royal’ purple. You may call it mauve or violet, and it may not always be accompanied by a catchy preliminary adjective, but the colour purple was the most sought after in history, and has roots in mythology, piety, art and royalty. The most refracted colour when light passes through a prism, purple is at the far end of the visible colour spectrum, and is the hardest colour for...

Rembrandt, Vermeer and the Dutch Golden Age feature in Louvre Abu Dhabi exhibition

Louvre Abu Dhabi’s first international exhibition of 2019, Rembrandt, Vermeer & the Dutch Golden Age: Masterpieces from The Leiden Collection and the Musée du Louvre, will bring together paintings and drawings by Dutch masters Rembrandt van Rijn, Johannes Vermeer and their contemporaries. Opening on 14 February 2019, the exhibition will survey Rembrandt’s artistic journey in Leiden and Amsterdam and his relationships with rivals and peers, including Johannes Vermeer, Jan Lievens, Ferdinand Bol, Carel Fabritius, Gerrit...
‘Lost Michelangelo’ Goes Missing from Belgian Church

Art Focus‘Lost Michelangelo’ Goes Missing from Belgian Church

As quickly as it was rediscovered, a painting believed to be a lost work of Renaissance master Michelangelo has disappeared, a matter of days before experts were due to examine it. The 16th-century artwork depicts Mary, Joseph and a sleeping baby Jesus and had been undisturbed in a dark corner of the Sin Ludgerus church in the small Flemish town of Zele. Upon his discovery, pastor Jan Van Raemdonck, 61, noted the startling similarities between...
Lost Portrait of Charles Dickens Found at Junk Sale

Art FocusLost Portrait of Charles Dickens Found at Junk Sale

A portrait of a young Charles Dickens that had been lost for 174 years has been unearthed in a box of trinkets at a junk sale in South Africa. The palm-sized portrait, painted by artist and social campaigner Margaret Gillies in 1843, portrays the celebrated Victorian writer at the age of 31. The portrait was last seen in public in 1844 when it was displayed at the Royal Academy in London and Gillies reported the...
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