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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...

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After 142 years on New Bond Street, one of London’s oldest commercial art galleries, The Fine Art Society, is marking a new chapter by offering over 300 works in a Sotheby’s auction taking place in February 2019.  The sale on 5 February 2019 will see pieces by some of the most distinguished artists of the last 150 years go under the hammer. Perhaps most significant is James McNeill Whistler—one of the first and most celebrated...

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Klimt was the master of symbolism, but was his personal life as scandalous as his paintings? Born on July 14 1862 in Baumgarten, Austria, Gustav Klimt was the son of a struggling gold engraver. Klimt was the second of seven children and lived in poverty while he studied architectural painting at Vienna’s School of Applied Arts. All three of the Klimt boys displayed early artistic talent—as a member of the ‘Company of Artists’ (a group...

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For the second instalment in our Arts & Collections series, we visit Jo Holdsworth, a London-based artist at her home studio in Wimbledon in south west London. Jo talks animatedly about her influences and inspirations, including Frida Kahlo and her Lowry roots, over a coffee or two with the spring light streaming through the open windows. Jo Holdsworth is a London artist who is beginning to make a name for herself in the art world.  Already this...

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Her artwork is avidly collected by Madonna, she appeared on a bracelet worn by Theresa May and her iconic style has influenced the aesthetic of Gucci’s autumn/winter 2017 collection. Even today, her face remains a symbol of hope, resilience and empowerment. Magdalena Carmen Frida Kahlo y Calderón—commonly known as Frida Kahlo—was born 6 July 1907 in Mexico. Her artwork is often praised for its progressive outlook and stirring visual concepts. Kahlo’s influence on art, fashion...

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Lincoln Townley, self-styled ‘art outsider’ and cryptocurrency champion, has emerged as one of the leading contemporary artists of his generation. Dubbed by Michael Caine as ‘the next Andy Warhol’, his global influence and impressive list of star-studded collectors make him a force to be reckoned with in the art sphere.  But the London-born artist doesn’t play by the rules. Far from it: he flouts convention, eschewing the role of galleries and traditional auction houses. With social...

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Maurizio Cattelan is one of the most controversial and elusive figures in contemporary art. Bizarre and highly provocative, his epithet—the ‘prankster of the art world’—alludes to the strange, sometimes legally dubious, way he approaches his work. Early life and work Born in 1960 in Padua, Italy, Maurizio Cattelan came from humble beginnings. His upbringing was spartan and his family always knew he was an artistic soul. In a premature bid for independence and in pursuit...

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Edvard Munch (1863-1944) was a Norwegian painter and printmaker. He is widely admired for his most famous artwork, The Scream (c.1893), although avid art enthusiasts know him to be one of the most prolific and influential figures of modern art.  Born the son of a priest, Munch grew up in Ådalsbruk in Løten, Norway. Not long after his birth, Munch’s mother died from tuberculosis, leaving his father to raise him and his siblings. Munch’s father suffered from mental health...

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Arts & Collections catches up with Joe Webb to get an insight into his creative mind. Contemporary art can take many forms. Some artists choose to embark on the traditional route of taking paintbrush to canvas; others have moved on to new media, using Photoshop and graphics tablets to create their images. Joe Webb started out as a graphic designer, but in an act of rebellion against the machine, he started creating collages—cutting and gluing...

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Arts & Collections takes a look at one of the top female artists of all time, Georgia O’Keeffe. Georgia O’Keeffe (1887-1986) was born in Wisconsin to an Irish father and Dutch/Hungarian mother and was the second of seven children. She studied art and painting from a young age—something her mother encouraged—and attended the Art Institute of Chicago after graduating from high school. O’Keeffe took classes with the Art Students League with whom she won an...

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