Tag Archives: fine art

paintings from the hermitage return to england

Houghton Hall, Yorkshire, England image credit: Houghton International In an unprecedented move, The Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg is temporarily reuniting 126 major Old Master paintings with their ancestral home of Houghton Hall in Norfolk, England from 17 May to … Continue reading

making magic from everyday objects – the art of tara donovan

I almost missed Tara Donavan’s (b. 1969) first European show at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art outside of Copenhagen, Denmark had it not been for some of my itinerant friends.  Tara, for those who don’t know, is a Brooklyn-based … Continue reading

postcards from rome

There is a reason why Rome is called “The Eternal City” and a good example are two opposite views of the Capitoline Hill, one of the seven hills that surround the city, imminently coming up for auction at Sotheby’s Old … Continue reading

from the artist studio to the home: decorating with body parts from the past

These fascinating terracotta body parts are rare examples of 16th century artist’s models taken largely from Michelangelo’s figures for the Medici tombs in Florence, used by aspiring late Renaissance artists and sculptors to practice their technique. For sale at Sotheby’s … Continue reading

Old Master Paintings at Sotheby’s: Pietro Longhi’s Venetian spectacle

Old Master Painting’s week in New York is held from 25-30 January.  Here the luminary auction houses and dealers pull out their best kit in order to dazzle the world.   Sotheby’s in particular, has an exciting sale. I love Italian … Continue reading

Marabou’s modern sculpture collection goes up for sale in Sweden

I never got to see the famed Marabou Collection of sculpture en situ during my years at Christie’s, but fortunately for a few collectors, the collection was put up for sale and offered by Stockholm’s Bukowski’s auction house last month. … Continue reading

Francis Bacon’s anguished Pope Innocent X at Sotheby’s: talk about art with wall power

Pictures of Popes and Cardinals can be a difficult sell.  While these were prevalent in the centuries prior to the 20th, I wouldn’t say they are popular with today’s artists or art-buying crowd.  So what’s all the fuss about a … Continue reading