News and Writing about Art and Art History

Katrina Grant

Gratutious Leonardo da Vinci of Ginevra de' Benci brought to you by the National Gallery of Arts new open access image database.

Architect Corbett Lyon and his family get the go ahead from the City of Boroondara to develop a small public museum in Cotham Road, Kew.

The Guardian looks at Damien Hirst, the world’s richest artist on the eve of his Tate retrospective.

The Artintheblood blog raises questions about the Poussin reported recovered but Italian art police (news report here) – while Art History News casts doubt on the Van Dyck and Rubens also supposedly recovered.

The MCA in Sydney about to reopen as the Museum of Contemporary Art Australia after a makeover with lots of new space including an entire floor dedicated to the permanent collection – reports in the New York Times and Sydney Morning Herald.

The National Gallery of Art, Washington has joined public collections like the British Museum and Victoria and Albert Museum and is offering easy and free access to more that 20 000 digital images – of 3000 pixels each – of its collection. It will be music to the ears of art historians to learn that ‘images of these works are now available free of charge for any use, commercial or non-commercial. Users do not need to contact the Gallery for authorization to use these images.’ Let’s hope more galleries and museums continue to follow this sensible example of making the works in their collections more accesible.

Ingrid D. Rowland review of Toby Lester’s book about Leonardo’s ‘Vitruvian Man’ ‘Da Vinci’s Ghost: Genius, Obsession, and How Leonardo Created the World in His Own Image.’

Ginette Heilbronn Moulin is pursuing a claim that the Wildenstein family, an international dynasty of French art dealers, is concealing information about the stolen work, via the New York Times.

The Queensland Art Gallery has merged the brands of its two sites – the Queensland Art Gallery itself and the Gallery of Modern Art – into one

Social media helps researchers at the University of St Andrews to identify  a 15th century Italian manuscript.

James Panero ponders the question: What’s a museum? – On the changing nature of our cultural institutions.


Lecturer, Visual Communication and Digital Design – Griffith University (closes 9th May).

Professor of the History and Philosophy of Art – University of Kent (closes 9th April).

University Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (link to general jobs page), The University of Western Australia – open research area (closes 13th April).

Communications Coordinator at Australia Centre for the Moving Image (closes 1st April).