News and Writing and Art and Art History | March 9th 

Katrina Grant

An exhibition of the work of Johann Zoffany has opened in London reviews here and here.

After the British people and various organisations stump up 45 million pounds to keep Titian’s Diana and Callisto in the UK Catherine Bennet asks whether the British people should (or would be willing to) pay to go into their public museums – relevant also here in Australia where most of our public collections are similarly free. Martin Kemp writes in his blog about a few ethical issues with the sale of the paintings.

X-ray investigation suggests the second version of Caravaggio’s Medusa shield is indeed by the master himself.

New Zealand architects are shattered by the loss of their lifetime’s work as more buildings damaged in the 2011 earthquake are demolished, with the Christchurch Cathedral joining the list of damaged buildings to be torn down.

The neuroscience behind our perception of beauty in art and in people.

Chemical analysis reveals that the Medici Venus was once brightly painted.

Ben Eltham on a new plan proposed by a government committee to try and convince wealthy Australian to support the arts financially.

Princeton University is crowd sourcing help to identify a town represented in a 17th century drawing by Remigio Canatgallina.

Conservators at the NGA have used infra-red to look at some the paintings currently in the gallery for ‘Renaissance’, on loan from the Accademia Carrara.

Vermeer’s’ ‘Woman in Blue’ will soon be seen with it’s orginal bright hues, the painting has been restored using funds from a tour of the painting in Japan.

Der Spiegel reports on forger Wolfgang Beltracchi’s claim that he faked ‘1000s of works’ by 50 different artists in addition to the know forgeries of works by by six well-known artists including Heinrich Campendonk, Fernand Léger and Max Ernst / link via Art History News.