Recent News and Writing about Art and Art History

Katrina Grant

A 2,500-year-old statue of a young woman that was illegally excavated and hidden in a goat-pen near Athens (via Huffington Post - AP Photo/Greek Police handout)

Photos in colour from early twentieth-century Russia by photographer Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudin-Gorskii who took thousands of vividly coloured photographs of the last days of the Russian Empire.

In a move that is both bizarre and a sign of the times in particular for galleries the US the San Francisco Museum of Art buys a new Edward Hopper painting – ‘Intermission’ – using funds raised by selling off their old Hopper – ‘Bridle Path’.

Wondering what a synchotron can do for art historians? Well a collaboration between scientists and art historians  has uncovered a portrait of Sir Arthur Streeton.

Greek police have recovered an ancient Greek kore statue that was hidden in a goat pen near Athens.

The Guardian reports that Rembrandt’s painting The Old Rabbi, housed at Woburn Abbey in the UK, has been authenticated by experts as a Rembrandt and as a pair with a painting owned by the Gemäldegalerie in Berlin.

Nuns in Kathmandu help to restore 400-year-old paintings via The Art Newspaper.

Not art news per se but a topic close to the hearts of all researchers is the planned transfer of  3 million books out of the New York Public Library into offsite storage (in New Jersey) to create space for computers.

The Paul Mellon Centre for Studies in British Art has launched its archive catalogue online. The majority of the material concerns the study of seventeenth and eighteenth-century British art. Particular subject strengths include the Grand Tour and country house collections.

The Louvre confirms redating of the Mona Lisa see The Art Newspaper  and also reveals Leonardo’s ‘The Virgin and Child with St Anne’ after an intense and controversial cleaning process, Washington Post.

 The Three Pipe Problem has an analysis of the reporting of gallery technical findings using the Prado’s ‘Mona Lisa’ as a case study.

Art in the blood has a recent post on the research reports on the Malmesbury Judgement of Paris.

Noah Charney on the Guercino exhibition currently on in Rome.

Jobs and Funding

Lecturer in Design at the VCA, University of Melbourne (closing date April 10).

Two curating jobs at La Trobe University Museum of Art – one full time and one part time (closing SOON 2nd April).

2012-2014 Stefan Engelhorn Curatorial Fellowship at the Busch-Reisinger Museum/Harvard Art Museums (closing April 5th).

Calls for Papers

European Networks in the Baroque Era, Vienna, September 2012 (deadline 30 April 2012).

North-Eastern American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 2012 conference all for papers (deadline 30th April).