News and Writing on Art and Art History | June 8th 

No longer part of the Met's collection - Hubert Robert (Paris 1733-1808) The Ruins; and The Old Bridge. Image via


The Art Newspaper on what having a left wing government in France could mean for the arts and culture sector.

The Museum of Modern Art in Sydney has clocked up an impressive quarter of a million visitors since it reopened in March this year.

How do galleries and museums deal with radioactive objects? This includes not only early scientific instruments but also a range of twentieth-century dinnerware that was given its distinctive red and orange colours by adding uranium oxide (maybe think twice about eating off your vintage plates!)

A useful online gallery of all the works to be included in the upcoming Raphael exhibition to be held at the Prado from June 12th this year.

An important Papunya Tula painting that has been missing for the past 10 years has turned up at an auction in Melbourne, it has now been withdrawn and will be repatriated to its original owners.

Degas scholars have boycotted a colloquium organised by the Hermitage to discuss the authenticity of a group of Degas bronzes. The scholars were apparently concerned about making themselves vulnerable to legal action based on any comments or assessments they might make.

A review of Leo Steinberg’s ‘Leonardo’s Incessant Last Supper’ (and a lively discussion in the comments).

The NGV has launched a database of Artist’s Colourmen (companies manufacturing and supplying artist’s materials) labels from the late Eighteenth Century onward. A useful resource for anyone studying works from their collection or works related to those held by the NGV.

The National Portrait Gallery in London has bought a portrait of Chevalier d’Eon, and eighteenth-century diplomat, soldier, spy, and transvestite. The portrait was originally mistakenly identified as a (rather manly) woman.

The Metropolitan Museum of Art has quietly consigned twelve old masters to Christies including works by Hubert Robert, Jacob Jordaens and Pieter Brueghel the Younger. They were sold on June 6th in an auction which also saw the sale of the Girolamo ROmanino painting of Christ Carrying the Cross, which was part of the Brera collection in Milan until it was restituted in February 2012 (it sold for 12.5 million US dollars).

Calls for Papers

Fourth Early Modern Symposium: Art and Its Afterlives, Courtauld Institute (London, November 2012) – deadline 1st July.

Doing Photography (Durham, 9-11 Jan 13) – deadline 30th June.

Jobs and Funding Opportunities

General Manager of the Print Council of Australia, based in Melbourne – deadline 18th June.

PhD Research Fellow at the University of Leuven – deadline 2nd July.

Curatorial Research Fellowships at The Yale Center for British Art – 9th July 2012.