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20.06.2015. From Barcelona to Basel

June 21, 2015

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1. The road to heaven.   This Spanish School – Circle of José de Ribera rocketed from an estimate of €4,000 to a hammer price of €350,000. It might be by the master himself, although I won’t rule out the name of Juan Do (Saint Jerome, oil on canvas, 135 x 102 cm, La Suite […]

28.10.2012: From Naples to Rome.

October 28, 2012

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1. Sometimes it is just too late. Sure some of you are familiar with the work of Giovanni Battista Lusieri (c. 1755 – c.1821), but it has taken me about three and a half decades, plus this review in the FAZ about Expanding Horizons, the current retrospective in the Scottish National Gallery, to come across […]

13.10.2012: From the Pyrenees to Sitges, via Rome.

October 13, 2012

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1. It was just one century ago.   The stellar news of the week follow a familiar pattern. In 1904, the architect and art historian Lluís Domènech i Montaner took the picture on the left, the first to show off the nave of the shockingly fine Sant Climent of Taüll church, lost in a remote valley […]

20 September 2012

September 20, 2012

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1. Planning for Van Dyck.   Prado’s forthcoming signature exhibition, The Young Van Dyck opens on November 20th(until March 3rd, 2013). This is how it is planned to hang – according to the General Conditions for the installation contract, published last July, accessible here. As usual, the Friends of the Prado will offer a series of […]

17 may 2012

May 17, 2012

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1. What an amazing job they have done. The Tapestry of the Creation during the restoration process, showing the reverse side. A few months ago, I posted here about the start of the restoration of the Tapestry of the Creation (wool on wool, 358 x 450 cm, end of the 11th century – beginning of […]