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Last updated Aug 7, 2021

Most museums are back on their feet after long closure due to the pandemic. Whether this will be maintained in the face of restrictions being "fine-tuned" and added to as the impact of mutation variants are felt, remains to be seen. Full-on masking (regardless of vaccination status) has been implemented at the National Gallery in Washington DC, for example.


"Invisible sculpture" by Italian artist Salvatore Garau sells for $18K

It is literally invisible. Story at Protothema


Winslow Homer Nets detail

Detail from A Light in the Sea, 1897. Winslow Homer, oil on canvas.

Winslow Homer – Kissing the Moon

Winslow Homer – Breezing Up

Winslow Homer – A Light on the Sea, 1897


Museums open list:

Red Square List Item Louvre Museum - Paris

All visitors aged 11 and up must wear a mask. All visitors, including those entitled to free admission, must book a time slot.

Louvre Website

Red Square List Item Tate Modern in London

Timed tickets are required for all visitors
OPENING TIMES Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00

Tate Website

Red Square List Item Florence Museum - Italy

The rules for visiting the museum are at their website in a PDF

Forence Museum website

Red Square List Item Rijksmuseum Museum – Amsterdam, Netherlands

"Home of the Dutch Masters"

The rules for visiting the museum , booking an appointment, and prices.


If you ever wanted to own a Da Vinci, here's your chance

July 8, 2021: Leonardo da Vinci's drawing of "Head of a Bear" will sell in London on Thursday.

Article about Da Vinci "Bear" – NBC News

Auction page at Christies



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Classical Painting Atelier: A Contemporary Guide to Traditional Studio Practice - AMAZON Published by Watson-Guptill, 256 pages

Visiting Greece 2021


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