Art and Artifice
Last updated July 10, 2021
With the pandemic keeping a lot of museums and galleries closed up, seeing art in person has been quite limited.
Museums open list:
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.
Tate Modern in London
Timed tickets are required for all visitors
OPENING TIMES Monday to Sunday 10.00–18.00
Florence Museum - Italy
The rules for visiting the museum are at their website in a PDF
If you ever wanted to own a Da Vinci, here's your chance
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
Italian museums reopening
May 2021: Video report at ABC News
Musee d'Orsay in Paris about to re-open with 5,000 per day limit
Story at Yahoo News
Picasso: Woman Sitting Near a Window (Marie-Therese) sold for $103.4m (£73.5m)
May 14, 2021: Thursday at Christie's auction house in New York.
Story at BBC News
VMFA Museum in Richmond Virginia, 2021
Da Vinci drawing of bear going to auction - UK Guardian
NGA to reopen
National Gallery of Art in Washington DC is finally going to open up (with "timed passes") on May 14.
Prince Philip final portrait
THIS IS NOT THE PAINTING, JUST A REPRESENTATION (we don't have the rights to show it), PLEASE FOLLOW THE LINK TO THE ARTICLE TO SEE IMAGES OF THE ACTUAL ARTWORK
The painting is both a portrait and a documentary on Prince Philip, and the setting makes it seem somewhat ethereal, as if he is standing amid a hall of ghosts from the past.
"On first look, the portrait by Australian-British royal painter Ralph Heimans simply depicts the late Duke of Edinburgh in formal attire standing in a long corridor at Windsor Castle. The duke looks regal yet slightly hunched in posture, surrounded by fine art and busts.
Upon closer inspection, however, the portrait is saturated with hidden references to Philip's family, history, and heritage, and subtle threads that form the fabric of the duke's unique life. According to Heimans, who previously painted Prince Charles and the Queen, these details were intentional - the result of a collaborative effort between himself and Philip."
Article on the painting at MSN News
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Horse attacked by a Tiger
Antoine-Louis Barye, 1837 Horse attacked by a Tiger, Bronze
August Rodin, 1868, Bust of a Young Girl
The Fortress of Konigstein by Bernardo Bellotto, 1756-1758
Bronze of Louise XIV
Gian Lorenzo Bernini, 1780 bronze bust of Louise XIV
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