Researchers at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam have teamed up with the Van Gogh Museum to use a mobile eye-tracker to see how people look at paintings, which areas interest them the most. Funny how their focus change after being explained about each painting, it only goes to confirm my theory that in order to deeply appreciate a painting you need to understand it first.
Italian police have recovered two Van Gogh paintings stolen from the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam museum in 2002: Two stolen Van Gogh paintings recovered after 14 years.
The paintings recovered aren’t among Van Gogh’s most famous, but I, personally, have lots of love for them. Seascape at Scheveningen is an early work by the painter, very rare since Van Gogh only painted 2 seascapes (known), and Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen shows his perception of life around him, Autumn colors giving us that sense of familiarity comfort. I’m glad they will be back on display for our enjoyment.
Here I am, looking at another Biennial (this one in my home state – Sao Paulo, Brazil) and like most of the “modern art shows” it abounds ideologies lacking the sense of genuine art: Brazil 2016 – Bienal
Sky News has an interesting article about researchers attempts to recover Da Vinci’s DNA:
DNA from Leonardo da Vinci’s paintings could be used to digitally recreate his face and confirm exactly where he was buried after his death in 1519.
Researchers are going to attempt to recover hairs and flakes of skin from within his paintings and notebooks, which could be used to construct how the Italian polymath’s face looked.
They plan to use advanced genetic analysis techniques to determine his eye and hair colour, as well as face shape and skin tone.
They believe they could also discover clues about his lifestyle and states of health during his lifetime. […]
Their first tests are due to take place on the Adoration of the Magi painting [above], which is being restored in Florence, Italy.
Any DNA recovered from his works will be compared to known living relatives – as well as to DNA recovered from the graves of his parents.
The shape of their skulls will also help the researchers to recreate his face, along with portrait paintings of the artist from his contemporaries.
If only they could recover his ingeniousness
Conference coming up in New York this October about publishing art history digitally, more info: Publishing art History. There’s still hope!
France’s mission to protect cultural sites, a very noble cause, very much-needed: François Hollande announces $100m fund to protect cultural heritage in the Middle East
The Rijksmuseum (with the help of the Metropolitam Museum) has added a number of newly attributed works of Hercules Segers, reports The New York Times, this research has been done for a new exhibition on Segers’ life, which opens at the Rijksmuseum on October 7th till January 8th, when it will then travel to the Met in New York, where it opens on February 13th. More about the research: Sergers.
Serger is not a very well known artist; I only “discovered” him after the British Museum’s exhibition on his printings and etchings back in 2012. After reading a little about his techniques (and innovative methods) I was inspired to experiment, and after lots of unsuccessful attempts I found out that adding honey to acrylic paint not only prolongs its working life, but it also gives it a brighter tonality.
Rembrandt was also influenced by him, so much so that he started to collect Serge’s work for himself; even Turner was impressed with Serger’s colored ink two hundred years later, and today we are able to see his impact in Turner’s work.
This is glimpse of the most beautiful, inspiring and merry movement in art: A beginner’s guide to Impressionism (and post). Enjoy it!
A few days ago The New York Times published an article on a supposedly Old Masters decreasing of value: Can the Old Masters Be Relevant Again? which took me by surprise.
Today I found this graphic in The Economist Magazine that illustrates a more realistic (at least in my opinion) statistic, some parts are doing well some aren’t, and that is understandable especially because it covers a broad range of art.
So fear not my fellow followers, good art will always be relevant.