Yesterday The Met announced a major update to the Museum’s policy governing the use and reuse of images in our collection: all images of public-domain artworks in the Museum’s collection are now available for free and unrestricted, this updated policy, known as Open Access, enables everyone to utilize more than 375,000 images of public-domain artworks in The Met’s collection in any media without permission or fee.
This is huge leading edge attitude; by digital open access the Met is tearing down its own walls, giving everyone the opportunity to experience what its collection has to offer. Connecting people to the great masters, their works, their ideas and their knowledge. Allowing more than 5 thousand years of history to be seeing all around the world, inspiring and educating the masses.
The Met is showing us that art is much more than its cost, it is about its value; and its value increases when it is shared.
There is no good reason why fine art should be “elited.” It is part of our culture, our history, our own selves.
Here is more details about this policy: Open Access Policy
The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York city decided to postpone its extension of a new contemporary and modern wing (estimated $600 million) at least until 2022. New York Times has the full story: The Metropolitan Museum Will Delay a New $600 Million Wing
It is hard to believe. However Polish government has claimed to have acquired the painting. The portrait, once thought to be a self-portrait, was taken from the Czartoryski collection by the Nazis (Hans Frank) in 1945, and has not been seeing since then.
Interesting fact was that the director of the National Museum in Krakow, Andrzej Betlej, has said that he believes the famous missing Raphael portrait can be traced to a specific private collection. Betlej has not said which collection it is in, or indeed even in which country. But it seems he has some evidence to suggest that the painting is still alive and well, somewhere. I really like to believe so.
Here is an article about it: lost Raphael (in Polish, but it can be translated)
Happy New Year Everyone!
Sorry for the lack of posting, I was just enjoying the holidays, but now I’m happy to be back! Let’s talk some art:
Here’s Waldemar on fine form discussing the National Gallery’s ‘Beyond Caravaggio’ exhibition. Well worth a click.
Yesterday there was an excellent discussion about the Fighting Temeraire on BBC Radio 4’s ‘In Our Time‘. And they mentioned that Turner might not had actually seen the Temeraire being towed, which I believe it is true since Turner was reported to be in South France at that time. However, this fact does not influence in anything of the powerful and heroic message this painting (National Gallery in London) has to offer.
The ghost ship you see here is the Temeraire, it is being towed by this dark tugboat after the Battle of Trafalgar, a huge naval battle between the British and the French which the British navy won. The Temeraire was a British ship and it was the key element for such victory. However, after the battle the Temeraire had never seen action again, it was turned into a supply ship, until it was sold for scrap. So, this is a painting of the last moments of a hero ship after a glorious journey.
Mr. James Grundvi, a construction manager who spent 3 years studying a Van Gogh’s book (not sure which one), published a book called ‘Breaking Van Gogh‘ where he claims that one of Van Gogh’s most famous pictures, ‘Wheat Field with Cypresses‘ (Metropolitan Museum) is a fake. Full article: New York Post
The Met has gamely played along and pointed out all the evidence in favour of the picture, including the fact that it is painted on the same bolt of canvas as many of his other pictures.
I still bought the book and will read it, just for the sake of it.
Great video about the new Met’s exhibition on Valentin de Boulogne: Beyond Caravaggio, and it is always nice to see met’s European wing curator Keith Christiansen, one of my favorite curator! Going to this exhibition this Saturday! Excited!
I’m really loving this clever social media work done by LACMA ( Los Angeles County Museum of Art). Now they’ve teamed up with Disney to retell Beauty and the Beast through their own paintings, using their Snapchat account. More: LACMA & DISNEY.