Portugal’s Azulejo Tiles: The Art of Blue and White Storytelling

Visit Portugal - The Fall of Lisbon, Santa Luzia Chruch. Maria Antonia Pinto de Matos, Director of the renowned Portuguese Tile Museum, the Museu Nacional do Azulejo, is an encyclopedia of tile and porcelain knowledge. When we went to this exceptional museum as part of the Viking River Cruise Douro trip, she explained tiles were originally, product..

Monkey business? Banksy’s primates in parliament up for auction

LONDON (Reuters) - A Banksy painting of primates sitting in Britain’s parliament goes under the hammer next week and is expected to fetch up to $2.5 million. “Devolved Parliament”, in which chimpanzees replace politicians, measures 13 feet (4 m) long, making it the largest known canvas by the secretive British street artist, according to Sotheby’s. With an eye on the 2009 work’s extreme topicality - the House of Commons is witnessing increasing..

Long-lost Italian painting could fetch $6 million at French auction

PARIS (Reuters) - A long-lost painting by a 13th century Italian master discovered in the kitchen of an elderly French woman has been valued at up to six million euros and will be sold at auction next month. The “Christ Mocked” painting by early Renaissance artist Cimabue was valued at 4 to 6 million euros ($6.6 million) by Paris old masters specialist Eric Turquin and will be sold by auction house Acteon in Senlis, north of Paris, on Oct. 27. ..

Court jails man who walked out of Moscow art gallery with million-dollar masterpiece

FILE PHOTO: A screen grab taken from video footage shows a man walking with a painting by prominent artist Arkhip Kuindzhi at Tretyakov art gallery in Moscow, Russia January 28, 2019. Reuters Tv/via REUTERS MOSCOW (Reuters) - A man who stole a Russian masterpiece worth about $1 million from a Moscow art gallery in broad daylight in January was sentenced to three years in prison on Wednesday. Police arrested Denis Chuprikov after he was caught on..

Fire-damaged rooster from Notre-Dame’s spire goes on display

The iconic copper rooster, which was perched at the top of the spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral for more than a century, before the blaze, is displayed at the exhibition "Revoir Notre-Dame de Paris" as part of European Heritage Days 2019, at the French Culture Ministry in Paris, France, September 20, 2019. REUTERS/Philippe Wojazer PARIS (Reuters) - A battered copper rooster that used to sit atop the spire of Notre-Dame Cathedral is to go on public d..

French auctioneer defies Mexico with sale of pre-Columbian artifacts

A stone kneeling figure of Aztec water goddess Chalchiuhtlicue, one of pre-Columbian artefacts, is presented to the press at Drouot auction house in Paris, France, September 18, 2019. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier PARIS (Reuters) - French auction house Millon denied accusations by the Mexican government that a sale of dozens of pre-Columbian artifacts was illegal and proceeded with an auction on Wednesday. Mexico’s foreign ministry on Tuesday said that..

Fire and thread: Bayeux-inspired ‘Game of Thrones’ tapestry unveiled in France

BAYEUX, France (Reuters) - The French town of Bayeux has been home for nearly a millennium to a tapestry depicting a bloody battle for power. Now it has another. An exhibition featuring a tapestry illustrating the events of hit HBO TV show “Game of Thrones” opened in Bayeux, Normandy, on Friday - just down the road from the museum where its eleventh century inspiration is housed. The tapestry was created in Northern Ireland, one of the princip..

Chagall’s famed ‘Fiddler’ painted on a tablecloth – researchers

AMSTERDAM (Reuters) - Marc Chagall, the 20th century French-Russian artist who delighted fans with his vividly coloured, whimsical works, did many of his paintings using the same nine pigments - and hardly ever used black, researchers said on Friday. Conservators Meta Chavannes and Madeleine Bisschoff speak about a study on a collection of Marc Chagall's artwork in the conservation atelier of the Stedelijk Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands S..

Treasured Notre-Dame tapestry restored after blaze

PARIS (Reuters) - An ornate tapestry woven in the early 1800s and rescued from Notre-Dame de Paris cathedral after a massive fire in April is going on public display for only the third time in recent decades. Donated to the cathedral in 1841 by King Louis-Philippe of France, the 25-metre (82 ft) long rug with its colourful cornucopias and vivid crowns of flowers was historically rolled out on special occasions, including the visit of Pope John P..

Francisco Toledo, artist and activist who injected life into Mexican traditions, dead at 79

MEXICO CITY (Reuters) - Francisco Toledo, who shook up the 1960s Mexican art scene with his fresh approach to painting, sculpting, printing, tapestry weaving and preserving the cultural heritage that inspired him, has died. FILE PHOTO: Mexican graphic artist Francisco Toledo works on his sculpture 'La Lagartera', a 24.5 metre long giant reptile made of steel and plaster, in Monterrey July 18, 2008. REUTERS/Tomas Bravo Toledo’s work, f..

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