Intrigue over absent masterpiece as da Vinci show opens doors

PARIS (Reuters) - A major exhibition marking 500 years since the death of Leonardo da Vinci opened in Paris on Thursday but there was intrigue over whether the “Salvator Mundi” painting of Christ, one of the best-known works attributed to the master, would make a late appearance. The exhibition at the Louvre Museum brought together in one place works by the Renaissance master, many of them loaned from institutions in different parts of the world..

International Artist Roman Feral Combines Luxury & Nature

Photo Credits: David Hoheb Artist Roman Feral has possessed a passion for the blend of luxury and nature since childhood. The juxtapose serves as the foundation of his exquisite art collection, which combines iconic luxury brands with natural butterflies that appear in flight through a unique technique Feral has mastered. Photo Credits: David Hohe..

Inaugural ‘Refract’ Festival Celebrates Seattle’s Status as the ‘American Venice’

GATHER at Chihuly Garden and Glass, photo Dan Miller One need watch only one episode of the popular Netflix series Blown Away to become mesmerized by the art of glass blowing. Within each molten glass creation is found beauty and creativity, and within the process is drama, suspense, and the ever present threat of unintended fracture. The art form ..

Sculptor transforms Rome’s dead trees into art

ROME (Reuters) - Andrea Gandini, a 22-year-old Roman sculptor, is making a growing name for himself by turning the Eternal City’s dead tree stumps into much-admired pieces of art. Gandini, who began his tree carvings around five years ago, chipped away at his 66th stump in the huge Villa Pamphili park on Friday. He has plenty of raw material to work with. Rome is known as one of the greenest cities in Europe, with its 313,000 trees filling its ..

Fate of Japan’s imperial dynasty rests on shoulders of 13-year-old

TOKYO (Reuters) - When Japan’s youngest prince, Hisahito, visited Bhutan in August on his first overseas trip just months after his uncle Naruhito became emperor, his trip was regarded as the debut of a future monarch on the world stage. Greeting his hosts in traditional “hakama” kimono and trying his hand at archery, the visit was rare public exposure for the boy on whose shoulders the future of the monarchy rests. Emperor Naruhito, 59, who be..

Why does art matter? Banksy asks, offering originals for the right answer

FILE PHOTO: Original artworks by British artist Banksy, including a stab vest previously worn by grime artist Stormzy, form part of an installation inside a shop front, ahead of an online sale, in Croydon, Britain October 1, 2019. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls LONDON (Reuters) - British street artist Banksy is selling a Union Jack stab vest, riot helmet ‘disco balls’ and a ‘designer handbag’ made from a brick to randomly selected buyers who can answer ..

Koons unveils giant ‘Bouquet of Tulips’ tribute to victims of 2015 Paris attacks

PARIS (Reuters) - American artist Jeff Koons unveiled in Paris on Friday his sculpture Bouquet of Tulips, a tribute to the victims of militant Islamist attacks in the French capital in November 2015. The 12-meter (40 ft) high piece depicts a giant hand squeezing a bouquet of eleven colorful tulips, a flower that in some cultures symbolizes love. Koons said he created the Bouquet of Tulips to show Americans’ support and solidarity for the French..

Charmed lives and comebacks: Eddie Murphy returns in ‘Dolemite Is My Name’

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Sure, Eddie Murphy hasn’t been around for a while, and his new movie “Dolemite Is My Name” is getting rave reviews. But don’t call it a comeback. FILE PHOTO: Eddie Murphy attends the premiere of "Dolemite is My Name" in Los Angeles, California, U.S. September 28, 2019. REUTERS/Phil McCarten/File Photo “I’ve been making movies for almost 40 years, and every five years I’m in my comeback - they say I’m coming back,” Murphy ..

Paris mounts first Toulouse-Lautrec exhibition in three decades

PARIS (Reuters) - An exhibition showing the works of painter Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, famed for his portrayal of Paris’s cafes, brothels and cabarets at the end of the nineteenth century, opens next week in the French capital. Visitors look at a painting "Parodie du 'Bois sacre' de Pierre Puvis de Chavannes, 1884" during a press visit of the exhibition "Toulouse-Lautrec Resolument moderne" (Toulouse-Lautrec Resolutely Modern) of Fren..

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..

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