After a centuries-old hunt, experts at a roundtable declared that a “lost” Leonardo da Vinci (1452-1519) masterpiece actually does not exist at all. Art historians Roberta Barsanti, Giancula Belli, Emanuela Ferrretti and Cecilia Frosinini presented the controversial findings at the Uffizi Galleries in Florence on 8 October 2020.Continue reading
Ever wondered what it takes to unearth long lost artworks? What kind of detective work is required to retrace treasured antiques and objets d’art scattered two hundred years ago? This is the fate that befell the celebrated collection of antiquarian and man of letters, Horace Walpole, once displayed in his home, Strawberry Hill House. Centuries on, this special blog series first will follow art historian and provenance researcher, Silvia Davoli, in her hunt for the lost treasures of Strawberry Hill and her bid to restore Walpole’s collections to his legendary gothic rooms. Continue reading
All that glitters is not gold, say Polish scientists, who announced at a press conference yesterday (15 November) that there is no Nazi-era treasure train buried in a railway embankment in Southern Poland.
The scientists presented their findings after months of speculation following a claim made by two amateur treasure hunters in August that they had discovered the train. Piotr Koper and Andreas Richter believe it departed Wrocław in the final days of WWII as Soviet and Allied forces entered Poland but never reached its destination. Continue reading
Rembrandt’s famous ‘An Old Man in Military Costume’, which depicts an old soldier in his military attire, has a secret. Beneath the painting of an old man a second figure has been discovered, also dressed in uniform. Continue reading