Tucked away in the corner of Edvard Munch’s (1863-1944) ‘The Scream’, renowned for being the world’s most harrowing painting,lies a tiny inscription: “Can only have been painted by a madman“. Infrared scans have now confirmed that the mysterious words are indeed those of the Norwegian artist and not the graffiti of a ridiculing critic.Continue reading
Debated for over a century, the mysterious origins behind one of Scotland’s most iconic paintings have been solved by a team of international scholars. Continue reading
It led one art historian to resign from a gallery advisory committee in outrage and now it could sell at auction for up to £140 million. Caravaggio is an artist who has always sparked controversy and now a painting said to be by his hand has the art world divided over its attribution. Continue reading
2015 ended on a bitter note for the owner of a riverscape purportedly by French Impressionist Claude Monet when the Paris Court of Appeal refused his request to force the inclusion of the work in the artist’s catalogue raisonné.
The court reached its verdict in December after a tenaciously contested attribution battle which enlisted the help of experts including Joachim Pissarro, great grandson of Camille Pissarro, and researchers from the BBC’s Fake or Fortune programme. Continue reading
Researchers believe they have discovered a new portrait of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. Using new technology developed from CCTV software, they claim to have matched a portrait that currently resides in Bradford Art Galleries and Museums with the only undisputed portrayal of the ill-fated Queen; a small, battered lead medal dating from 1534. Continue reading