Entries by Barbara

“Five Drunken Kings Return on Horses” – sold for US$44m

Five Drunken Kings Return on Horses, a 2-metre-long hand scroll by Ren Renfa, was sold at a Beijing Auction for US$44m (303 million yuan) earlier this week [4 December 2016], a record for the highest paid Chinese artwork sold at auction in 2016.  Ren Renfa was a prominent painter of horses and also a high-ranking official in charge of water controls […]

Abstract Expressionism – Royal Academy

Jackson Pollock, Blue poles, 1952. Enamel and aluminium paint with glass on canvas, 212.1 x 488.9 cm. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra. © The Pollock-Krasner Foundation ARS, NY and DACS, London 2016. Don’t miss the Royal Academy’s fantastic new blockbuster exhibition. Abstract Expressionism was the first all-American art movement or, as the RA explain, “art phenomena” – not […]

Medieval and Renaissance Manuscript Illuminations

Christie’s online auction of Medieval and Renaissance manuscript illuminations, including survivals from secular and religious texts, leaves from renowned codices such as the Hungerford Hours and the Bessarion antiphonals.  Featuring works of Attavante degli Attavanti, Bonifacio Bembo, Neri da Rimini and Don Simone Camaldolese. Estimates start at £300. Ends 8 December! click here to access […]

2016 Christmas Art Camp

Pieter Bruegel, the Elder – Winter Landscape with Skaters and Bird Trap, 1565 Oil on panel, 37 x 55,5 cm. Musées Royaux des Beaux-Arts, Brussels. The painting is thought to show the Brabant village of Fed Saint Anne near Diben, with skaters in the foreground and a town in the mist.  Can you see the bird trap? […]

Picasso Portraits! National Portrait Gallery

Pablo Picasso, one of the most famous 20th century artists was fascinated throughout his life with the human figure, and also with the way children paint “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up”. The new exhibition looks at Picasso’s portraits from his teenage years, through […]

Medieval Murals in Stratford

Medieval murals in Stratford recently revealed on a church wall (lime-washed over by Shakespeare’s father, perhaps to preserve them instead of destroying them as he was instructed to by the Protestant town council who saw them as idolatrous) portray an England in thrall to devils and death (find out more). — ♦ — KidsArt!™  teaches children […]

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