National Portrait Gallery announces major exhibition of Cézanne Portraits: October 2017

The major new exhibition, Cézanne Portraits, will bring together over 50 of Cézanne’s portraits from collections across the world.  Paul Cézanne (1839-1906) painted almost 200 portraits, including 26 of himself and 29 of his wife, Hortense Fiquet.  Cézanne is considered one of the most influential artists of the nineteenth century.  Generally categorised as a ‘Post-Impressionist’, he has […]

The Martyred St. Sebastian – newly discovered drawing by Leonardo da Vinci, est. 1480s.

A 7.5 x 5” (19.3 x 13 cm) pen and ink sketch found by a retired French doctor among his late father’s collection of unframed drawings is believed to be by Leonardo da Vinci.  The work depicts the muscled St. Sebastian bound to a tree, hand and foot, eyes pleading towards heaven.  Da Vinci referred to eight drawings of […]

“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 […]

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