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  • Case Review: A Last Laugh from Frans Hals (UK)
    by Louise Carron on February 26, 2021 at 8:53 pm

    By Eve Gatenby. Most Frans Hals portraits have a kind of swagger to them that suggests that they are enjoying a good joke at the viewer’s expense, from the smirk of “The Laughing Cavalier” (1624), to the full-blown hilarity of “Malle Babbe” (1633-35). The portrait “Unknown Gentleman” purchased by Richard Hedreen’s company EPC Nevada in

  • The art of loss: Mourning "Charley Hill" the intrepid undercover agent who recovered Edvard Munch's "The Scream"
    by Unknown on February 25, 2021 at 8:10 am

    It's hard to write a second In Memoriam in less than one year for someone who spent a goodly part of their life dedicated to the recovery of stolen art. In the first days after Charles Hill's death, on Saturday, February 21st, words completely eluded me.  Trying to think of what I could write or should write, and knowing a man's successes are not a sum of his career, I also thought to his family trying to cope with his unexpected loss.  […]

  • Switzerland: Parliament Votes to Allow Same-Sex Marriage
    by Barry Lerner on January 25, 2021 at 5:10 pm

    (Jan. 25, 2021) On December 18, 2020, the Swiss Parliament adopted an amendment to the Swiss Civil Code that allows same-sex couples to enter into marriages. In addition, the amendment opens up sperm donation from a domestic sperm bank to married lesbian couples and extends the presumption of parenthood to the woman not carrying the

  • Art Theft: Athens UPDATED
    by noreply@blogger.com (Mark) on January 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm

    Two paintings by Pablo Picasso - "Female Head" which was donated by the artist to the Greek people in recognition for their fight against the Nazis during WWII (pictured at top right) - and Piet Mondrian - "Mill," a 1905 oil painting (pictured at bottom right) - as well as a sketch of St Diego de Alcala by 16th century Italian artist Guglielmo Caccia were stolen from the National Art Gallery in Athens, Greece on Monday morning. According to the […]

  • Theft in Greece: surfacing in Athens, New York and Basel
    by David Gill on February 20, 2021 at 6:31 pm

    Greek archaeologist Angelos Zardakas had identified a head looted from the Liopesi collection in 1967 (Marianna Kakaounaki, "The mystery of two looted heads", ekathermini.com, 18 February 2021).  It was identified in the Paul and Alexandra Canellopoulos Museum in Athens.A companion piece, stolen from the same collection (also in 1967), had been identified in the 1990s from the Shelby White and Leon Levy collection; it has subsequently been […]

  • At least they left most of the art alone
    by Derek Fincham on January 8, 2021 at 2:31 pm

    On Tuesday a terrorist mob of hate-filled buffoons and strong men managed in a low brow, comical, yet utterly frightening way to break into the Capitol building of the United States. The seat of the U.S. Congress was knocked out of commission for hours on Tuesday. Amid the threats to members of Congress, their staff, … Continue reading "At least they left most of the art alone"

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