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Censorship of Italian Renaissance Art
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Censorship of Italian Renaissance Art

My experience with censorship echoed the recent (January 2, 2017, Telegraph) story of a historian who was told my Facebook to remove a picture of Neptune in the Piazza del Nettuno in Bologna. Facebook repeatedly told me to remove an image of a nude by Titian that explained the very essence of what my blog and research […]

Art in Translation First Prize Article Feminist art history
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Art in Translation First Prize Article Feminist art history

In 2012 I won first prize in a University of Edinburgh art history department competition that summoned students to submit groundbreaking articles to a journal dedicated to global art history Art in Translation. I successfully argued it was necessary to translate a publication from German to English by a feminist art historian Daniela Hammer-Tugendtat who […]

Titian's Venus Rising Billboard Vandalised in Minneapolis
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Titian’s Venus Rising Billboard Vandalised in Minneapolis

Titian’s Venus Anadyomene which was on the billboard marketing an exhibition at Minneapolis Institute of Art has been vandalised–however, instead of getting angry, the museum has left the red top that was spray painted onto Venus. This is a bold move by the Minneapolis Institute of Art, however I must admit it is hilarious and […]

Tom Hunter Campaigns to keep Titian's Diana and Actaeon
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Tom Hunter Campaigns to keep Titian’s Diana and Actaeon

Photographer Tom Hunter is among the artists campaigning to raise £50 million to buy Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the nation. The National Galleries in London and Edinburgh have until December to raise the money or its owner, the Duke of Sutherland, might sell it on the open market. To highlight the supreme beauty of […]

Sale of Vasari's papers suddenly stopped
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Sale of Vasari’s papers suddenly stopped

Giorgio Vasari lived in the 16th century and was an acclaimed artist himself. But it was in chronicling the lives of other Renaissance artists that he earned his reputation as the founder of European art history. His most famous work, called Lives of the Most Excellent Painters, Sculptors and Architects, contains letters to and from […]

The Titian Campaign
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The Titian Campaign

The National Gallery, London and the National Gallery of Scotland and several charitable bodies  have successfully acquired Titian’s Diana and Actaeon for the price of £50 million pounds from the Duke of Sutherland. This however, has been with received with mixed feelings as many feel the time and effort spent on the campaign to raise […]

UAE rivalry strikes false Biennale chord
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UAE rivalry strikes false Biennale chord

Riding high on recent publicity surrounding its plans for architecturally daring mega-cities for the arts, the United Arab Emirates (UAE) is participating for the first time in the Venice Biennale . In fact, there is not just one Emirati pitch in the prestigious arts festival’s most coveted area – the Arsenale – but two; a […]

A Point of View: Why are museums so uninspiring?
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A Point of View: Why are museums so uninspiring?

Museums should help us to live better lives, but they are little more than dead libraries for the creations of the past, says Alain de Botton in his weekly column. The other week, I made the suggestion that university departments teaching the humanities are not quite doing their job right and should take a leaf […]

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Titian Madonna and Child sells for record $16.9m

A 450-year-old Madonna and Child work by Titian has sold for $16.9m (£10.7m) in New York, setting a new auction record for the Renaissance master. A Sacra Conversazione: The Madonna and Child with Saints Luke and Catherine of Alexandria was sold at Sotheby’s to a European telephone bidder. It beat the previous Titian auction record […]

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Major Leonardo Da Vinci display planned

Madonna Litta is being borrowed from the Hermitage for the exhibition A major exhibition of Leonardo Da Vinci works is to feature paintings never seen before in the UK. London’s National Gallery said Leonardo Da Vinci: Painter At The Court Of Milan will be the most complete display of the artist’s paintings ever held. Various […]