The First Art Newspaper on the Net Established in 1996 United States Friday, October 31, 2014


The Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish Painting from the Stadel Museum at the Guggenheim
ertgen van Bilderbeecq' (1633), by Dutch artist Rembrandt that forms part of the exhibition 'The golden age' at the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao, northern Spain. The exhibition shows part of the funds of Frankfurt's Staedel Museum, which is considered to be one of the more important collections of Dutch and Flemish painting of the 17th century of Europe. EPA/LUIS TEJIDO.
BILBAO.- From October 7, 2010 to January 23, 2011, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao will present The Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish Painting from the Städel Museum, a splendid selection of masterpieces from the Städel Museum in Frankfurt, one of Europe’s most important institutions. The Museum owns a unique collection of seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings from the so-called Golden Age, the period of greatest Dutch hegemony.

Installed in the galleries of the Museum’s third floor, and sponsored by Fundación BBVA, the exhibition offers visitors a journey through 130 masterpieces from the period, most of which have never been on display in Spain before. Through historical painting and portraiture, as well as genre painting, landscapes, and still lifes, these works showcase the Dutch elite’s specific taste and particular ideals.

Curated by Jochen Sander, Deputy Director and Head of German, Dutch, and Flemish Painting at the Städel Museum, the exhibition includes masterpieces by over 80 artists, including the most prominent ones from this period: Jan Vermeer, Rembrandt, Frans Hals, Peter Paul Rubens, the Brueghels, Jordaens and Teniers, Gerard ter Borch, Jan Steen, Jan van Goyen, Cornelis de Heem, Karel van Mander, Dirck van Baburen, Abraham Mignon, or Adriaen Brouwer, among others In the decades after 1568, when the Netherlands revolted against Spanish Habsburg rule, the United Provinces in the north successfully became a decisive power in world trade. A sense of identity and national pride was formed against this background and the bourgeois business elite, who were accumulating vast fortunes in those years, wished to capture their values and ideals in the paintings that adorned their halls. From the standpoint of historiography, this period of economic bounty, reflected in the quality of Dutch artwork, was called the Golden Age.

The seventeenth-century Dutch and Flemish paintings that played a central role in the collection of merchant and financier Johann Friedrich Städel (1728–1816) make up a large part of the Städel Museum collection, which was created in his hometown, the commercial metropolis of Frankfurt, after his death in 1816. The contents of this collection, which has been built up for almost 200 years through donations, as well as planned purchases of outstanding individual works, offer an overview of European painting from 1300 to the present. Specifically, the collection of Dutch and Flemish painting from the Golden Age garnered fame in the nineteenth and early twentieth century, ranking among the world's foremost collections thanks to extraordinary acquisitions that continue to enrich it even today.

Scope of the exhibition
The Guggenheim Museum Bilbao presents an extensive selection of Dutch paintings enhanced by significant and representative Flemish Baroque works in a thematic tour of five major sections that correspond to the major painting genres in which the artists of the day specialized: still lifes, history, landscape, portraiture, and genre painting and interiors, which attest to the Dutch elite’s tastes.

The achievements of the so-called Golden Age of Dutch and Flemish paintings, a period that spans from approximately 1580 to the early eighteenth century, are exceptionally represented in The Geographer , a masterpiece by the great Dutch painter Jan Vermeer that is on display in Spain for the first time. The colorful pictorial elegance, optical delicacy, fusion of levels of consolidated genres, and union of art and science combine to make this painting a symbol of Dutch painting of the period and thus, one of the exhibition’s pivot points. For the first time since it was inaugurated, the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao is welcoming a work by this great master, a pioneer in the use of optical tools, such as the camera obscura, who produced just over thirty works during his career and whose relevance to art history was not recognized until two hundred years after his death.

Still lifes
The exhibition of Dutch and Flemish paintings from the Städel Museum collection starts with a magnificent selection of still lifes in gallery 304. Still life painting was established as a separate pictorial genre for the first time in the late sixteenth century, almost simultaneously in the Netherlands and Italy. Still life painting occupied a secondary place within the hierarchy of genres in seventeenth-century art criticism because it depicted inanimate objects. However, still lifes from the Golden Age more than offset the lack of human interaction though a realistic reproduction of detail that fascinated collectors of the day. In fact, many of these works were coveted on the international art market and automatically became status symbols for their owners.

Still life paintings in the seventeenth century had nothing in common with mere reproductions of the visible world. The sumptuous subjects by the acclaimed Jan Brueghel the Elder contain allegorical or moral interpretations, as well as a famous staging of luxury and the refinement of the plants exhibited. One example is Bouquet in a Glass Vase, located in the section of cabinet paintings in gallery 303 because of its small size. However, the floral pieces by painter Rachel Ruysch, the most widely recognized and successful female artist of the day, give precedence to an interest in botanical and zoological accuracy over moral evocation. Still Life with Bunch of Flowers in a Glass Vase is a magnificent example of her remarkable talent for painting. In turn, the vanitas ostensibly evokes the perishable nature of earthly goods and represents the quintessence of the Baroque sense of life, as demonstrated in the splendid Vanitas Still Life by Peter Willebeeck, a master of the Guild of Saint Luke in Antwerp.

Still lifes also served to demonstrate their owners’ pretensions to status. As Dutch trade companies came to dominate world trade and the bourgeois elite amassed huge fortunes, the objects depicted became more exotic and valuable and their arrangements increasingly sophisticated, as shown by Sumptuous Still Life with Copulating Sparrows , a masterpiece by Cornelis de Heem. In the monumental Fish on a Kitchen Bench by Jacob van Es from Antwerp, the objects depicted also reflect Holland’s rise as a world trading power that exported local goods such as fish, cheese and beer.

This exhibition of local products was soon replaced by luxury goods—glassware and tapestries from the Mediterranean, spices and shells of exotic marine animals from India and Indonesia and luxury china—which became common motifs in still life painting. Still Life with Fruit, Pie and Drinking Vessels by Jan Davidsz de Heem is a virtuoso display of high table culture through sumptuous dishes and expensive imported goods.

It is not surprising that in the wealthy Dutch middle class’ gradual shift towards the aristocratic lifestyle, still lifes would incorporate hunting motif in the second half-century. Still Life with Dead Hare and Birds by painter Jan Weenix from Amsterdam is a magnificent example of the wealthy class’ pretensions.

History
History painting had a special meaning in the seventeenth century. To be able to reproduce Biblical themes, ancient poetry, and contemporary literary works, artists needed to be knowledgeable in the fields of literature and history, as well as possess the skills specific to painters of still lifes and landscapes. All these skills aimed to help the paintings’ viewers properly understand the action represented. The principles of history painting, developed mainly in Italy, were summarized in the Schilder-Boeck (Book of Painters), whose author, Karel van Mander, also worked as a history painter in Haarlem (Holland).

David Playing the Harp before Saul by Dutchman Rembrandt Harmensz van Rijn occupies a prominent place in the exhibition. If paintings by the so-called “pre-Rembrandists” are often characterized by an elaborate staging and complex series of figures, Rembrandt managed to convey the characters’ moods better than any other artist in history, representing the moments of maximum tension in each scene. This painting masterfully reflects the inner tragedy of Saul, King of Israel, and portrays the moment when, overcome by jealousy, he decides to kill the young shepherd David with a spear while the latter is playing the harp. The number of illustrations of this painting and copies made afterwards provide an idea of the importance and consideration with which it was viewed by Rembrandt’s contemporaries.

Other pieces featured in this section are a study of a head entitled King David playing the Harp , a painting begun as a particular type of representation known as tronie, by another great master of history painting, Flemish Peter Paul Rubens, court painter to Archduke Albert and Archduchess Isabella and creator of popular large-scale historical altar paintings with extremely rich compositions. Initially a study head of an anonymous elderly man created by Rubens in preparation of his great narrative paintings, the tronie was reworked after Rubens’ death by Jan Boeckhorst. He enlarged the painting on two sides, added hands, harp, the brocade mantle and the ermine collar as well as the gold chain and thus transformed the study haed into a narrative depicting King David playing the Harp to glorify God.

Landscape
Coastal regions played an important role in seventeenth-century Holland, since the sea ensured the Republic’s economy through fishing and maritime trade; yet it was also a naval threat, since enemy fleets arrived by sea. Hence, pictorial depictions of ships sailing across stormy or calm seas became the works most demanded by the mid-seventeenth century Dutch and Flemish bourgeoisie, more so than history, genre or still life paintings, to the point that landscape was long regarded as “typically Dutch” and even today defines the concept of the Golden Age. The beautiful seascapes by Simon de Vlieger, such as Single-Mast and Frigate Firing Salute on a Calm Sea, and those by his follower Willem van de Velde are good examples of this.

Few Dutch painters of the time could capture the expanse of sky and vivacity of clouds as adeptly as famous Dutch painter Jan van Goyen, whose monochrome landscapes feature prominently in this section of the exhibition. From the middle of the century on, van Goyen gave a new and decisive impulse to landscape painting and was responsible for the Netherlands’ typical image; he also introduced dune landscapes that quickly became very popular.

The show also includes extraordinary examples of topographical townscapes represented by brothers Job and Gerrit Berckheyde, who attested to economic activity and prosperity.

Canal Landscape is a major, high quality example of the early work of Aelbert Cuyp, one of the distinguished classes’ favorite painters, who flooded Dutch landscape paintings with shepherds, cattle and a golden light that would give them a southern air. Northern Europe also offered exotic motifs. Jacob van Ruisdael and Salomon van Ruysdael dominated the art of filling landscape depictions with intense Scandinavian-looking atmospheres, as can be seen in the dramatic Wooded Landscape with Waterfall and Approaching Storm by Ruisdael and Ruysdael’s idyllic River Landscape with Ferry .

Most Dutch painters created numerous small cabinet pieces often painted on copper plate. Many paintings adorned the walls of bourgeois homes in Holland, but particularly valuable works had their own place: they were either stored in especially designed storage furniture from which they were taken out for presentation or they were permanently installed in so-called art cabinets, richly decorated pieces of furniture that in turn were opened only to select visitors. In the center of this section of the exhibition a smaller exhibition space houses a selection of these jewel-like cabinet pieces.

Portraits
Portraits served a social function to a greater extent than other genres, since they represented the status of the figures represented, as well as their social and family ties. One of the peculiarities of Dutch painting during the Golden Age were the group portraits that reflected individuals depicted on the basis of their activity, e.g., members of civilian militias or the surgeons guild.

However, most Dutch portraits were made for the family sphere. In the seventeenth century, it was customary to order double portraits (pendant) or replicas of portraits on the occasion of an engagement or wedding. After several years of marriage, couples also commissioned portraits to strengthen their link, visibly and subsequently transmit this to their heirs, so that over time, galleries of ancestors were formed in bourgeois homes that attested to a family’s antiquity as well as its social advancement and prosperity.

Since the demand for portraits was ample and unceasing, each city had specialized portraitists. This section displays masterpieces by two of the main exponents: Frans Hals, the most famous portraitist in Haarlem, who adeptly characterized his models in brushstrokes with an almost abstract effect, and Rembrandt, the coveted history painter who conquered the Amsterdam portrait market in the 1630s and experimented with unusual poses.

Among the highlights of this genre are the anonymous ladies by both Johannes Verspronck, a guild member and probable apprentice to Frans Hals, and Nicolaes Maes, a disciple of Rembrandt’s and one of the main representatives of a new courtly portrait style in the northern Netherlands. The attention and care devoted to ornamental details can be appreciated in Verspronck’s Portrait of a Woman in a Chair , while Maes’ exceptional Portrait of a Woman in Black Dress includes a view of a landscape that thus links it to the Flemish tradition introduced by Anton van Dyck and represented the ambitions of citizens who yearned for a aristocratic lifestyle.

Head of a Bearded Man in Oriental Costume by painter Arie de Vois of Leiden, another masterpiece in the exhibition, is a typical example of tronie, a type of representation masterfully cultivated by Rembrandt and Frans Hals, among others, in which the model’s individuality was subordinated to the affection expressed.

Just as family portraits often reflected a family’s economic well-being through its dress or stately interiors, children’s portraits had a special charm, since the somewhat rigid representation of adults aware of their social status contrasts with the casual air and joy in these paintings. The Portrait of Susanna de Vos , Daughter of the Painter by history painter Cornelis de Vos of Antwerp, the only Flemish artist to specialize in children’s portraits in the early years of the 1620s and 1635, depicts the girl sitting in her baby chair happily swinging her feet while looking at the viewer.

Genre painting and interiors
Genre paintings put the finishing touches on the Guggenheim Museum Bilbao’s exhibition of Dutch and Flemish painting from the Golden Age. As examples of depraved life, smokers and drinkers are two of the favorite motifs in seventeenth-century Dutch genre painting and beloved by prosperous bourgeois who, because of their social status as well as cultivated education, distanced themselves from these amoral behaviors.

As a mode of depiction, the scenes and protagonists could and had to be unpleasant, which is why the protagonists of these pictures were often farmers and individuals from lower social strata, following the rules of commedia.

A prime initiator of genre painting was Pieter Bruegel the Elder. In turn, Adriaen Brouwer, who had worked for a season with Frans Hals in Haarlem before returning to his native Flanders, disseminated these rough themes in both north and south. Drunken Peasant and the famous The Bitter Drink , a work of great technical virtuosity depicting a farmer and his contorted face, are outstanding examples of the genre. His fame at the time is attested to by the multiple copies and graphic painted reproductions that were made of it until the mid-twentieth century.

In Antwerp, David Teniers the Younger carried on the family tradition; he married Bruegel’s granddaughter and before working as a court painter for Archduke Leopold-Wilhelm in Brussels, he was especially and preferentially devoted to painting scenes of peasants, fairs and taverns. The exhibition contains a number of his most important works, such as Two Peasants Smoking at a Coal Fire and Smoker at an Inn.

In Holland, this genre—considered of low status—was above all practiced by painters from Haarlem such as Jan Miense Molenaer, whose famous work Man Smoking and Holding an Empty Wineglass can be seen in the exhibition; Adriaen van Ostade, who introduced elements of barn scenes in this genre; and his disciples Cornelis Bega and Cornelis Dusart.

These artists all had in common loose brushstrokes in which the lines remained visible. This somewhat “rough” and untidy manner seemed well-suited to themes of low moral and social status in which Jan Steen, a Leiden-born painter and pupil of landscape painter Jan van Goyen, achieved a special mastery. His famous works Tavern Scene and The Alchemist showcase his contemporaries’ vices and defects with a biting irony and sympathy.

Woman with Wineglass , by Gerard ter Borch, Woman Setting the Dinner Table by Gerrit Dou and Roman Tinker by Jan Baptist Weenix as well as the exquisite representation of Interior with Painter, Woman Reading and Maid Sweeping by Pieter Janssen Elinga are other outstanding examples of masterpieces featured in this section of the exhibition.

Guggenheim Museum | Stadel Museum | Jochen Sander |




Last Week News

October 7, 2010

After More than 20 Years, Michelangelo's Most Precious Drawings at Albertina in Vienna

$250,000 First-Place Prize Goes to Grand Rapids , Michigan Artist Chris LaPorte

Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Claims Painting is by Rembrandt Not His Pupil

Turning a New Leaf, Jerry Hall to Shed Her Art Collection Next Week at Sotheby's

15th Art Forum Berlin Opens the Autumn Season of the European Art Shows

Major Exhibition Explores the Mastery of Moshe Safdie and a Lifetime of Architectural Achievements

Tracey Emin Work to Be Auctioned during Frieze in Aid of Margates Turner Contemporary

Qing Dynasty Vase Smashes World Record in Glowing China Art Sales at Sotheby's

Museum of Modern Art of the City of Paris Exhibition by Larry Clark Barred to Minors

European Auction Record for an Allosauraus Dinosaur, the T-Rex of the Jurassic Period

The Crosby Garrett Helmet, Found by a Metal Detectorist, Sells for $3.6 Million at Christie's

Important Works by Andy Warhol from the Shapazian Collection Go to the Huntington

Two Outstanding Beach Scenes by Sorolla are the Highlights of Sotheby's 19th Century European Paintings Sale

Swedish Museum Unaware of Theft of Munch Painting

Gold and Gem Encrusted Tiger Head from Throne of Tipu Sultan Sells for £434,400 at Bonhams

Woman Accused of Damaging Controversial Artwork in Colorado

First NYC Museum Exhibition on the Tradition of Spanish Draftsmanship Opens at the Frick Collection

First Major United Kingdom Exhibition by Swedish Artist Klara Lidén at Serpentine Gallery

Smithsonian Announces Archives of American Art Medal Recipients

Christie's Announces Sale of 20th Century Decorative Art & Design, Autumn 2010

Sotheby's Islamic Art Sales Series Achieves Record Sum of £25.3 ($40.3) Million

Completely Renewed, the National Museum of Cultures to Be Reopened

Teotihuacan's Emblematic Monument, The Sun Pyramid, Still an Enigma for Archaeologists

National Archives in Washington Puts Nazi Papers, The Nuremberg Laws, on Public View

Cornerstone Laid for John Paul II Museum in Poland

Christie's to Offer 69 Important Works of Art from the Collection of Robert Shapazian

DeCordova Announces the Rappaport Endowment Fund and the Winner of the 11th Rappaport Prize

First Exhibition in 45 Years Devoted to Renaissance Master Jan Gossart on View at Metropolitan Museum

Sotheby's First-Ever Evening Sale of Islamic Art Realises £7 Million - Well Above Pre-Sale Expectations

Magnificent and Rare Collection of Mezzotints Acquired by the Art Fund for the British Museum

Damien Hirst Fills the Paul Stolper Gallery with 120 Framed, Foilblock Butterfly Prints

Record Number of Visitors this Summer for the United Kingdom's National Museums

Biennale of Sydney Announces Joint Artistic Directors for 2012: Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster

Judd Foundation Announces It will Now Be Represented Exclusively by David Zwirner

Preserved Feathers and Scales of a Giant Penguin Fossil Gives Evolutionary Clues

Tiny Footprints from Poland Show that First Dinosaurs Walked on Little Cat Feet

Nazi Praise Sparks Switzerland's Rethink of Modernist Architect Le Corbusier

Robert F. Kennedy-Owned Emancipation Proclamation Up for Auction

France 1500: Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at the Galeries nationales Grand Palais

October 6, 2010

For the First Time Ever, The Museo del Prado Exhibits Treasures from Its Library

Preserved Feathers and Scales of a Giant Penguin Fossil Gives Evolutionary Clues

Damien Hirst Fills the Paul Stolper Gallery with 120 Framed, Foilblock Butterfly Prints

First Exhibition in 45 Years Devoted to Renaissance Master Jan Gossart on View at Metropolitan Museum

Tiny Footprints from Poland Show that First Dinosaurs Walked on Little Cat Feet

Magnificent and Rare Collection of Mezzotints Acquired by the Art Fund for the British Museum

Record Number of Visitors this Summer for the United Kingdom's National Museums

Biennale of Sydney Announces Joint Artistic Directors for 2012: Catherine de Zegher and Gerald McMaster

Robert F. Kennedy-Owned Emancipation Proclamation Up for Auction

Nazi Praise Sparks Switzerland's Rethink of Modernist Architect Le Corbusier

Judd Foundation Announces It will Now Be Represented Exclusively by David Zwirner

Teotihuacan's Emblematic Monument, The Sun Pyramid, Still an Enigma for Archaeologists

£769,250 Achieved at Sotheby's for Rediscovered Paintings Depicting Tipu Sultan's Victory over the British

DeCordova Announces the Rappaport Endowment Fund and the Winner of the 11th Rappaport Prize

France 1500: Between the Middle Ages and the Renaissance at the Galeries nationales Grand Palais

Completely Renewed, the National Museum of Cultures to Be Reopened

First Day of Historic Three-Day Attic Sale at Chatsworth Realises US$7 Million

Sotheby's First-Ever Evening Sale of Islamic Art Realises £7 Million - Well Above Pre-Sale Expectations

Important Whistler and Old Master Prints at Swann Galleries' Three-Part Print Auction

The Onassis Cultural Center in New York Explores the Role of Heroes in Society

Portland-based Artist to Exhibit for Art For Arts' Sake Opening of the New Orleans Art Season

As 'Peanuts' Turn 60, Schulz Family Plans Future - More TV Specials and New Film

Sears Wants to Buy Back Willis Tower Sculpture Made by Alexander Calder

New Work by Turner Prize Nominated Artist, Cornelia Parker, Loses Wing in Cuts Campaign

First Kristin Baker Exhibition in an American Museum Opens at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Sidney Nolan's Antarctic Paintings on Display at the Polar Museum in Cambridge

Baba Bling: The Peranakan Chinese of Singapore at the Musée du Quai Branly

Modern Works by Artist Joan Miró Displayed at Metropolitan Museum with Dutch Old Master Paintings

Sotheby's Hong Kong Fine Chinese 2010 Autumn Sale Fetches US$52.2 Million

Rainer Fetting's "Manscapes", Painted between 1974 and 2010, on View at Kunsthalle Tubingen

Fire Virtually Destroys Southeastern England Landmark 19th-Century Hastings Pier

More than 60 Rare and Unpublished Photographs by Richard Avedon Set for Auction

Maryhill Museum of Art Announces Plans for First Expansion in 70-Year History

October 5, 2010

Tate Britain in London Shows Works by the Four Artists Competing for the Turner Prize

The Onassis Cultural Center in New York Explores the Role of Heroes in Society

Modern Works by Artist Joan Miró Displayed at Metropolitan Museum with Dutch Old Master Paintings

Sotheby's Hong Kong Fine Chinese 2010 Autumn Sale Fetches US$52.2 Million

New Work by Turner Prize Nominated Artist, Cornelia Parker, Loses Wing in Cuts Campaign

Sidney Nolan's Antarctic Paintings on Display at the Polar Museum in Cambridge

More than 60 Rare and Unpublished Photographs by Richard Avedon Set for Auction

First Kristin Baker Exhibition in an American Museum Opens at Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Fire Virtually Destroys Southeastern England Landmark 19th-Century Hastings Pier

First Day of Historic Three-Day Attic Sale at Chatsworth Realises US$7 Million

As 'Peanuts' Turn 60, Schulz Family Plans Future - More TV Specials and New Film

Important Whistler and Old Master Prints at Swann Galleries' Three-Part Print Auction

Portland-based Artist to Exhibit for Art For Arts' Sake Opening of the New Orleans Art Season

Maryhill Museum of Art Announces Plans for First Expansion in 70-Year History

Baba Bling: The Peranakan Chinese of Singapore at the Musée du Quai Branly

Sears Wants to Buy Back Willis Tower Sculpture Made by Alexander Calder

Rainer Fetting's "Manscapes", Painted between 1974 and 2010, on View at Kunsthalle Tubingen

The Grammy Museum Premieres Its Latest Exhibit: John Lennon, Songwriter

"Father of Indonesian Modernism" - S. Sudjojono's A New Dawn Sold for an Impressive US$1.4 Million at Sotheby's.

Chinese Collectors Smash Estimates At Sotheby's Contemporary Asian Art Auction In Hong Kong

Exceptional Painting by George Stubbs to Be Offered for Sale at Sotheby's London in December

Scotland + Venice Announces Karla Black to Represent Scotland at 54th Venice Biennale

Christie's Hosts a Public Art Exhibition Showing Highlights of Modern Middle Eastern Art

100-Year-Old Pennsylvania Museum Time Capsule Found Spoiled

First Solo Display of Work by Photographer Mary McCartney at the National Portrait Gallery

Christie's Presents the Stuart Collection of Magnificent Regency Silver

Exhibition at the Museo Picasso in Malaga Explores the Toys of the Avant-Garde

Fine Art Asia 2010: A Bridge between Tradition and Modernity, East and West Returns for 6th Edition

A Life-Size Bronze Sculpture by Henri Matisse Could Fetch $35 Million at Auction

Painting by Marc Chagall Breaks Record at Seoul Auction's Modern and Contemporary Art Sale

Inverted, Upside-Down, Contorted: Mirror Images in New Exhibition at Phæno in Wolfsburg

Muhammad Ali Memorabilia to Raise Over £7K for Parkinson's United Kingdom at Bonhams

La Belle Romaine to Lead Sotheby's November 2010 Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Well-Known Austrian Architect Dies

October 4, 2010

Master of Abstract Painting Pierre Soulages and His Retrospective at the Martin-Gropius-Bau

Exceptional Painting by George Stubbs to Be Offered for Sale at Sotheby's London in December

A Life-Size Bronze Sculpture by Henri Matisse Could Fetch $35 Million at Auction

La Belle Romaine to Lead Sotheby's November 2010 Impressionist & Modern Art Evening Sale

Exhibition at the Museo Picasso in Malaga Explores the Toys of the Avant-Garde

First Solo Display of Work by Photographer Mary McCartney at the National Portrait Gallery

Chinese Collectors Smash Estimates At Sotheby's Contemporary Asian Art Auction In Hong Kong

"Father of Indonesian Modernism" - S. Sudjojono's A New Dawn Sold for an Impressive US$1.4 Million at Sotheby's

Muhammad Ali Memorabilia to Raise Over £7K for Parkinson's United Kingdom at Bonhams

Inverted, Upside-Down, Contorted: Mirror Images in New Exhibition at Phæno in Wolfsburg

Cassatt, Picasso and Munch Highlighting Christie's October Prints & Multiples Sale

Painting by Marc Chagall Breaks Record at Seoul Auction's Modern and Contemporary Art Sale

Fine Art Asia 2010: A Bridge between Tradition and Modernity, East and West Returns for 6th Edition

Scotland + Venice Announces Karla Black to Represent Scotland at 54th Venice Biennale

Sean Branagan Adopts LCD Screens for New Show at Gooden Gallery

Exhibition of Major Works by Belgian Artist Marcel Broodthaers at Michael Werner Gallery

Recent Oil Paintings by Los Angeles Artist Josh Dov on View at Brian Gross Fine Art

Museum of Fine Arts Celebrates Arte2010 with Exhibition from the Collection

SK Stiftung Kultur in Cologne Presents 160 Works of Art Made by Joachim Brohm

MAXXI Museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects Wins the RIBA Stirling Prize 2010

Gregory Crewdson's Latest Photographic Series "Sanctuary" at Gagosian Gallery

Archaeologists in Egypt have Unearthed the Upper Part of a 3,400-Year-Old Granite Statue

Some 70 Art Galleries from the UK and Around the World to Exhibit at the 12th Annual Art London

Exhibition at the Museum of Modern Art Explores the Role of Contemporary Architecture

Broad Survey of Abstract Expressionism Draws from MoMA's Renowned Collection

Take a Look Behind the Scenes, Behind the Canvas and Behind the Paint at the Currier Museum of Art

Hammer Museum Presents Mark Manders: Parallel Occurrences / Documented Assignments

George Sherwood's Wind Orchid Ushers in Kinetic Waves of Energy at the Katonah Museum of Art

Once Every Four Years, Moderna Museet Presents an Overview of Swedish Contemporary Art

Comic Book Collector Learns Fine Art of Letting Go

October 3, 2010

The American Landscapes of Asher B. Durand at the Fundación Juan March

Archaeologists in Egypt have Unearthed the Upper Part of a 3,400-Year-Old Granite Statue

Broad Survey of Abstract Expressionism Draws from MoMA's Renowned Collection

MAXXI Museum in Rome by Zaha Hadid Architects Wins the RIBA Stirling Prize 2010

Gregory Crewdson's Latest Photographic Series "Sanctuary" at Gagosian Gallery

Once Every Four Years, Moderna Museet Presents an Overview of Swedish Contemporary Art

Some 70 Art Galleries from the UK and Around the World to Exhibit at the 12th Annual Art London

"Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" Opens at Kent State University Museum

Amon Carter Museum Showcases a Special Documentary Photography Exhibition

Totonaca Mural Paintings Restored: Salts that Blocked Visibility were Removed

Velázquez: The Painter of Painters, a Film by Didier Baussy-Oulianoff, will Be Available on DVD

Brian Griffin Returns to Birmingham for His First Major Retrospective in His Birth City

First U.S. Retrospective of the Work of Belgian Contemporary Artist Luc Tuymans Opens at Chicago's MCA

First Zeng Fanzhi Solo Show on the West Coast Opens at Fabien Fryns Fine Art

On Conceptual Sketches, Controversial New York Islamic Center Looks Modern, Secular

Sale of the Magnificent Cellar of Marcus D. Hiles Realised a Total of US$6.4 Million

Exhibition of Major Abstract Expressionist Paintings at Gagosian in Beverly Hills

New Tour at the Frick Art & Historical Center: Mourning Customs in the Victorian Era

Guggenheim Presents New Site-Specific Installation Made for the Museum by Ryan Gander

The Poetic of Written Space: Handwriting and Calligraphy at Correr Museum in Venice

LACMA Presents Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Collection

Paintings and Mixed Media Works Comprise Joyce Kozloff's Exhibition at DC Moore Gallery

Historic Mirrors from the Setting of Brideshead Revisited to Sell at Bonhams

October 2, 2010

Fernando Botero's Rotund and Voluptuous Forms at the Museum of Fine Arts in Budapest

Exhibition of Major Abstract Expressionist Paintings at Gagosian in Beverly Hills

First Zeng Fanzhi Solo Show on the West Coast Opens at Fabien Fryns Fine Art

LACMA Presents Eye for the Sensual: Selections from the Lynda and Stewart Resnick Collection

Guggenheim Presents New Site-Specific Installation Made for the Museum by Ryan Gander

The Poetic of Written Space: Handwriting and Calligraphy at Correr Museum in Venice

Paintings and Mixed Media Works Comprise Joyce Kozloff's Exhibition at DC Moore Gallery

"Katharine Hepburn: Dressed for Stage and Screen" Opens at Kent State University Museum

Amon Carter Museum Showcases a Special Documentary Photography Exhibition

Totonaca Mural Paintings Restored: Salts that Blocked Visibility were Removed

Just a Click Away: Italian Masterpieces from Uffizi Gallery in Florence Go Online

Mint Museum Opens New Facility that Increase Museum's Space by More than 60 Percent

Twenty-Five Years After His Death, André Kertész Gets Exhibition at Jeu de Paume

MFA Houston to Present Tutankhamun: The Golden King and the Great Pharaohs in October 2011

Ancient Tree to Help Turn Jericho into Tourism Hub

National Portrait Gallery Presents Portrait of Charles M. Schulz by Yousuf Karsh

At Italy's Barolo Wine Museum, Visitors are Encouraged to Play with Many of the Exhibits

Royal Ontario Museum Announces Second Year of Terracotta Warriors Exhibition Tour Not Proceeding

Donors Endow Curatorship at Princeton University Art Museum; Laura M. Giles Appointed

Tatiana Trouvé Creates a New Installation in the Main Gallery at South London Gallery

Guggenheim Foundation and BMW Group Announce a Major New Global Initiative

Scottish National Portrait Gallery Invites Public to Put Themselves in the Picture

Sotheby's to Offer Important Fine & Decorative Arts From the Hascoe Family Collection

Olmec: Colossal Masterworks of Ancient Mexico to Open LACMA's New Resnick Exhibition Pavilion

Christie's in London Presents Treasures of the Islamic and Indian Worlds

Exhibition Examines Return to Classicism in European Art Between World Wars

New Tour at the Frick Art & Historical Center: Mourning Customs in the Victorian Era

Most Popular Last Seven Days



1.- Image of a Christ without a beard, short hair and wearing a toga unearthed in Spain

2.- Giant mosaic unearthed in mysterious tomb in Amphipolis in northern Macedonia

3.- Bonhams sale of 18th century French decorative arts to benefit Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco

4.- Paris flustered by erection of 'sex-toy' sculpture; Paul McCarthy slapped by a passer-by

5.- High art or vile pornography? Marquis de Sade explored in Orsay museum exhibition

6.- 'Cubism: The Leonard A. Lauder Collection' opens at the Metropolitan Museum of Art

7.- Greek culture minister says Elgin Marbles return a matter of 'global heritage'

8.- Vandals deflate Paris 'sex-toy' sculpture by American artist Paul McCarthy after outrage

9.- Exhibition at National Gallery in London explores Rembrandt's final years of painting

10.- 'Hans Memling: A Flemish Renaissance' opens at the Scuderie del Quirinale in Rome

Related Stories



Peggy Guggenheim Museum offers visitors fresh perceptions of the museum's collection

Guggenheim Museum presents Intervals by Brooklyn-based artist Nicola Lopez

Most ambitious exhibition to date on the work of Brancusi and Serra at the Guggenheim in Bilbao

Phillips de Pury & Co. and the Guggenheim Museum announce auction of contemporary works

Guggenheim Museum Announces Winners For Rob Pruitt's 2010 Art Awards

Haunted: Contemporary Photography/Video/ Performance at the Guggenheim in Bilbao

Guggenheim Presents New Site-Specific Installation Made for the Museum by Ryan Gander

Exhibition Examines Return to Classicism in European Art Between World Wars

Guggenheim - Hugo Boss Prize Nominees Garner Accolades

Guggenheim Announces "Art in France, Italy, and Germany, 1918-1936



Museums, Exhibits, Artists, Milestones, Digital Art, Architecture, Photography,
Photographers, Special Photos, Special Reports, Featured Stories, Auctions, Art Fairs,
Anecdotes, Art Quiz, Education, Mythology, 3D Images, Last Week, .

 

Founder:
Ignacio Villarreal
Editor & Publisher: Jose Villarreal - Consultant: Ignacio Villarreal Jr.
Art Director: Juan José Sepúlveda Ramírez - Marketing: Carla Gutiérrez
Special Contributor: Liz Gangemi - Special Advisor: Carlos Amador
Contributing Editor: Carolina Farias

Royalville Communications, Inc
produces:

ignaciovillarreal.org theavemaria.org juncodelavega.org facundocabral-elfinal.org
Founder's Site. The most varied versions
of this beautiful prayer.
Hommage
to a Mexican poet.
Hommage
       

The First Art Newspaper on the Net. The Best Versions Of Ave Maria Song Junco de la Vega Site Ignacio Villarreal Site