#art, #history, #museums 8|16|2011

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Photo: “The Marriage of Tobias and Sarah” by Jan Steen. Credit: Museum Bredius in The Hague

Tobias and Sarah

Photo: “The Marriage of Tobias and Sarah” by Jan Steen. Credit: Museum Bredius in The Hague


The Hague municipality has settled with an heir of a Jewish art dealer whose works were lost to the Nazis, including part of “The Marriage of Tobias and Sarah” by Jan Steen. AP via Washington Post.

At some point in its history, Steen’s original work was cut into several pieces, two of which were rejoined to create the current painting. According to the Museum Bredius website:

It is well to realize that, in spite of all the efforts, we are still dealing with the remaining middle part of a larger painting. The painting probably used to be much larger, especially on the left and the top side, possibly several decimeters. The kneeling couple might have been the centre of the composition. The restored parts are all that is left of a large, monumental composition. All one can do is to try to picture it in the mind’s eye.

The Rembrandt sketch stolen Saturday has been found in [correction: near] an Encino church. Richard Winton and Abby Sewell in Los Angeles Times.

The L.A. Daily Mirror and L.A. Crime Beat from Twitter feeds, lovingly prepared to the most exacting specifications by the bots at paper.li

Emily Wax of the Washington Post writes about Susan Burns of Alexandria, Va., who is accused of trying to pull a Matisse painting off the wall of the National Gallery of Art. On April 1, she allegedly tried to pull at Paul Gauguin painting off the wall in the same gallery.

Police say that after her attack on the Gauguin painting, she said it “is evil. He has nudity and is bad for the children. He has two women in the painting very homosexual. I was trying to remove it. I think it should be burned. I am from the American CIA and I have a radio in my head. I am going to kill you.”

John Valadez has a new mural on the side of a Long Beach apartment complex. Reed Johnson in the Los Angeles Times’ Culture Monster.

Fire has destroyed the World’s Largest Stove, but other artifacts remain from the Chicago World’s Columbian Exposition of 1893. Dawn Rhodes at ChicagoTribune.com.

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One Response to #art, #history, #museums 8|16|2011

  1. Mary Mallory says:

    The history of art has many interesting stories about stealing and about restoration. During World War II, the Louvre was able to plan and evacuate all the major pieces of art before the Nazis came in, like the Mona Lisa (which the head archivist and his family took with them into the country in a padded case), and Winged Victory. This statue was carefully brought down the steps, but the curators weren’t sure that it would come down in one piece. The secretary to the head of the Museum stayed behind since she spoke and read German. After the Nazis marched into Paris, she listened and read documents, and then went home and documented where they were shipping all the art. After WWII, they were able to recover everything from these notes. This was mentioned in the great documentary “The Rape of Europa”, about the Nazis stealing or destruction of art during WWII.

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