Archive for the ‘paintings’ Category

Props in Pictures: World’s Oldest Watch


You never know what you’re going to find in a picture be it a photo or a painting. In this case, experts think they’ve found the oldest example of a watch in a painting of Cosimo I de Medici, the Duke of Florence. It was painted in 1560.

What objects have you seen depicted in your photographs? Send me an email and let me know.

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Lost Pictures: Conservation Adoption


There is a lot to like about this idea. A Dulwich Picture Gallery exhibit that focuses on the paintings in their collection in need of conservation. They want you to adopt a painting and help preserve it. The program is called Adopt an Old Master and the exhibit is in honor of the 100th adoption. I’m not aware of programs like this in the United States, but what a great idea.


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Lost Pictures: Another DaVinci?


Imagine searching for three decades for a lost image. That’s what Dr. Maurizio Seracini has done. He’s looking for a lost Leonardo DaVinci mural possibly hidden inside a wall at the Florence (Italy) city hall. In 1975 a researcher spotted a clue, now Seracini is using some really cool scientific gadgetry to find the painting. He’s firing neurons through the wall to see if he can find the mural.

Saracini and his team are looking for a DaVinci mural, “The Battle of Anghiari” that’s triple the size of the “Last Supper.” Is it behind a painting by Varsari? Did Vasari construct a brick wall in front of the DaVinci masterpiece? There is a fascinating article by John Tierney in the New York Times about the scientific hunt for this lost piece of art.


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