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  • Featured Artist: August Wilhelm Leu

    October 4th, 2013 · 4:58 pm  →  19th Century Art Appraisal Art History Blog painting

    This week, we have decided to feature an important German artist by the name of August Wilhelm Leu (1819-1897). Born in Munster in 1819, Leu entered the Academy of Dusseldorf in 1840.  Although he was initially interested in engraving, he was profoundly influenced by the teaching of Johann Wilhelm Shirmer, whose focus was on landscapeRead the Rest…

    A Brief Primer on Pre-Columbian Art

    Incan Polychrome Jar from the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis Pre-Columbian Art is classified as the visual art of indigenous peoples living in the Caribbean and the Americas before the arrival of European influence (Hence the name, which references Christopher Columbus).  Art that was produced in these areas between 1200 BCE and 1500 CE is consideredRead the Rest…

    Finders Keepers: Stolen Artwork Uncovered

    April 22nd, 2013 · 10:36 am  →  19th Century Art Art History Blog

    Marcia Fuqua, a 51-year old Virginia woman, unwittingly purchased an original painting by French Impressionist artist Pierre-Auguste Renoir (1841-1919) for $7 at the Harpers Ferry Flea Market. News of the discovery made waves in the art world this month when an Alexandria auction house announced its intentions to sell the Renoir landscape, and a journalistRead the Rest…

    Recto/Verso and Vice Versa: The “Backstory” Behind a Famous Drawing

    April 18th, 2013 · 11:58 am  →  Art History Blog

                                        Recto and Verso are, or front and back, are common terms used when describing art. Although most of the time we appreciate a painting or a drawing from the front, the verso should not be dismissed. ARead the Rest…

    The Power of Provenance: A Picture Worth a Thousand Words

    April 15th, 2013 · 2:12 pm  →  Appraisal Art History Blog

    Every picture has a story. To be able to follow an image from its inception to its current-day location is an incredible example of provenance, or the documented story behind a piece of work. In terms of the art market, provenance is a means by which art experts can examine and verify authenticity and establishRead the Rest…

    Damage and Insuring Art

    April 4th, 2013 · 2:32 pm  →  Art History Blog

                                 This past January and February, just a few months after the catastrophic Hurricane Sandy flooded parts of New York City, the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) published a new map assessing the risk levels per neighborhood of possible future flooding inRead the Rest…

    Examining Authentications

    March 20th, 2013 · 10:37 am  →  Art History Blog

    In art and antiques, the authenticity of an object defines its value and importance in the trajectory of art history. Without legitimate provenance, or a sequence of historic records of the chronology of ownership, custody or location of an item, evidence of an object’s legitimacy can be seen as ambiguous and circumstantial. In these casesRead the Rest…

    The Importance of a Professional Eye

    March 13th, 2013 · 2:47 pm  →  Art History Blog

    There exists something in the art world called “connoisseurship.” It simply means the combination of knowledge, experience, and instinct that enables experts to discern a true work of art from the superfluity of fakes and imitators in the world. It is this quality that can elevate a simple sketch into a treasured part of history,Read the Rest…

    Édouard Leon Cortès: Picturing Paris

    March 7th, 2013 · 12:11 pm  →  19th Century Art Art History Blog

    French post-Impressionist artist – born 1882 in Lagney-sur-Marne, France – is most famous for his romantic Parisian vignettes. Grandson to artist Antonio Cortès and son to Spanish Court painter Antonio Cortès, the virtuoso Édouard was inclined toward the arts in his youth and studied at the École des Beaux-Arts in Paris. When in 1901 theRead the Rest…

    Masami Teraoka: New Views of Mt. Fuji/Sinking Pleasure Boat

    February 27th, 2013 · 12:45 pm  →  Art History Blog

    At first glance Masami Teraoka’s panoramic view of a rustic wooden boat filled with revelers and being overtaken by ferocious waves appears to be a traditional Ukiyo-E, or Japanese woodblock print. These colorful prints originating in the austere Edo period depicted the “floating world” of transient sensual pleasures of beauty, music, food, and drink. TheyRead the Rest…