The Imperfect Perfections of the Spanish Forger


The Spanish Forger

was an unknown artisan who fooled the art world in the early part of the 20th century creating medieval artwork, specifically miniatures. Using original parchment and sometimes scraping the  words from the leaves of genuine medieval books, he created many forgeries that are still found in museums around the world. To date, about 200 pieces have been identified as belonging to the Spanish Forger. What is surprising is that now these pieces earn  a respectable price in the auction houses in their own right. His notoriety was such that his work was the subject of an exhibition at the Morgan Library in New York City in 1978.

Belle da Costa Greene

Medieval culture scholar from the British Library, Mary Wellesley, has made a fascinating detective-like film about the woman who uncovered his deception, Belle da Costa Greene. This intriguing lady was not averse to keeping secrets – her own true identity was kept hidden from the wider world too. It was Greene who felt that the perfect ‘sugary’ world depicted felt out of place in a world where pious and pensive were more appropriate than sweet and cloying.

Watch this cleverly made film for more on Greene and the Spanish Forger.

Iconic Images: Dali Atomicus

Dali Atomicus

Dali Atomicus
Lovely short film about the story behind this famous image taken in collaboration with Salvador Dali. The Photograph was taken by Phillipe Halsman who worked closely with Dali constructing many “outrageous” images.  It’s title is Dali Atomicus and his idea was to celebrate Dali’s painting, Leda Atomica (seen on the right) take the word atomicus in its literal meaning, putting everything in  suspension. So after hanging certain elements from invisible wires it was decided that three cats and a bucket of water needed to be added to complete the composition. It took 26 takes before Halsman was satisfied.

Venetian Carnival gets Underway

Venice_Carnival_MasksThousands of revellers flock to the Italian city of Venice for the start of one of the world’s oldest carnivals. Macheranda Grand Ball -> 07 Feb #2016 music, fantasy, entertainments #venicecarnival— Venice Carnival (@carnival_venice) January 20, 2016 As well as the many floating displays the 18-day event will includes balls in Venetian palaces… Continue reading Venetian Carnival gets Underway

Moco Museum in Amsterdam with Banksy and Warhol

AMSTERDAM, March 21, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — The Modern Contemporary – aka, Moco Museum will open its doors to the public at the end of March. The opening exhibition will combine works of art by Pop Art-protagonist Andy Warhol and Street Art-legend Banksy. The new museum for modern and contemporary art located on the Museum Square in Amsterdam wants… Continue reading Moco Museum in Amsterdam with Banksy and Warhol

London and Moscow iconic art swap

You’ve heard of a book swap; what about an art swap? Well, that is what’s been painstakingly arranged between  London’s National Portrait Gallery and the State Tretyakov Gallery
modest mussorgsky - part of art swap
Ilya Repin’s portrait of Modest Mussorgsky, painted 1881 – part of the art swap.

in Moscow. Both are marking their 160th anniversary this year and have decided to celebrate by swapping treasures in one of the visual arts’ biggest UK-Russian cultural exchanges. The importance of the event is reflected by the stellar nature of some of the loans, including a national… Continue reading London and Moscow iconic art swap

Step Into Virtual Reality of Salvador Dali’s Imagination

What do you get when you mix Salvador Dali‘s surreal art with Disney’s entertainment creativity? The ability to go inside one of Dali’s paintings and explore the surreal surroundings from every angle. The video below details”Dreams of Dali” a virtual reality art exhibit at the Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida. GET THE GOOD NEWS FROM… Continue reading Step Into Virtual Reality of Salvador Dali’s Imagination

Frankfurt gallery celebrates paintings of Joan Miro

The Farm by Joan Miro
Early painting of the farm where Jean Miro spent his childhood – a kaleidoscopic painting brimming with detail.

Frankfurt (dpa) – A major exhibition of Catalan painter Joan Miro spanning over half a century of his works opens in Frankfurt on Friday. The exhibition showcases 50 of the Barcelona-born artist’s paintings and demonstrates his departure from the traditional rules of painting, organizers of the display at Frankfurt’s Schirn Kunsthalle said Thursday. “It’s an exhibition… Continue reading Frankfurt gallery celebrates paintings of Joan Miro

Looted Pissarro to return to France

ShepherdessBringingInSheepA painting by Camille Pissarro will return to a Jewish family in France, whose art collection was looted by the Nazis in 1941, a lawyer who led the negotiations said. Meyer is the adoptive daughter of late businessman Raoul Meyer, who was co-owner of the French retail company that owns the upscale department store chain Galeries Lafayette.…

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Jonathan Yeo paints actress for new retrospective

Jonathan Yeo is one of the UK’s most highly regarded portrait artists. He is known for his portrayal of famous subjects, from Kevin Spacey by Jonathan Yeopoliticians and royalty to Hollywood celebrities. Yeo’s latest work explores different ways of looking at the same person. He is preparing an exhibition at the Museum of National History in Denmark with a series… Continue reading Jonathan Yeo paints actress for new retrospective

Liverpool Biennial 2014

“The Liverpool Biennial is the largest international contemporary art festival in the United Kingdom.”

Liverpool Biennial 2014…according to Wikipedia, which does make me very proud. Liverpool is famously renowned for its music, but to have become ‘the largest’ art festival in the UK demonstrates the city’s thriving interest in the arts – not just conventional, but the more challenging art at that. Continue reading Liverpool Biennial 2014

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