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2011-04-06 10:35:00

Researchers are digging up the remains of an Italian noblewoman who they believe could be the model who sat for Leonardo da Vinci's infamous Mona Lisa masterpiece. Art historian Silvano Vinceti believes that by locating the remains of Lisa Gherardini, he will be able to prove whether or not she was the artists' model. According to a death certificate, Gherardini died in 1542 and is interred in a convent in Florence. The excavation will begin at Saint Orsola later this month. Art experts...

2011-03-29 20:05:40

Gaze upon Rembrandt's The Night Watch, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, or one of the great Dutch master's famous self-portraits. Contemplate Caravaggio's Boy with a Basket of Fruit, Supper at Emmaus, or the famed Italian artist's Seven Works of Mercy. Admire Peter Paul Rubens' Prometheus Bound, Portrait of WÃ…“šadysÃ…“šaw IV, or the Flemish baroque painter's The Exchange of Princesses. Speaking at the 241st National meeting & Exposition of...

2010-05-11 11:58:00

LONDON, May 11, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- - London 27 May - 23 July 2010 Caravaggio's Friends & Foes is major loan exhibition held by Whitfield Fine Art in London. The exhibition which will mark the 400th anniversary of Caravaggio's death, will include paintings by his enemies the painters Giovanni Baglione and Tommaso Salini, his friends Louis Finson and Prospero Orsi, the painters Antiveduto Grammatica and Cavalier d'Arpino, whose studios he worked in when he arrived in Rome,...

2010-03-02 11:29:00

NEW YORK, March 2 /PRNewswire/ -- Vincent Van Gogh. Edvard Munch. Johannes Vermeer. Caravaggio. Francisco Goya. These five artists continue to inspire and capture imaginations. Travel through the cities they called home, with Art + Travel Europe, a new guide book from Museyon Guides. Art + Travel Europe is the first book to feature detailed walking tours of the five cities where these artists lived, loved and labored, plus a biography of each painter. Readers will discover the stories...

2009-07-05 11:16:46

Participants in an upcoming public art exhibit in London say they are ready to pose as living statues in Trafalgar Square. Participant Tom de Freston told The Sunday Telegraph he will portray the late Italian artist Michelangelo Caravaggio in artist Antony Gormley's living statue exhibit at the London square. Caravaggio seems a bit over the top for these days so I wanted to send it up a bit, de Freston said of his part in the exhibit, which begins Monday. I am going as a giant pigeon,...

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2009-03-10 13:58:25

Sixteenth-century Italian artist Caravaggio used techniques closely related to the essence of photography when painting his subjects, according to researcher Roberta Lapucci of Florence. Working in a "darkroom," Caravaggio used a hole in the ceiling to shine light on his subject. That light was projected onto a canvas with a lens and mirror, Lapucci, who teaches at Studio Art Centers, told AFP. Lapucci believes Caravaggio may have used a photoluminescent powder from crushed fireflies, which...

2008-11-28 22:42:36

The 16th century Italian painter Caravaggio may have used fireflies to create primitive photographs, an art historian says in the journal Stile Arte. ANSA said Roberta Lapucci, conservation chief at Florence's SACI institute, has proposed in her article that the painter developed a firefly powder as a tool and converted his studio into something of a camera obscura. The Italian news agency said that in studying Caravaggio's works, Lapucci discovered traces of photosensitive substances that...

2008-06-26 06:02:44

By Elisabetta Povoledo As Tom Hanks, Ron Howard and the rest of the cast and crew of "Angels and Demons" wrap up filming, the Dan Brown effect is on many minds here. Brown's last book-turned-movie, "The Da Vinci Code," spawned hordes of tourists, toting well-thumbed novels, traipsing around France, Scotland and elsewhere to unravel its mysteries. Now Romans are wondering if the film of "Angels and Demons," based on the 2000 predecessor to "The Da Vinci Code," will do the same for their...

2007-01-14 03:00:09

By Lundgren, Jodi In the first of CBC Radio's now annual Canada Reads programs, celebrity participants selected Michael Ondaatje's In the Skin of a Lion as the novel that all Canadians should read. That this novel, which depicts ethnic minority labourers building Toronto's public works hi the early 1900$, should in 2002 prove useful to a state- sponsored exercise in national community-building prompts renewed inquiry into its ideological and aesthetic dimensions. During the debate, the...


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