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Painting at Apsley House reattributed to Titian’s workshop

Plus: art dealer Joseph Nahmad could face jail time after pleading guilty to assault charges | Whitney Museum promotes two curators | and recommended reading

1 August 2019

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Painting at Apsley House reattributed to Titian’s workshop | A painting in the Wellington collection at Apsley House, previously thought to be the work of a minor north Italian artist has been reattributed to Titian’s workshop, it was announced today. Orpheus Enchanting the Animals, which has been attributed to Alessandro Varotari for the past century, was brought to London from Spain in 1801 by the first Duke of Wellington. Josephine Oxley, curator of the Wellington collection, even surmised that ‘the finer parts may have been done by’ Titian himself. Members of the public can now see the work, which for the past 18 months has been undergoing conservation, on display at Apsley House.

Art dealer Joseph Nahmad pleads guilty to assault charges | Joseph Nahmad, son of the art collector Ezra Nahmad and founder of the London gallery Nahmad Projects, could face jail time after pleading guilty to two charges of assault occasioning actual bodily harm. Nahmad stood accused of attacking his partner, Georgia Barry.

Curatorial promotions at the Whitney Museum | Two curators at the Whitney Museum of American Art are receiving promotions, it was announced yesterday. David Breslin, who joined the organisation in 2016 as curator and director of the collection, will become the museum’s first director of curatorial initiatives, while Jane Panetta, who is currently an associate curator, will succeed Breslin as director.

Recommended reading | Artnews examines a recent report which finds that works by women artists are outperforming those by men, in terms of price gains, when returning to auction. The New Yorker counters some of the myths surrounding Jackson Pollock’s Mural, which is currently on an exhibition tour around the globe. The Guardian travels to the Edinburgh Art Festival for an interview with Alfredo Jaar.

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