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Painting attributed to Cimabue discovered in French woman’s kitchen

Plus: Italy lends key works for the Louvre’s Leonardo retrospective | MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ recipients announced | Pot excavated from beneath Rembrandt’s house linked to artist

25 September 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Painting attributed to Cimabue discovered in French woman’s kitchen | Experts believe that a painting that hung above a hotplate in a woman’s kitchen in Compiègne, northern France is The Mocking of Christ, a long-lost panel in a series by the 13th-century Florentine artist Cimabue. The painting will be auctioned next month, and appraisers estimate its value at €6 million. (In the Guardian, Jonathan Jones expresses scepticism about the painting’s hasty attribution.)

Italy lends key works for the Louvre’s Leonardo retrospective | Visitors to the Louvre’s Leonardo retrospective, opening this October, will be able to view the artist’s iconic Vitruvian Man drawing, on loan from the Gallerie dell’Accademia in Venice. The Uffizi will also lend six works, including the earliest drawing signed and dated by the artist. The loan agreement marks the end of a cultural-exchange controversy between France and the Italian government under Matteo Salvini.

MacArthur ‘Genius Grant’ recipients announced | Winners of the MacArthur Foundation’s annual $625,000 ‘Genius’ grant have been announced. Recipients include artists Mel Chin, Jeffrey Gibson, Walter Hood, and Cameron Rowland. The no-strings award, introduced in 1981, goes to ‘talented individuals who have shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction’.

Pot excavated from beneath Rembrandt’s house linked to artist | A clay pot excavated from beneath Rembrandt’s house in 1997 was recently found to contain quartz, a material used by the artist to prepare canvases, and was declared a ‘true Rembrandt relic’ by Rembrandt House Museum curator Leonore van Sloten. The object is currently on view in the museum’s exhibition ‘Rembrandt’s Laboratory: Rembrandt’s Technique Unravelled’.

 

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