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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on July 19, 2016

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On this week’s art crime blotter: a drunken Brexit supporter attacked an artwork featuring a hijab, a specialist disappeared with the possible da Vinci drawing he was asked to authenticate, and thieves who stole stones from a historic battlefield came down with the Gettysburg curse.

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Post image for In Defense of the World’s Ugliest Color, “Opaque Couché”

And the title of “World’s Ugliest Color” goes to: Pantone 448C!

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Post image for Never Mind the Bollocks, It’s the Met’s Breuer Now

I realize that I’m coming late to the party with Unfinished: Thoughts Left Visible, one of the three debut exhibitions of the Met Breuer, and I have little to add to the conversation about the fundamental problem with the show.

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Post image for Scientists Identify the Fungi Clouding Leonardo’s Self-Portrait

A red chalk sketch from around 1512 CE, long believed to be a self-portrait by Leonardo da Vinci, has a glowering, bearded man’s face emerging from a swarm of brown spots. Kept safely in the vaults of the Biblioteca Reale in Turin, the portrait’s power, despite the imperfections, has even gained rumors of supposedly magical powers.

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Post image for Erased Nude Discovered in a Leonardo da Vinci Notebook

It seems like there’s always something new to discover in the thousands of pages of notes and drawings left behind by Leonardo da Vinci, whether it’s a sketch for an early refrigerator or an illustration of a viola organista fusing a piano with a stringed instrument.

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Post image for In Light of the Newest One, a Brief History of Mona Lisa Theories

It seems the Mona Lisa will never fail to inspire research and lead to discoveries that, though questionable, will never fail to grab headlines and cause every Leonardo expert in the world to weigh in on the matter and inevitably butt heads with each other.

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Post image for Leonardo da Vinci Designed a Refrigerator

When Leonardo da Vinci wasn’t painting portraits of medieval Italy’s nobility, he was figuring out how to keep their drinks cold.

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Post image for Possible New Portrait of Leonardo da Vinci Discovered

Now, we may have another portrait to fill out our image of Leonardo.

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Post image for In Twin Leonardo Shows, a Portrait of Singapore Emerges

SINGAPORE — This is a tale of two Leonardos — or rather one possible Leonardo and one definite da Vinci.

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Post image for Fooling Around With Art History, on Lunch Break

When most people are bored at work, they surf Facebook. Not so with Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick, two employees at the website creation startup Squarespace who funneled their creative energy into photographic homages to the art historical canon.

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