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A small painting depicting Jesus in a crown of thorns before crucifixion will go on view at the Museo Nacional del Prado in Madrid (The Prado Museum) by the end of the month. Valued at around €1,500 by a Madrid auction house in 2021, the piece was originally thought to be from the “circle of José de Ribera,” a 17th century Spanish painter. However, experts didn’t let the painting remain in the catalog for very long. 
When American painter James Abbott McNeill Whistler’s (1834-1903) portrait of his mother, Anna Matilda McNeill Whistler, was exhibited at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts in 1881, few could have predicted that it would become one of the most recognized images in the history of American painting.
In the spirit of the English poet Alexander Pope, art springs eternal, much like hope. Many artists have recognized the uplifting power of spring, particularly in times of societal and political upheaval. These ten artworks remind us that spring always follows winter's dark days of snow and ice.
An unidentifiable object has been recovered from a Roman excavation site in England and is now being put on display at the National Civil War Centre, Newark Museum in Nottinghamshire. This mysterious artifact, known as the dodecahedron– named for its twelve, pentagon-shaped sides– is the 33rd to be found in the 1700 or so years since their creation. 
Once known for her stylized portraits of the wealthy and famous, a musical about the life of Polish Art Deco painter, Lempicka, has secured three nominations since premiering on Broadway early last month.
San Francisco-based artist Clare Rojas explores the motif of dots, points, circles, and orbs in her new solo exhibition, “Clare’s Balls”. Presented by Jessica Silverman, the 23-piece show runs from April 25th to June 1st.
A portrait, originally thought to be lost, painted by Austrian symbolist Gustav Klimt has just sold at Im Kinsky, a Vienna auction house.
Art has been used as an outlet for the expression of emotions for centuries, though it wasn’t until the 1940s that it was specifically deemed a form of therapy in the United States and Europe. The term “art therapy” was originally coined by British artist Adrian Hill and is now formally recognized by the Oxford Dictionary
The 60th iteration of the Venice Biennale kicked off this past Saturday, and with that, 331 participating artists unveiled their interpretations of this years’ theme, Foreigners Everywhere. The national pavilions, in combination with the central exhibition and additional collateral events, brought in a total of 800,000 visitors to the Italian city last year, so a steady stream of tourists is expected until the fair’s close in late N
With a robust food culture and deep, rich history, Italy is the fifth most touristic country in the world, bringing in about 50 million visitors per year. Vacationing there in peak seasons, however, can often feel more like an exercise in patience and crowd-navigation than an opportunity for relaxation and cultural immersion.
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