LONDON (Reuters) – The moment Syrian cartoonist Ali Farzat chose to depict President Bashar al-Assad and his “inner circle” in his drawings, he knew he was courting trouble.
The 60-year-old, famous across the Arab world and beyond for bitingly satirical works ridiculing corruption, nepotism and narrow-mindedness, had always avoided identifying individuals in his art.
St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, may well have been a tax collector for the Romans who fled to Ireland where he could have traded slaves to pay his way, according to new research by a University of Cambridge academic published on Saturday.
LONDON (Reuters) – St. Patrick, patron saint of Ireland, may well have been a tax collector for the Romans who fled to Ireland where he could have traded slaves to pay his way, according to new research by a University of Cambridge academic published on Saturday.
The generally accepted account of the saint’s life, albeit based on scant evidence, says Patrick was abducted from western Britain as a teenager and forced into slavery in Ireland for six years during which time he developed a strong Christian faith.
LONDON (Reuters) – It is probably not the world’s biggest art fair, and certainly not the flashiest, but Maastricht’s annual shindig for well-heeled collectors of mainly traditional works believes it has what it takes to survive shifts in artistic tastes and fortunes.
TEFAF — the European Fine Art Fair — celebrates its 25th year in 2012, and organizers put its longevity and status as the world’s leading art and antiques fair down to some distinctly old-fashioned values.
LONDON, March 13 (Reuters) – It may be the anti-climax
after one of the most hyped art exhibitions in British history,
but a new show at London’s National Gallery exploring J.M.W.
Turner’s debt to French painter Claude Lorrain has left some
“Turner Inspired: In the Light of Claude”, which runs from
March 14-June 5, follows hard on the heels of the gallery’s
record-breaking “Leonardo da Vinci: Painter at the Court of
Milan”, which was always going to be a hard act to follow.
LONDON, March 9 (Reuters) – An archivist at the
British Film Institute has stumbled across a 1901 movie just one
minute long which turns out to be the earliest surviving film
featuring a character from the works of Charles Dickens.
Bryony Dixon was researching early films of China when she
noticed an entry in a catalogue referring to “The Death of Poor
Joe”, which she realised could refer to a character in Dickens’
LONDON (Reuters) – It could have traditionalists gagging on their champagne, but the next production on the Royal Opera House’s main stage in the UK capital will feature a troupe of breakdancers spinning and body-popping to the music.
“Miss Fortune”, a new work commissioned jointly by Covent Garden and the Bregenz Festival in Austria, is by British composer Judith Weir and transports an old Sicilian folk tale into the present day.
LONDON (Reuters) – The world’s biggest record label says it is trying something a little different as it seeks the elusive “holy grail” for Japanese pop — global chart success.
A procession of “J-pop” acts touted as the next big thing on the world stage have come and gone, most causing barely a ripple in markets like the United States, Germany and Britain.
LONDON (Reuters) – A large number of music files of the late “king of pop” Michael Jackson were allegedly stolen from record company Sony Music by computer hackers, sources familiar with the case said on Monday.
Sony Music, a unit of Sony Corps, signed a deal with Jackson’s estate in 2010, the year after the “Thriller” singer’s death, to release 10 albums covering previously unreleased material and his back catalogue.
LONDON (Reuters) – Christie’s will offer 15 works from the “Golden Age” of Dutch painting at an auction in July, including a “masterpiece” by Rembrandt which it expects to fetch as much as 12 million pounds ($19 million).
The works, owned by the Dutch collectors and philanthropists Pieter and Olga Dreesmann, will go under the hammer in London on July 3 as part of the auctioneer’s old masters and British paintings evening sale.