April 16, 2011
Investigators have recovered stolen masterpieces by two of Spain's most revered artists: Goya and El Greco, Spanish police said Friday. The oil-on-canvas works, Goya's 18th century "The Apparition of the Virgin of Pilar" and El Greco's 16th century "The Annunciation," were stolen 14 years ago after an exhibition tour. Works by these painters are highly valued and most are kept in museums such as Madrid's Prado. However, these two were privately owned when stolen. They were found in a private house near the southeastern city of Alicante, a police statement said.
December 9, 2004 |
A riotously profane picture of inebriated villagers by Pieter Brueghel the Younger that has not been seen in public for 70 years sold for $7.15 million in London on Wednesday. "The Kermesse of St. George," described by Sotheby's as the finest work by the 17th century Flemish artist still in private hands, was sold to an anonymous bidder. It had been in the hands of a Belgian family since 1930.
November 30, 2003 |
Among the Old Masters, none is more immediately recognizable than El Greco. We may think we can spot a Rembrandt, but Dutch scholars have lately told us we're mistaken. Michelangelo, Caravaggio, Poussin, Vermeer, Rubens -- the names evoke vivid images, ways of painting unique to each artist, yet all had contemporaries or imitators only the specialist can set apart. It is true that problems of attribution can arise with respect to El Greco.
June 22, 1999 |
Historical curiosities don't often become cultural milestones--but a triumphant exception graced the stage of the Orange County Performing Arts Center on Saturday and Sunday afternoon. A year ago, the Royal Swedish Ballet premiered a program reconstructing four lost works of the Ballets Suedois, a Paris-based company that existed only from 1920 to 1925 and is now remembered solely for its innovative designs and scores.
May 14, 1995 |
He was just a stick figure then, a skinny teen-ager with a shock of black hair who had never fought in a real bullfight. He called himself Jesulin, or "Little Jesus," and looked about 13 years old. When we saw him step onto the sand wearing a suit of lights like a party costume, we figured it must be a joke. I had brought my American friends to the bullring in Ronda, a strikingly romantic town of 22,000 in the mountains above the Costa del Sol, for a taste of quintessential Spain.
June 1, 1992 |
El Record: A painting by El Greco was sold for $3.42 million at an auction of Spanish art in Christie's in London, a record sum for works by the 15th-Century artist. On Friday, "The Disrobing of Christ" surpassed the previous $2.74 million record for an El Greco painting set in 1990.