December 25, 2011 |
Geraldine James' face — those high cheekbones, sky-blue eyes and, what one London theater critic called her "Titian locks" — might look vaguely familiar. James is 61 now but still recognizable as Sarah Layton, the pivot point and conscience of "The Jewel in the Crown. " The 14-part "Masterpiece Theater" drama on the last days of British rule in India drew wide acclaim and a huge U.S. audience when it aired in 1984, thrusting the then-thirtysomething actress to the top rank of her profession.
July 12, 2009 |
Suits of armor were once so finely wrought that an attacking lance would glance off their smooth metal harmlessly. But then, as the Middle Ages moved into the Renaissance, European kings demanded that the craftsmen finish the armor with elaborate decoration. All the engraving and embossing upset the surface of the armor. A lance would no longer slip away. But that did not matter.
December 24, 2008 |
London's National Gallery and the National Galleries of Scotland, which are campaigning to buy a $73.7-million Titian painting for the U.K. national collections, said they would announce the outcome in January. "There has been very good progress in both fundraising and the negotiation of terms for this important acquisition," the museums said in a press release Tuesday. "Our efforts to bring the campaign to a successful conclusion continue, and we will not be making any further announcements until January."
December 21, 2008 |
L.A.'s reticence about respecting the history of art produced in Southern California seemed to turn a corner in 2008. Ambitious and provocative exhibitions at venues large and small were joined by insightful publications and a documentary, "The Cool School." A batch of coordinated shows, scheduled for 2011, at 15 area institutions to explore postwar historical developments was also announced by the Getty Foundation, which is making $2.8 million in grants for the effort, on top of the $2.7 million already awarded to museums and libraries for archival work.
August 29, 2008 |
A British aristocrat is offering two public art galleries a $92-million bargain -- a Renaissance painting by the Italian artist Titian that has been on display in Britain for 200 years but now could be sold overseas. "Diana and Actaeon," one of Titian's greatest works, is estimated to be worth $275 million on the open market. Its owner, the duke of Sutherland, has offered it to major public galleries for a third of that price. The National Galleries of Scotland and London's National Gallery launched a public appeal Thursday for funds to buy the painting.
August 29, 2006 |
A painting displayed at the College of William and Mary in Williamsburg, Va., will be included next month in a Paris museum's show of great portraits by the Italian Renaissance master Titian. The owners of the oil portrait of the Duke of Mantua, dating to 1539 or 1540, hope the trip could restore the work's tarnished reputation and add tens of millions of dollars to its market value.