Sunday, April 10, 2011

It's news

Gauguin Painting on Exhibit Harmed
National Gallery of art had an extreme incident last week. A woman visiting the gallery attacked a Gauguin painting of two bare-breasted Tahitian women Friday afternoon.

A security guard at the museum restrained the woman who was later detained. She was charged with destruction of property and theft.
The oil painting is on loan from the Met and is part of a Gauguin exhibit that runs through June 5.

The painting is among Gauguin's most popular, according to the National Gallery. A statement from the Gallery describes the painting as "Gauguin's mythical idea of Tahiti as a paradise of beautiful, mysterious women."

Who was the Mona Lisa?
Italian researchers said Tuesday they will dig up bones in a Florence convent to try to identify the remains of a Renaissance woman long believed to be the model for the "Mona Lisa." The research might help ascertain the identity of the woman depicted in Leonardo da Vinci's masterpiece.

Photo of Frank Stella during a presentation at the Toledo Museum of Arts
TOLEDO.- Frank Stella makes a point at the blackboard preceding the opening of Frank Stella: Irregular Polygons. An estimated crowd of 1,000 people attended the program. Photo: Andrew Weber.