A Dutch still-life painting, stolen by retreating Nazis and sent by a German soldier as a present to his wife, came back to a Florence museum, thanks largely to a relentless campaign by the Uffizi Galleries’ director, a German.
The ominous imagery of Vincent van Gogh's 'Wheatfield with Crows' (1890) practically paints the image of the Dutch artist's final days on earth. Blackbirds haunt the darkening sky above the dust-ridden farmland — a literal murder of crows who portentously circle above the famed painter's one-eared head. "This is the last picture that Van Gogh painted before he killed himself," wrote John Berger in the opening pages of his magnum opus, 'Ways of Seeing'.
Eight-year-old Iranian student Soheil Ahmadipour by drawing a happy and active rural life where men and women work together to make the best use of land, water and soil, and produce most of their needs won the First Award of the FAO’s Painting Competition on the occasion of World Food Day 2017.
A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci was sold for a record 450 million US dollars (380 million euros), including fees, at auction on Wednesday, obliterating previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately.