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Research Exposes Hidden Figure Beneath Picasso Painting

Posted on 06/17/2014 by |AARP Blog Author | Comments

Your LifeArt experts have found a depiction of a man hidden behind the surface of Pablo Picasso’s 1901 masterpiece “The Blue Room,” the Associated Press reports. The five-year study — by scientists and curators from the Phillips Collection, National Gallery of Art, Cornell University and Delaware’s Winterthur Museum — uncovered an expressionless bearded man dressed in a jacket resting his head on his hand. But who is it? And why did Picasso paint over him? No one yet knows. >> Sign up …

A Gift to the Nation — Tables, Chairs, a Priceless Legacy of Art

Posted on 10/8/2012 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

EntertainmentLinda Kaufman, and her late husband George Kaufman grew up in Norfolk, Va. So did their parents. The Kaufmans developed a passion for collecting early American furniture of the 18th and early 19th centuries, much of which she has promised to the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. Mrs. Kaufman modestly calls her collection  “some tables and chairs” but the National Gallery of Art, which will house and display them, brags that the pieces comprise “one of the largest …

Herbert Vogel: The Mail Clerk Who Loved — and Lived for — Modern Art

Posted on 07/23/2012 by |Who's News | Comments

LegacyThe term “art collector” conjures up the image of a billionaire industrialist, decorating the walls of his mansion with Van Goghs and Picassos. You’re less likely to think of a postal worker whose tiny rent-controlled Manhattan apartment was crammed with edgy, visionary post-World War II minimalist and conceptual works, much of it purchased inexpensively from the era’s great artists back when they were still unknowns. Herbert Vogel, who passed away yesterday at age 89 in New York City, may not …