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A Sign of the Times?

Artists were not permitted to sign their paintings in the fifteenth century. Even the subjects’ identities were disguised under a layer of flattering (or covertly unflattering) iconography. Anagrams, puns, links to family crests, and professed virtues linger under ambiguous titles … Continue reading

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Seeing Double

Leonardo painted two ‘Madonna of the Rocks,’ so why not two Mona Lisas? Provenance is sketchy, but amongst the many copies of the ‘Mona Lisa’ by Leonardo’s students and admirers, one stands out as a possible second ‘Lisa.’ Spectro cameras … Continue reading

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