Art News – weekly round-up

  • 28 February 2014

The Seeger collection goes on sale, a royal gallery sets to reopen and a lost portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie is discovered – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Vermeer's Girl with a Pearl Earring will return to The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague this June

Curious Seeger collection goes on sale

Sotheby’s is set to sell 1,000 items from the late Stanley J Seeger’s eclectic collection. The Telegraph reports that items include Orson Welles' working draft of Citizen Kane, Al Capone’s cocktail shaker and even a claret jug from the Titanic. Sotheby’s expert David MacDonald told The Guardian that Seeger was one of the greatest post-war collectors, owning works by Pablo Picasso and Francis Bacon, but that ‘this is his private world, this is the ultimate kunstkammer [cabinet of curiosities]’.

Pearl and Goldfinch return home

After a multimillion-euro overhaul, The Mauritshuis Royal Picture Gallery in The Hague will reopen after two years. The Independent reports that this will see the return of two prized paintings, Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring and The Goldfinch, by Carel Fabritius. The collection also includes work by Rubens, Jan Steen and Rembrandt.

By royal appointment

The Times and The Evening Standard both featured The Duchess of Cambridge’s special viewing of the £12.5 million Van Dyck self-portrait this week. The National Portrait Gallery has just been given five more months to save the iconic painting and has already raised more than £3.5 million with the Art Fund.

Bonnie portrait uncovered

A lost portrait of Bonnie Prince Charlie has been discovered. Painted by Allan Ramsay in Edinburgh, late October 1745, it is believed to be the only known portrait of Charles by a Scottish artist and produced in Scotland. According to The Times the accolade was originally bestowed upon a painting at the Scottish National Gallery, but in 2008 it was proved to actually depict his brother Henry.

And finally…

A new museum dedicated to footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has opened in his hometown of Funchal, on the island of Madeira. The Independent states that The Museu CR7 contains every trophy he has ever won.