Today Pope Benedict XVI announced to the world that he would be resigning and stepping down from his Pontiff role as of February 28, 2013. You might wonder what this trending news has to do with art. The fact is that when the pope steps down, the process to select a new leader of the Catholic Church will begin and Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel will play a role. When the College of Cardinals meets to select a successor to the current pope the meeting is referred to as a papal conclave. Following several long vacancies of the pope’s position, Pope Gregory X, in 1274, declared that the cardinals should be locked …..
In March 2012, a mysterious piece of artwork–discovered in the town of Otterlo, Netherlands, “Still Life with Meadow Flowers and Roses” was under scrutiny since 1974 – has finally been proven an artwork by Van Gogh. Housed at the Kroeller-Mueller Museum, magnetic imaging made it possible for art connoisseurs to validate its authenticity. Other collections by the legendary Dutch artist Van Gogh, have commanded values in the millions. As was the case with “Portrait of Dr. Gachet” went for $82.5 million; “Sunflowers” sold for $39.9 million; and “Irises” was bought for $53.9 million. (Source: CNN.com). On the contrary, the discovery of Van Gogh’s new found work is timed with Google’s newest release of its …..