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The organizers of the Naples exhibition “Take Four” credit Artemisia Gentileschi with a brand-new quartet of pieces


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20 Artists make three-minute films inspired by the Paris museum


Twenty contemporary artists have created videos, some with mobile phones, for a new contemporary art initiative inspired by the Musée du Louvre called Louvre appearance. The videos, which last three minutes and thirty seconds, are posted weekly on the Louvre’s digital platforms, including its Instagram account, which has nearly five million followers. According to a statement from the Louvre, the artists – working with film crews or their own mobile phones, at night or during visiting hours, using digital means or focusing on their personal connection to the works – created a polyphonic portrait of the Louvre as life and public have returned to the museum”. The project will mark the museum’s 230th anniversary in 2023. “Each work is remarkable in its own way, highlighting the specificity of a unique artistic engagement with the museum. What is even more striking is the diversity of the responses: they touch on questions, works, sensitivities, but each with a very personal feeling. That’s what we aimed for when choosing the artists, and they did the rest,” said Donatien Grau, head of the contemporary program at the Louvre. Read more on Art Newspaper.

Ancient site of Petra reopens after flash flooding

Video of flash floods in iconic #Petra in Jordan today, a world heritage site. Tourists have been evacuated, and a number of casualties reported in area: pic.twitter.com/kJIzQ6Paqn

— Joyce Karam (@Joyce_Karam) December 26, 2022

Tourist routes have reopened at the ancient site of Petra in southern Jordan after flash floods engulfed the Unesco world heritage site earlier this week. A video posted on social media by Joyce Karam from the Middle Eastern news website Al-Monitor shows water cascading down cliffs, turning into a river of mud in the walkways of the popular tourist destination. A spokesman for the Petra Development and Tourism Region Authority, says: “The site is in the best condition and tourists have been entering the site as usual since yesterday morning [27 December]. On Monday we had 1,790 tourists, [on] Tuesday around 3,000 tourists and today [28 December] a little more.” In a statement posted on Facebook, authority officials add that they are “periodically maintaining the early-alarm [floods] system and operate about nine monitoring stations that measure the height of the water”. New aerial observation stations are due to be installed at appropriate locations in the Petra region. Details on Art Newspaper.

Naples exhibition curators attribute a new quartet of works to Artemisia Gentileschi


The organisers of an exhibition exploring Artemisia Gentileschi’s time in Naples have attributed four works to the 17th-century artist, transforming the art historical canon of arguably Europe’s greatest female Old Master. The exhibition curators, Giuseppe Porzio and Antonio Ernesto Denunzio, have given full attributions to four works on loan from public and private collections in the US and UK, fuelling the ongoing debate around how Gentileschi jointly created works with other key artists working in Naples during her lifetime. The exhibition at Gallerie d’Italia in Naples, Artemisia Gentileschi in Naples (until 19 March), includes 21 works reflecting the artist’s output in the southern Italian city between 1630 and 1654. It explores the extent of her collaborations with artists such as Bernardo Cavallino, Micco Spadaro (also known as Domenico Gargiulo) and Onofrio Palumbo. The painting Triumph of Galatea (around 1650) is on loan from the National Gallery of Art (NGA) in Washington, DC. The NGA website states that Cavallino created the work. However, Porzio says that “it is a work by Artemisia created with the extensive participation of Bernardo Cavallino. The caption [in the Naples show] only mentions Artemisia’s name, as we believe that she is the owner of the commission and the creator of the composition”, adding that “in the catalogue entry the question of collaboration between the two artists is clearly spelled out”. More on Magzoid magazine.

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