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Old Master works by artists including Durer, Raphael, Rembrandt, Rubens and François Boucher will be coming to New York in 2017, some for the first time, in an exhibition of paintings and drawings from Sweden’s Nationalmuseum, the Morgan Library & Museum announced.

While it is closed for renovation the Nationalmuseum, in Stockholm, is lending 76 works – 14 paintings and 62 drawings — to the Morgan for a show scheduled to run Feb. 5-May 14, 2017.

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The Cincinnati Art Museum and the Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco announced Sublime Beauty: Raphael’s “Portrait of a Lady with a Unicorn.” This focused exhibition features one of Raphael’s most beguiling and enigmatic paintings. The masterpiece, presented in the United States for the first time, will come on loan from the Galleria Borghese in Rome, where it was first recorded in the collection in 1682.

It will be on view in Cincinnati from Oct. 3, 2015 – Jan. 3, 2016 and in San Francisco, Jan. 19 – April 10, 2016.

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Renaissance masterpieces, including a priceless painting by Raphael, are warping dramatically because of a failure to repair a broken air-conditioning system in one of Italy's best-known museums, experts warned on Thursday.

"The Deposition," painted by Raphael in 1507 and showing Christ being carried from the cross, is one of the paintings most at risk from humidity in the Borghese Gallery in Rome.

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There is something mysterious going on at Worcester Art Museum and one of the greatest painters in the history of the Western art is deeply involved.

It is a tale of two Madonnas, one by Raphael, the revered master of the High Renaissance, and the other by a mystery painter who aimed to imitate him and came pretty close. Washington's National Gallery of Art has loaned Raphael's "Small Cowper Madonna" to WAM, where it will be on view now through Sept. 27. Hanging next to the Raphael in a small gallery is the "Northbrook Madonna," a thematically and stylistically similar work that WAM has owned since the 1940s.

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The name Pieter Coecke van Aelst, though plenty illustrious-sounding, is not widely known — or at least, according to the curators behind his current exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, not nearly as well known as it ought to be. A Netherlandish artist-of-all-trades active in the early- to mid-16th century, Coecke was a contemporary of Raphael, supported the fledgling Pieter Bruegel the Elder (who would go on to marry Coecke’s daughter), and was collected competitively by King Henry VIII and Cosimo de Medici, among others. And still, he is often relegated to the annals of art history. The Met’s “Grand Design: Pieter Coecke van Aelst and Renaissance Tapestry,” on view through January 11, 2015, represents his first-ever major solo exhibition.

Of course, part of Coecke’s lesser notoriety may be connected to that of his primary medium.

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Tuesday, 23 September 2014 11:57

Museums Close After Violent Storm Hits Florence

Florence officials ordered the closure of many of the Tuscan city's museums on Friday, including the famed Uffizi Gallery, while technicians checked for damage after a particularly violent storm.

The museums house some of the greatest treasures of the Renaissance and the Uffizi is home to masterpieces by Fra Angelico, Boticelli, Raphael and others.

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A Renaissance masterpiece by Raphael has warped because the air conditioning in a Rome museum has not worked for six months, raising questions once again over Italy’s ability or willingness to look after its precious cultural heritage.

In the heat and humidity of the Italian summer, the High Renaissance master’s "Deposition," which shows Christ being carried from the cross, became deformed, forcing officials in the capital’s Galleria Borghese to place a dehumidifier next to the art work in an attempt to save it.

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According to Italian art critic and former undersecretary of cultural heritage Vittorio Sgarbi, writing in Corriere della Sera‘s magazine Sette, a painting currently attributed to the followers of 16th-century Florentine painter Giuliano Bugiardini may actually be by Raphael. The portrait of an unknown woman was snapped up by collector Peter Silverman at Dorotheum in Vienna on April 9 for €36,900 ($50,000), well over its €15,000–20,000 estimate ($20,000–27,000), and now he is trying to have its attribution changed to the master from Urbino, Le Figaro reports.

“Vittorio Sgarbi is the first to suggest an attribution to the master, Silverman says. Now I’m going to let the experts have their say and see if a consensus emerges. For my part, all that I can say with certainty is that my wife and I are very happy to own this magnificent portrait.”

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Salvatore Ferragamo said Monday it has pledged to donate 600,000 euros, or $826,140 at current exchange, to renovate eight rooms at the Uffizi Gallery in the Florence. The works should allow the museum to reopen the rooms within a year and display about 50 works dating back to the 15th century.

The Uffizi is home to many famous works such as Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” and “La Primavera”; Filippo Lippi’s “Madonna with Child and Two Angels”; Caravaggio’s “Bacchus”; and the recently restored “Madonna of the Goldfinch” by Raphael.

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Priceless masterpieces by Renaissance masters including Raphael, Titian and Caravaggio could be seriously damaged by excessive heat and humidity following the collapse of the air conditioning system at the Borghese Gallery in Rome.

The renowned gallery is one of Italy's most popular tourist attractions with more than 500,000 visitors a year, but appears to be the latest casualty from dramatic cuts in arts funding.

Anna Coliva, gallery director, said the air conditioning had broken down two months ago and precious art works were now facing serious risk.

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