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Salvador Mundi by Leonardo Da Vinci

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One of the most rare and lavish gifts from an art museum to the public will be unveiled later this year at the Louvre Abu DhabiSalvador Mundi , by Leonardo Da Vinci, sold last year at Christie's New York for a record  $459.3 million on a bid from Saudi Prince Bader bin Abdullah bin Mohammed bin Farhan Al Saud on behalf of the Abu Dhabi Department of Culture and Tourism. It will be exhibited until October 24, 2019, after which time it will be loaned to the Musee du Louvre in Paris. It will return to the Louvre Abu Dhabi on February 24, 2020.

Chairman of the Abu Dhabi Culture Department, Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak, and graduate of Northwestern University, remarked that Salvador Mundi, which has been hidden from view for so long, "Is now our gift to the world - it belongs to all of us."Mohamed Khalifa Al Mubarak

The Louvre Abu Dhabi is a universal museum that enables visitors to experience art in a new light. Masterworks by many of the world's greatest artists, including Da Vinci, are on display, revealing threads of creativity that connect diverse cultures across thousands of years.

Louvre Abu Dhabi

Flea Market

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Ir's time to enjoy some of the best upcoming antique and art exhibits across the country. Whether you are an avid collector or simply looking to find a few unique accent pieces for your home, here are some of the best art and antique shows in July featuring something for almost everyone. Throw on some sunglasses and head out on a treasure quest!

July 1: Alameda, CA
Alameda Point Antiques Faire
2900 Navy Way

July 4: Tiverton, RI
Tiverton Four Corners Antiques Show
3852 Main Road

July 5-9: Palmer, MA
Marier's Pre-Brimfield Antiques & Flea Market
Route 20

July 6-8: Boxboro, MA
Summer Northeast Comic Con
Regency Hotel
Route 111 at Route 495
Fri. 4-8; Sat.n 10-6; Sun 10-5

July 6-14: Brimfield, MA
27th Brimfield Paper & Postcard Marathon
Route 20

July 7-8: Kenner, LA
NDGA 44th Annual Convention & Vintage, Decorative & Collectibles Glass Show & Sale
Ponchartrain Center
Sat. 10-5; Sun. 11-4

July 7-8: Grayslake, IL
Grayslake Antique Flea Market
Grand Expo Hall Lake County fairgrounds
Sat. 9-4; Sun. 9-3

July 8: Milan, Ohio
Mid-Summer Antiques Fest
Main Street Village Square

July 10-15: Brimfield, MA
Brimfield Antique Week
Route 20

Rodin in His Studio

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This month Find Art Experts sat down with one of our clients, art collector and enthusiast, Allan Harvey, to discuss his passion for the art of Rodin and his vision for a private art museum:

Find Art Experts:

When did your passion for art begin?

Allan Harvey:

My interest in art began with an elective Post-Impressionist art class I took in college. Although I had little or no expectations, it ironically proved to be my favorite collegiate course in undergraduate school. From this modest beginning, I was later exposed to a multitude of world-class art museums throughout Europe, while traveling during an elective year in medical school   

Find Art Experts:

When did you start collecting Rodin?

Allan Harvey:

After launching a successful business in my late 20’s, I began to have the resources to purchase significant art which launched my collection of Rodin sculptures. Over the years I have been able to collect a multitude of works by Rodin including his bronze sculptures, plasters, terra cottas and associated artworks which include works of art on paper, manuscripts, and photographs. I have been  honored to have these works requested by museums in Texas, California, Oregon, and the Musee Rodin in Paris. It is my desire to continue to share artworks with public institutions on a request basis

Find Art Experts:

What draws you to the work of Rodin?

Allan Harvey:

What intrigues me is how Rodin transformed his study of the classic, fragmentary elements of Greek sculpture into a new expressivity that established his career as the father of modern sculpture

Thuraya Al-Baqsami

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When Find Art Experts recently traveled to the Middle East, we were were interested to determine whether or not there was any truth to the Western notion that women in the Arab world are oppressed and given little opportunity for artistic self-expression. We found instead that Arab women artists are doing great works. Here is one important Arabic female artist that caught our attention:

Thuraya Al-Baqsami was born in Kuwait in 1951. In 1956, Thuraya was sent to the Choueifat boarding school in Lebanon, however she returned to Kuwait as a civil war broke out in Lebanon in 1958.

In 1974 she moved to Moscow. She enrolled in the Surikov Institute – one of Russia’s most renowned art universities – and eventually completed her Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees there. Her exposure to a Russian art training was extremely beneficial. She was taught that being an artist was a profession, and that she should view her work as legitimate labor, a revolutionary idea for her at the time. Having that mindset lit a spark, and motivated her to tackle her work with a much more dedicated attitude. It is here that she learned various graphic print-making techniques – namely lithograph and linocut – that greatly affected her creative output. Later in life, her work became best known for these graphic techniques, which were virtually unheard of in the Arab world. 

Her work presents a strong voice in the region, one that does not bow down to the societal and political pressures it faced and continues to face. Her idiosyncratic background and multi-cultural exposure creates a mélange of histories, concepts and forms in her works that are still ever changing and evolving today.

No to The Invasion, 1990

Funeral, 1985

Three Billboards Outside Abu Dhabi

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Three Billboards Outside Abu Dhabi - An Art Gallery on a Highway in the Middle of the Desert

When Find Art Experts attended the Art Dubai international art fair several weeks ago, we also decided to plan a road trip and drive from Dubai straight to the newly opened Louvre Abu Dhabi. We quickly discovered that along the way there was no need to play any road-trip games like the childhood favorite, "I Spy" to keep us entertained.

Much to our delight and amazement, a drive-by "highway gallery" sits in the middle of the desert alongside the 85-mile stretch of busy road en route from Dubai to Abu Dhabi.  Before arriving at our destination at the Louvre Adu Dhabi, we were able to view three important works from the museum collection showcased on 30 by 20 foot billboards. We didn't have to squint an eye to see masterworks such as, Vincent van Gogh's Self Portrait,  the sarcophagus of Egyptian princess, Henuttaway, or Piet Mondrian's Composition With Blue, Red, Yellow and Black. To enhance the experience, you can tune into Emarat FM (95.8 FM) to hear a 30 second description of each work of art from a curator. All this without even shelling out a single dirham!

highway gallery
highway gallery
highway gallery

This initiative, in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism, was created "to reinforce the role of art in elevating everyday life into something beautiful and memorable." #findartexperts #louvreabudhabi  #highwaygallery  #artdubai

Five Ladies of the Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Five Ladies of the Louvre Abu Dhabi: A Female Focus in the First Universal Museum in the Arab World

When Find Art Experts visited the recently opened Louvre Abu Dhabi, one striking observation was how women play an integral role in the pieces on display. Featured throughout the 600 pieces shown, women can be viewed in a variety of forms- painted in exquisite portraiture, encased in sarcophagi, and formed in sculpture.

La Belle Ferronnaire - one of Leonardo da Vinci's less than twenty known surviving paintings - is among the high-profile loans made to the museum. This masterpiece by da Vinci was the first artwork that the Abu Dhabi and Cultural Authority, Musee du Louvre and Agence France-Museums announced would be loaned to the Louvre Abu Dhabi from the Louvre in Paris during its first year in operation.  La Belle Ferronnaire  is one of the many 'Ladies of the Louvre' Abu Dhabi worth viewing when visiting the museum. This masterpiece by da Vinci will soon be joined by another work by the master, the highly anticipated and recently acquired, Salvador Mundi, which will be unveiled as part of the museum’s permanent collection. 

The Louvre Abu Dhabi provides a fascinating link between Leonardo, and Bellini, a painter whose technique he admired. Madonna and Child  is an oil on panel painted between 1480 and 1485. Considered the father of Renaissance painting, Bellini specialized in devotional paintings. This piece, another 'Lady of the Louvre,' depicts the Christ child sitting on a parapet atop the Madonna's scarlet robes, gazing up at her as she looks lovingly down on him, her hands in prayer position.

Another female subject, on loan to Louvre Abu Dhabi from the Collection Centre Pompidou, is Albert Giacometti's Standing Woman II, circa 1959-1960.  With it's rough surface and elongated frame, the Surrealist Swiss artist's figure embodies one of his traditional subject matters - the unclothed female form.

The Egyptian princess Henuttaway is among the works from ancient Egypt in the form of a sarcophagus which dates to the latter half of the 10th century B.C. A curator explained the great care and attention given to the delicate features of the princess's face, with her painted open eyes still watching us across the millennia.

In the permanent collection, an air of mystery and allure surrounds a distinctive 4,000 year-old sculpture discovered in modern day Afghanistan. The Bactrain Princess is strangely beautiful, but also strangely alien. She wears a woven dress carved out of soft stone, with her handless arms outstretched, an ivory mask-like face, and sharply outlined, oval eyes staring back at us. It is believed the Bactrain Princess was used as part of a religious ritual - perhaps a funeral.

At Find Art Experts, we believe it is important to know and be curious about the roles of women. The way in which women are depicted in art from modern societies to ancient civilizations across the world furthers this fundamental understanding. The Louvre Abu Dhabi shares with the visitor a rare glimpse into the female focus of world art through the ages.   #louvreabudhabi    #findartexperts   #ladiesofthelouvre   

Louvre Abu Dhabi

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Find Art Experts was honored to receive a personal invitation to attend a presentation by Emirati and French representatives of the Louvre Abu Dhabi, entitled: A Unique Cross-Cultural Collaboration

Louvre Abu Dhabi was born from a unique intergovernmental agreement between the United Arab Emirates and France. The agreement embodies a vision shared by France and Abu Dhabi to develop the first universal museum in the Arab world, as described in this video by Emirati and French representatives.

As per the intergovernmental agreement, Louvre Abu Dhabi has invaluable access to expertise and training from 17 French partner institutions, as well as loans of 300 significant works from 13 leading French art museums, such as: Musee du Louvre, Centre Pompidou, Musee d’Orsay, Musee Rodin, Chateau de Versailles, among many other prominent museums. These include masterpieces representing civilizations and artistic movements from significant moments in global human history, including ancient Egypt, the Roman Empire, ancient Chinese dynasties, Africa, the Renaissance, and the Impressionists and Modernists. Many of these works are displayed in Abu Dhabi for the very first time, including Leonardo da Vinci’s seminal work La Belle Ferronniere on loan from Musee du Louvre, and the highly anticipated and recently acquired, Salvador Mundi, which will soon be unveiled as part of the museum’s permanent collection. #LouvreAbuDhabi #FindArtExperts #globalart

At the Auction

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Because the art world offers so many delightful things to look at, spending money is easy. However, the ease of buying can disguise the challenges of selling.

Most top notch auction houses only want to sell works by artists with proven names. Conversely, artists without a proven track record, or those who have fallen off the radar, will not be considered. Other than the handful of proven blue-chip artists whose works regularly appear at auction, most of the rest sells for far less. Galleries are usually reluctant to resell works they have already sold, because they typically make more money selling a new work by the same artist.

Due to the fact that selling art can often be a complicated and nuanced process, those without privileged access may be at a significant disadvantage.

Consult our expert directory at to find accurate, trustworthy answers to all of your art market questions.


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