After banning vendors near tourist traps like the Colosseum, Roman government officials are now fiercely regulating the number of street artists allowed to hawk their paintings to visiting sightseers. Permits will be handed out according to technical skill, to be judged by a panel of experts. [The Art Newspaper]
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Amazon today withdrew the controversial new book Young Caravaggio–One Hundred Rediscovered Works, which published 1,000 images of the works of Caravaggio and, among them, the “findings” of the two Italian scholars who made the jaw-dropping claim of having found 100 new works by the Renaissance master while sifting through an archive in a castle in Milan, The Telegraph reports. While it’s unclear why Amazon dropped the book, what is clear is that there are growing doubts among art scholars over the claims, which were never peer-reviewed. It turns out that other scholars have seen these works before and not one has ever identified them as the work of Caravaggio. Furthermore, serious scholars apparently don’t publish their findings via e-book.
In what has to be one of the most remarkable coincidences in art criticism in recent memory, two New York Times writers, art reporter Randy Kennedy and architecture critic Michael Kimmelman, have both filed essays on their love for Caravaggio in the past week.