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Panama Papers & the Art of Secrecy

The Art of SecrecyLocked in the files of a Panama law firm are the answers to mysteries involving
Van Goghs, Picassos, Rembrandts and other Masterworks.

In this story
Panama Papers provides unprecedented look at connection between international art trade and offshore secrecy
Billionaire art dealers use offshore company to shield painting allegedly looted by Nazis
Identity revealed of the man secretly behind the 20th century’s most important modern art auction

After a chance discovery, the grandson of a Jewish art dealer learned that a valuable painting he believed the Nazis had looted from his grandfather might now be in the hands of one of the art world’s most influential families. Proving it has been another matter. The work, by Italian artist Amedeo Modigliani, is known as “Seated Man with a Cane.” Modigliani, a young, impoverished alcoholic, died of tuberculosis almost a century ago; his paintings today sell for as much as $170 million. The portrait of a dapper man with a mustache perch…

A Long-Lost Version of Caravaggio.

A Long-Lost Version of Caravaggio's 'Judith Beheading Holofernes' Possibly Found in France.
The second, long-lost version of Caravaggio's Judith Beheading Holofernes might have been rediscovered in the hands of private owners in France, Le Quotidien de l'art reports. Caravaggio painted two versions of the biblical scene in which Judith beheads the Assyrian general Holofernes to defend her beleaguered city. The first version, painted in Rome, is currently on display at the National Gallery of Ancient Art, at Pallazo Barberini. However, the second version, which was painted in Naples, has been missing without a trace since the early 17th century, according to Le Figaro. While the authenticity of the painting found in France is still being established, the Ministry of Culture has already placed a preemptive ban on its exit from the country, following interest reportedly expressed by an unnamed American museum to acquire the masterpiece, A statement from the Minstry of…

A New Discovery !