TIME Fine Art

These Statues of Naked Men Riding Panthers May Be Michelangelo’s Only Surviving Bronze Sculptures

Michelangelo Bronzes discovered by Fitzwilliam Museum and University of Cambridge
Fitzwilliam Museum/EPA Two bronzes allegedly created by Italian sculptor Michelangelo provided by the Fitzmuseum and University of Cambridge on Feb. 2, 2015.

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge will unveil the art Tuesday

A British museum plans to unveil two sculptures this week that it believes to be Michelangelo’s only surviving bronze statues.

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge believes that the iconic artist created the bronze figures, depicting two muscular men riding panthers, directly following his completion of David and prior to the Sistine Chapel. The orphan statues had been previously attributed to various sculptors until Cambridge art history professor Paul Joannides noticed a tiny detail that has been attributed to Michelangelo.

Museum officials remain hesitant to definitively attribute the statues to Michelangelo.

Keeper of Fitzwilliam Museum’s applied arts, Victoria Avery, told the Guardian that even though the pieces are clearly masterpieces, “You have to be pretty brave to even contemplate that they could be work by an artist of the magnificence and fame and importance of Michelangelo. We decided to be rather cautious, to be very careful and methodical. … Nobody wants to be shot down and to look like an idiot.”



Seattle and New England Art Museums Make the Most High-Brow Super Bowl Bet Ever

Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910), West Point, Prout’s Neck, 1900. Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 x 48 1/8 in. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.7
Mike Agee—Clark Art Institute/Seattle Art Museum Winslow Homer (American, 1836–1910), West Point, Prout’s Neck, 1900. Oil on canvas, 30 1/16 x 48 1/8 in. Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts, 1955.7

These two paintings are on the line

This goes way beyond your office Super Bowl pool.

A pair of upper-crust art museums have made themselves a little painting wager over Sunday’s game: If Russell Wilson and his Seahawks win, then the Clark Art Institute of Williamstown, Mass., will have to fork over West Point, Prout’s Neck by Winslow Homer to the Seattle Art Museum for three months. Should Tom Brady and the New England Patriots come out on top, then Clark gets its hands on SAM’s Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast by Albert Bierstadt.

Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast by Albert Bierstadt
Howard Gisk—Clark Art InstituteAlbert Bierstadt (German, 1830–1902), Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast, 1870. Oil on canvas, 52 1/2 x 82 in. Seattle Art Museum, Gift of the Friends of American Art at the Seattle Art Museum, with additional funds from the General Acquisition Fund, 2000.70

SAM Director Kim Rorschach told Artnews she wasn’t worried about Seattle’s odds.

“Look what happened in the championship game, how we pulled that out,” she said. “I’m totally confident that the Seahawks will prevail, no question in my mind.”

Correction: The original story incorrectly stated the owner of two artworks. The Clark Art Institute owns West Point, Prout’s Neck. The Seattle Art Museum owns Puget Sound on the Pacific Coast.


TIME People

L.A. Artist Will Tattoo Your Name on Her Body for $10

It will take an estimated 60 hours to complete the tattooing

An artist in Los Angeles will tattoo your name on her body for $10.

Illma Gore is conducting a social experiment and wants to cover her whole body, from the neck down, in tattoos for an art exhibition, ABC reports.

For $10 you can have your name or a few words inked onto her skin, but for $100 you can even add a small picture to the 22-year-old.

So far she has raised $6,319 in three days, already beating her initial target of $6,000.

“There is something absurd and beautiful about having an accumulation of absolute strangers names draped over my pale goth skin, even if half of them are ‘Penis Butt,’” she says on her GoFundMe page.

TIME Culture

See These Never Before Seen Artworks by Andy Warhol

The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts has donated thousands of works to institutions around the world in the past two years

The world still hasn’t seen the last of Andy Warhol. The foundation in his name announced Tuesday that late last year it had completed its third and final major round of gifts, including many previously unseen works from the pop art pioneer.

“People have been wondering if there’s anything by Andy Warhol still left to be seen,” Joel Wachs, president of the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts, said in a statement. “The answer will soon be coming to a place that was very special in Andy’s worldview: everywhere. Although for the most part these gifts are by nature similar to works that have previously been exhibited, these materials are all original, they are all emerging from storage for the first time and they are going to be all over the map.”

Since acquiring a massive collection of Warhol’s work following his death in 1987, the foundation has donated more than 52,786 works to 322 institutions around the world. The first round of donations established the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh, which opened in 1994. A second round of gifts, consisting of thousands of photograph given to almost 200 American university art museums, celebrated the foundation’s 20th anniversary.

This third and final round consists of 14,847 works that went to institutions including Stanford University’s Cantor Arts Center, which received his entire archive of photographic negatives and contact sheets, as well as the Whitney Museum of American Art, the Museum of Contemporary Art Tokyo and the Tel Aviv Museum of Art.

TIME movies

This Artist Is Creating a New Star Wars Comic For Each Day in 2015

In anticipation of the new film

With almost a year until the release of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, fans are doing what they can to cope.

To help satiate people’s Star Wars thirst, artist Gerard Folz has decided to tweet out one themed comic a day throughout 2015.

It’s a pretty big task. May the force be with him.

(h/t: MTV)


Google’s Christmas Doodle Feels Your Holiday Travel Pain


The short animation celebrates the lengths we travel for family

Getting to loved ones during the holidays isn’t always easy.

Google feels your pain, so for its Christmas Day doodle, the company made a short animated tribute to all the ways travelers find a way home — by car boat, plane, skateboard, snowboard, subway, camel or even a school bus. Sometimes you have to brave the elements, and sometimes you have to brave a sea of inattentive pedestrians texting and walking at the same time.

Check out the adorable clip on Google’s homepage.

TIME Crime

9 Paintings in Big L.A. Art Heist Are Recovered

Authorities were tipped off about a man in Europe soliciting buyers

Court documents show local and federal authorities have recovered nine works of art that were stolen during a 2008 California heist, one of the largest in Los Angeles history.

Los Angeles police and the FBI launched an undercover operation after being tipped off in September about a man in Europe who was said to be soliciting buyers for the art, which was valued at $10 million but going for $700,000, the Los Angeles Times reports. The works recovered include Diego Rivera’s “Peasants” and a piece by Marc Chagall. They were among a dozen stolen from the home of a wealthy real estate investor in August 2008; three were still missing as of Dec. 1.

Raul Espinoza, 45, was charged with one count of receiving stolen property following the October bust and being held on $5 million bail. He pleaded not guilty at an arraignment on Oct. 27.

[Los Angeles Times]

TIME photography

This Is Officially the Most Expensive Photo Ever

Peter Lik's Phantom photo was sold for an unprecedented $6.5 million and is the most expensive photograph in history.
Peter Lik—PRNewsFoto Peter Lik's Phantom photo was sold for an unprecedented $6.5 million and is the most expensive photograph in history.

Photographer Peter Lik has sold a print for a cool $6.5 million

Australian landscaper photographer Peter Lik has set a new world record after a private unnamed collector purchased one of his photos for an unprecedented $6.5 million.

The black-and-white image, called “Phantom,” was taken in Arizona’s Antelope Canyon, the Guardian reports. The record for most expensive photo ever sold was previously held by Andreas Gursky’s “Rhein II.” In 2011, it sold for $4.3 million.

Read next: TIME Picks the Top 10 Photos of 2014

TIME celebrities

Shia LaBeouf Says He Was Raped During a Performance Art Project

Shia LaBeouf
Joel Ryan—Invision/AP Shia LaBeouf poses for photographers at a film premiere in London, Oct. 19, 2014.

The actor and performance artist opened up in an email interview about a traumatic experience during his exhibit #IAmSorry

Back in February, Shia LaBeouf staged his #IAmSorry performance art exhibit in a Los Angeles gallery where people were able to enter a room alone with the actor and do and say whatever they wished as he sat silently wearing a paper bag over his head that read: “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.”

The project resulted in a traumatic experience for the actor which he has revealed in an email interview with Dazed Digital. When asked if anything “unsettling” had taken place during the performance, LaBeouf answered:

One woman who came with her boyfriend, who was outside the door when this happened, whipped my legs for ten minutes and then stripped my clothing and proceeded to rape me… There were hundreds of people in line when she walked out with dishevelled hair and smudged lipstick. It was no good, not just for me but her man as well. On top of that my girl was in line to see me, because it was Valentine’s Day and I was living in the gallery for the duration of the event – we were separated for five days, no communication. So it really hurt her as well, as I guess the news of it travelled through the line. When she came in she asked for an explanation, and I couldn’t speak, so we both sat with this unexplained trauma silently. It was painful.

It’s unclear if LaBeouf has reported the assault to authorities.


TIME Holidays

See How Picasso, van Gogh and Other Famous Artists Would Serve a Thanksgiving Meal

Hannah Rothstein

Turkey, graving and stuffing get a complete makeover in this series by a California-based artist

When it comes to serving a successful meal, everybody knows that it’s all about presentation.

With that in mind, San Francisco-based artist Hannah Rothstein decided to create 10 versions of a similar meal, all in the styles of famous artists. But Rothstein, who makes everything from paintings and illustrations to jewelry and murals, had never worked with food before, so this idea was totally new for her.

“It was kind of one of those out of the blue moments, like a lot of moments of inspiration and creativity,” Rothstein tells TIME. She initially planned to do a series of illustrations imitating different artists’ brushstrokes, but realized that was “incredibly boring” and not particularly creative. But soon, a better idea came to her. “Thanksgiving had been on my mind, so that popped into my head, and I thought, ‘Oh! Thanksgiving food!'”

Rothstein settled on 10 artists who all had distinct and recognizable styles – like Piet Mondrian, pictured above. Some artists’ styles were fairly straightforward to recreate, but others, like Georges Seurat, who’s best known for his use of pointillism, required incredibly fastidious work, Rothstein said.

Want to hang one of these on your dining room wall? Rothstein is selling 25 signed prints of each photo and donating 10 percent of the proceeds to the SF-Marin Food Bank.

“I really love making art and I think bringing beauty into the world is important, but in many ways I find art to be a selfish act,” Rothstein says. “So for this, it made sense to donate to the food bank to help people who couldn’t afford their own Thanksgiving meals to have one.”

Check out all the plates – including an especially surprising one at the end.

Piet Mondrian:

Hannah Rothstein

René Magritte:

Hannah Rothstein

Mark Rothko:

Hannah Rothstein

Vincent van Gogh:

Hannah Rothstein

Pablo Picasso:

Hannah Rothstein

Jackson Pollock:

Hannah Rothstein

Julian Schnabel:

Hannah Rothstein

Georges Seurat:

Hannah Rothstein

Andy Warhol:

Hannah Rothstein

Cindy Sherman:


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