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The Family Reunion, five generations of Bruegel on display at the Het Noordbrabants Museum

An exhibition bringing together the artistic production of one of the most famous families in art history, the Brueghel family, will take place from September 30, 2023, to January 7, 2024, at the Het Noordbrabants Museum in 's-Hertogenbosch, the Netherlands. Brueghel: The Family Reunion will present around eighty works including paintings, drawings, and prints from 1550 to 1700, with the intention of reconstructing the history of this long and glorious Flemish art dynasty. The exhibition encompasses the work of five generations, examining the connections between different generations and paying particular attention to the artistic production of women within the family.

The face of the painter Lorenzo Lotto reconstructed by the scientific police

The fourth division of the scientific police in Rome has reconstructed the face of the Renaissance painter Lorenzo Lotto, using the same technique employed to create composite sketches of wanted individuals. The operation was carried out in collaboration with the police headquarters and the University of Bergamo, starting from the analysis of two self-portraits created by the artist, who worked in the city of Bergamo for a long time. The first self-portrait is located within a fresco in the Suardi Oratory in Trescore Balneario, and the other in an inlay in the basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore in Bergamo Alta. The two images were cleaned, and with the help of artificial intelligence, it was possible to reconstruct the artist's features, also rendered in a life-sized 3D model.

New study on the landscape depicted behind the Mona Lisa

A research project coordinated by historian Silvano Vinceti, who has made other important discoveries regarding Leonardo da Vinci's famous painting in the past, is sparking debate. According to the scholar, the background behind the Mona Lisa is believed to depict the Romito di Laterina Bridge in the province of Arezzo, contradicting previous hypotheses that suggested the Trebbia Bridge in Bobbio, in the province of Piacenza, or alternatively the Buriano Bridge in the province of Arezzo. Both of these bridges, however, have six or more arches and are situated on flat terrain. In contrast, the Etruscan-Roman bridge known as Romito or Valle Bridge originally had four arches (only one remains today) and was surrounded by mountains, just like the bridge depicted in the famous painting. This thesis was based on a virtual reconstruction of the bridge in question and on images of the area captured by a drone. According to the researchers, these findings provide a high level of probability that the landscape depicted in the lower left part of the Mona Lisa is indeed that of the Romito Bridge.