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Give your lover $2 billion in art (or just keep it for yourself)

As previously announced, one of the new Art Channel shows for Valentine’s Day, “Highest Priced,” includes paintings which have sold for over $2 billion. Quite the Valentine’s Day gift. Not only are these paintings literally worth a fortune, but they make great backdrops on your living room wall as you and your Valentine open your other presents. Or just chill. Only on the Art Channel and Apple TV.

In case you’re curious what’s in the “Highest Priced” show, here’s the full list:

Nafea Faa Ipoipo (When Will You Marry?)Gauguin, Paul$300 million in 2015
The Card PlayersCézanne, Paul$259 million in 2011
Reclining Nude (Nu Couché)Modigliani, Amedeo$170.4 million in 2015
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer IKlimt, Gustav$135 million in 2006
Salvator MundiLeonardo da Vinci$127.5 million in 2013
The ScreamMunch, Edvard$119.9 million in 2012
Reclining Nude on Blue Cushion (Nu Couché au coussin Bleu)Modigliani, Amedeo$118 million in 2012
Boy with a Pipe (Garçon à la Pipe)Picasso, Pablo$104.2 million in 2004
La Montagne Sainte-Victoire vue du bosquet du Château NoirCézanne, Paul$100 million in 2013
Portrait of Oopjen CoppitRembrandt$90 million in 2015
Portrait of Marten SoolmansRembrandt$90 million in 2015
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer IIKlimt, Gustav$87.9 million in 2006
Portrait of Dr. GachetGogh, Vincent van$82.5 million in 1990
Water Lily Pond (Le bassin aux nymphéas)Monet, Claude$80.5 million in 2008
Ball at the Moulin de la Galette (Bal du moulin de la Galette)Renoir, Pierre-Auguste$78.1 million in 1990
The Massacre of the InnocentsRubens, Peter Paul$76.7 million in 2012
Darmstadt MadonnaHolbein, Hans the Younger$75 million in 2011
Diana and CallistoTitian$71.7 million in 2012
Self-portrait without beard (Portrait de l’artiste sans barbe)Gogh, Vincent van$71.5 million in 1998
Diana and ActaeonTitian$70.6 million in 2009
Portrait of Alfonso d’Avalos, Marchese del Vasto, in Armor with a PageTitian$70 million in 2003
Nude Sitting on a Divan (The Beautiful Roman Woman)Modigliani, Amedeo$69 million in 2010
The Gross Clinic (The Clinic of Dr. Gross)Eakins, Thomas$68 million in 2007
La GommeusePicasso, Pablo$67.45 million in 2015
Les AlyscampsGogh, Vincent van$66.3 million in 2015
Jeanne (Spring)Manet, Edouard$65.1 million in 2014
Curtain, Jug and Fruit (Rideau, Cruchon et Compotier)Cézanne, Paul$60.5 million in 1999
Suprematist Composition (blue rectangle over the red beam)Malevich, Kazimir$60 million in 2008
Portrait of the Postman Joseph RoulinGogh, Vincent van$58 million in 1989
Wheat Field with Cypresses at the Haude Galline near EygalieresGogh, Vincent van$57 million in 1993
Woman with Folded Arms (Femme aux Bras Croisés)Picasso, Pablo$55 million in 2000
IrisesGogh, Vincent van$53.9 million in 1987
Young Peasant Girl in a Straw Hat sitting in front of a wheatfieldGogh, Vincent van$47.5 million in 1997
SunflowersGogh, Vincent van$39.7 million in 1987
Portrait of a Halberdier (Francesco Guardi?)Pontormo, Jacopo$35.2 million in 1989

A few of the high-priced works by modern and contemporary artists, such as Picasso, Rothko, Pollock and Warhol are not included because the originals are still under copyright. You’ll just have to go out and try to buy these for yourself 🙂

Be Our Valentine

We’re pleased to announce a couple new Art Channel shows, “Valentine’s Day Inspirations” and “Highest Priced.”

“Valentine’s Day Inspirations” includes many of the all-time favorites, like Klimt’s Kiss, but also a number of other works you may be less familiar with. We think you’ll love it 🙂 Hopefully you have an Apple TV and can tune in. If not, here are a few of the highlights:

If you’re looking for inspirations as far as Valentine’s Day gifts, you’ll want to check out Art Channel’s new “Highest Priced” show, which lets you hang over $2 billion in the world’s most expensive art on your wall! More details on that shortly.

A Christmas Present

We’ve been working on some new holiday shows for our new Art Channel on Apple TV (more on that shortly). One of the new shows is turning out so well that we decided to spin it off into its own app.

Our “Christmas Art” app is now available in the Apple TV App Store, with over 700 years worth of yuletide paintings from master artists like Fra Angelico, Botticelli, Brueghel, Rembrandt and Gauguin. The app includes features on the Annunciation, the Nativity, and Madonna & Child, plus the Complete Christmas. It’s a great selection of HD-quality images from the Art Authority collection of over 100,000 works.

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We hope you like it as much as we do. Just search for “Christmas Art” on the Apple TV App Store. Merry Christmas to all!

The Future is next week

Today, October 21, 2015, is the day in the movie Back to the Future Part II to which hero Marty McFly travels in his DeLorean-based time machine. Although many aspects of that day in the movie, like hover boards and the Cubs winning the World Series, have yet to come to pass, a few have. In particular, the flat-screen TVs in the movie don’t even seem surprising to us now, but they sure were in 1989 when the movie came out. One scene we like in particular shows a flat-screen TV being used to display great classic works of art.

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Not unrelatedly, Apple, the company that’s probably the most responsible for bringing us the real future, just announced that their new Apple TV product will be available next week. And of course it will run apps. And we happen to sell the number one art viewing app around. Hmmm.

Could the Future be next week?

Life imitating Art (Authority) imitating Life

One of our big goals with Art Authority for iPad is to provide you with a great museum-like art viewing experience. One of our major innovations in this area is Art Real Size, which lets you quickly and intuitively understand the size of a work of art, just as you do in a museum. We designed and implemented Art Real Size, like many of our other Art Authority features, by imitating life:

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Works well, right?

Just as Art Authority imitates life, Paul Collins, principal developer for the Art Authority app line, had the opportunity to have life imitate Art Authority. While visiting the Philadelphia Museum of Art, he had this picture taken:

Yes, that’s him standing in front of the real-life version of A Reading from Homer by Sir Lawrence Alma-Tadema. Looks familiar?

More to Explore

Following up on our recent summer intern program update, we thought we’d talk about how the Art Authority museum has been evolving to give you more to explore. Not just more to explore than when it first “opened” over four years ago (on the same day as the iPad shipped), but also more to explore, in many ways, then any single real-world museum.

We of course love real-world museums, whose viewing experience cannot be replaced by any app, including ours. But the Art Authority museum viewing experience likewise cannot be replaced by any real-world museum. Since we started using Childe Hassam’s work in our intern update, let’s keep going with that.

In the update post, we mentioned that Hassam’s Art Authority collection includes 487 works. It is of course very unlikely that any single real-world museum, even through a special exhibit, would be able to gather that many of Hassam’s works under one real-world roof. The post also indicated that many of his works in Art Authority include not just standard museum details like date and medium but also items that only a virtual museum could provide, such as links to in-depth articles about the works.

The post also showed how our groundbreaking Art Real Size feature helps you explore and understand the size of the works, addressing one of the big defects of many virtual museums. And with Art Like This you can view items from across all Art Authority collections that are similar to any work (check out how similar to Hassam’s the Monet work is below).

Allies Day, May 1917

Explore Hassam’s “Allies Day” through articles, Art Real Size, and Art Like This

But there’s still more to explore too. You can view a work full-screen, and then zoom in on any part of the work, often much closer than you can get in a museum. For selected works, you can follow a link to a video about that work. And through the grid view’s chronological thumbnail display, you can gains insights into how an artist’s style has evolved over the course of their career. 

Allies Day, 1917

Explore full-screen, zoom in, view a video, compare to artist’s other works

If you do spend the time to become familiar with Hassam, or any other artist in this way, you may well want to continue your exploration by seeking out real-world museums that are displaying his works. Art Authority can help you to find and preview exhibits at many of those museums. And our companion Art Alert app can then help you to get there too.

We think you’re going to really adore how Art Authority helps you explore more!

Merry Christmas (stamps)

Since 1962, the US Postal Service has issued one or more Christmas stamps each year. Many of these stamps have been based on classic works of art, usually from the Renaissance period. And of course many of those works of art are in Art Authority.  It’s particularly interesting to see how the Postal Service has “adapted” the works to the stamps. Merry Christmas!

1966 stamp: Madonna and Child with Angels, by Hans Memling, after 1479

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1967 stamp: Madonna and Child with Angels, by Hans Memling, after 1479

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1968 stamp: The Annunciation, by Jan van Eyck, 1435

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1970 stamp: Nativity, by Lorenzo Lotto, 1523

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1971 stamp: Adoration of the Shepherds, by Giorgione, 1505-1510

 

1973 stamp: Small Cowper Madonna, by Raphael, 1504-1505

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1975 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Domenico Ghirlandaio, 1475

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1976 stamp: Nativity, by John Singleton Copley, 1776

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1979 stamp: The Rest on the Flight into Egypt by Gerard David, 1510

 

1981 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Sandro Botticelli, 1475-1485

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1982 stamp: Madonna of the Goldfinch, Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, 1767-1770

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1983 stamp: Niccolini-Cowper Madonna, by Raphael, 1508

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1985 stamp: Genoa Madonna, by Luca Della Robbia, 1445-1450

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1986 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Perugino, 1501

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1987 stamp: A Gentleman in Adoration before the Madonna, by Giovanni Battista Moroni, 1560

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1988 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Sandro Botticelli, 1470

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1989 stamp: The Dream of Saint Catherine of Alexandria, by Lodovico Carracci, 1593

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1990 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Antonello da Messina, 1475

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1993 stamp: Madonna and Child in a Landscape, by Giovanni Battista Cima da Conegliano, 1496-1499

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1995 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Giotto di Bondone, 1320-1330

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1997 stamp: Madonna and Child with Saints and Angels, by Sano di Pietro, 1460-1470

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1999 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Bartolomeo Vivarini, 1475

 

2002 and 2003 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Jan Gossaert, 1520

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2004 stamp: Madonna and Child, by Lorenzo Monaco, 1413

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2007 stamp: The Madonna of the Carnation, by Bernardino Luini, 1515

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2008 stamp: Virgin and Child with the Young John the Baptist, by Sandro Botticelli, 1490

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2009 stamp: Christmas: Madonna and Sleeping Child by Sassoferrato

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2011 stamp: Madonna of the Candelabra by Raphael, 1513

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2013 stamp: Virgin and Child, by Jan Gossaert, 1531

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Size matters, part 2

While working on Art Real Size, we found it quite interesting to look at different artists in terms of the size of their works in the Art Authority database. Which artists produced the biggest works? Which the smallest? And which had the greatest (or least) variety in terms of size? Here are some particularly “extreme” artists to explore and understand better through Art Real Size.

Largest works*: Giovanni da Bologna (sculptor), Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, David Alfaro Siqueiros (muralist)
Smallest works*: Martin Schongauer, M.C. Escher
Greatest variability**: Gian Lorenzo Bernini (sculptor), David Alfaro Siqueiros (muralist), Giovanni Battista Tiepolo
Lowest variability**: Limbourg Brothers (miniaturists), Helen Allingham

Also, for those interested in extremes, tallest work:

The Apotheosis of the Pisani Family

The Apotheosis of the Pisani Family (through Art Real Size)

Widest work:

Smallest work:


*Based on at least 10 works with known heights
**Highest standard deviation of height

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