$1 Billion Gift Gives Met a New Perspective (Cubist) In one of the most significant gifts in the history of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the philanthropist and cosmetics tycoon Leonard A. Lauder has promised the institution his collection of 78 Cubist paintings, drawings and sculptures. More
Chinese Girl sale nears £1m mark Vladimir Tretchikoff's original painting of the Chinese Girl, believed to be the world's most reproduced print, sells at auction for £982,050, around twice its anticipated sale price. More
FBI: $500 million art thieves known The FBI said Monday it believes it knows who was behind one of the most significant art heists in the United States -- the 1990 theft of 13 precious works, once valued at $500 million, from Boston's Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum. More
VIDEO: Long-lost Renoir piece returns to Baltimore museum Pierre-Auguste Renoir's painting "On the Shore of the Seine," from about 1879 ... reappeared in 2012 when a Virginia woman claimed she unknowingly bought it at a flea market for $7 and then prepared to send it to auction. But others, including her brother ... 03/28/2014 - 8:27 am | View Link
Garage Sale Renoir Painting Sparks Legal Battle With Museum Virginia woman bought a painting for $7, but museum claims it was stolen and belongs to them. 01/3/2014 - 4:36 am | View Link
Renoir painting purchased at flea market actually stolen from Baltimore Museum of Art (VIDEO) UPDATE (12/4/13; 12:39 p.m. ET): A Virginia judge has filed motions in the case. The judge will head oral arguments in January before ruling on the matter. Original story below… BALTIMORE – Authorities are struggling to get to the bottom of a strange ... 04/6/2013 - 1:00 pm | View Link
Insecure security: It took thieves two minutes to steal masterpieces from Dutch museum (VIDEO) It proved to be a case of ‘easier done than said’ for the thieves who stole seven masterpieces worth millions of dollars from the Dutch gallery in mid October. The police say security at Rotterdam's Kunsthal was not up to scratch. The art gallery ... 10/23/2012 - 2:58 am | View Link
Tina Stanley, Arkansas Woman, Reunited With Father's Military Heirlooms (VIDEO) And this month, a Virginia woman, unwittingly bought an original painting by Renoir valued between $75,000 and $100,000 for only $7 at a flea market. 09/28/2012 - 5:14 am | View Link
Montmartre Montmartre hill in Paris. Topped by the Sacre Coeur Basilica, Montmartre is the highest Paris hill at 130 meters. Rural until 1900, Montmartre became famous in late ... 09/29/2014 - 5:08 am | View Website
TYWKIWDBI ("Tai-Wiki-Widbee"): A video of Renoir painting ... I learned a quote attributed to Renoir many years ago and never forgot it. Upon being asked by someone how he could stand to paint with such arthritic ... 09/29/2014 - 2:09 am | View Website
World Paintings November 17, 1951. A small oil masterpiece by Pierre-August Renoir, ” Paysage Bords De Seine”, gets stolen from The Baltimore museum of Art while on loan to the ... 09/28/2014 - 10:39 am | View Website
Long-lost Renoir piece returns to Baltimore museum BALTIMORE (AP) — A tiny Renoir painting has returned home to a gallery in the Baltimore Museum of Art nearly 63 years after it was stolen and then kept ... 03/27/2014 - 5:03 pm | View Website
A Tiny Renoir, Stolen In The '50s, Finally Comes Home To ... Renoir's On the Shore of the Seine returns to the Baltimore Museum of Art more than 60 years after its theft. Rumor has it Renoir painted the tiny piece on ... 03/27/2014 - 11:55 am | View Website
“Annabelle,” a prequel/spinoff to the superb 2013 throwback horror film “The Conjuring,” is filled with good and bad.
Set in a 1970s farmhouse using expert pacing and mostly practical effects, it stood out as one of the better horror films — mainstream or underground — in recent memory.
The production design and filmmaking style seamlessly match the era.
The outstanding camera work reveals itself early, during a well-staged slaughter scene in a neighbor’s suburban house, viewed through two sets of windows with an expert’s mastery of light and action.
The most noticeable shortcoming is a hastily executed script, which results in a few too many unintentional audience laughs.
“The Conjuring” took care to set up a family with a strong spine in desperate circumstances, making it believable that they might stay in their haunted country home long enough to allow a demonic possession to take place.
Perhaps because it would look too silly to have a ceramic figure lumbering around holding a knife, the doll mostly sits silently, letting various evil stand-ins do the dirty work.