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Artemisia Gentileschi

Getty Acquires Artemisia Gentileschi, Fire at São Paulo Art Warehouse, and More: Morning Links from March 30, 2021

To receive Morning Links in your inbox every weekday, sign up for our Breakfast with ARTnews newsletter. ATTENDANCE AT THE TOP 100 ART MUSEUMS AROUND THE WORLD was down 77 percent in 2020 compared to 2019, according to the Art Newspaper‘s annual attendance survey. That report typically provides a chance for museums to take a victory lap for well-attended blockbusters. This year it is stark picture of just how dramatically their audiences declined amid the global pandemic. In the top 10, the Metropolitan Museum of Art saw the steepest decline by percentage, 83 percent; it was closed a whopping 202 days because of the pandemic, exceeded by only the British Museum, which was shuttered for 208. (A caveat: closure data was not available for two institutions in that top decile.) As usual, the Louvre won the contest, with 2.7 million visitors, a decline of 72 percent on 150 days of Covid-caused closure. Alison Cole, TAN’s editor, noted in an interview with the Guardian that normally “more than 9 million people would jostle to see the Mona Lisa.”
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Picture for Getty Acquires Artemisia Gentileschi, Fire at São Paulo Art Warehouse, and More: Morning Links from March 30, 2021