A man dealing with sewage problems in a building in Lecce, Italy that he purchased in the hopes of opening a restaurant, unearthed a subterranean world full of archeological relics dating to the era before Jesus was born, the New York Times reports. More
What is this? A collector's curiosity. Rembrandt van Rijn, The Shell, an etching. The Netherlands. Dated AD 1650 (state II). Still-life was popular new genres in painting in seventeenth-century Holland, after the collapse of religious patronage, landscape, domestic interiors, and townscapes. Rembrandt engaged closely with the human content of his work, and this still-life study is unique in his printed work. The shell is a Conus marmoreus, which is native to south-east Africa, Polynesia and Hawaii.
Félix ZIEM 'Chameliers et troupeau en Afrique du Nord'. Huile sur panneau, signée en bas à droite, dans un joli cadre en bois et stuc doré. 29,5 x 51 cm.