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 Players Cézanne, Paul $259 million in 2011
Reclining Nude (Nu Couché) Modigliani, Amedeo $170.4 million in 2015
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer I Klimt, Gustav $135 million in 2006
Salvator Mundi Leonardo da Vinci $127.5 million in 2013
The Scream Munch, 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 Noir Cézanne, Paul $100 million in 2013
Portrait of Oopjen Coppit Rembrandt $90 million in 2015
Portrait of Marten Soolmans Rembrandt $90 million in 2015
Portrait of Adele Bloch-Bauer II Klimt, Gustav $87.9 million in 2006
Portrait of Dr. Gachet Gogh, 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 Innocents Rubens, Peter Paul $76.7 million in 2012
Darmstadt Madonna Holbein, Hans the Younger $75 million in 2011
Diana and Callisto Titian $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 Actaeon Titian $70.6 million in 2009
Portrait of Alfonso d’Avalos, Marchese del Vasto, in Armor with a Page Titian $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 Gommeuse Picasso, Pablo $67.45 million in 2015
Les Alyscamps Gogh, 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 Roulin Gogh, Vincent van $58 million in 1989
Wheat Field with Cypresses at the Haude Galline near Eygalieres Gogh, Vincent van $57 million in 1993
Woman with Folded Arms (Femme aux Bras Croisés) Picasso, Pablo $55 million in 2000
Irises Gogh, Vincent van $53.9 million in 1987
Young Peasant Girl in a Straw Hat sitting in front of a wheatfield Gogh, Vincent van $47.5 million in 1997
Sunflowers Gogh, 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 :)

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.

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!

We’ve added an “Impressionism Favorites” show to our newly-introduced Art Channel app for the new Apple TV. Twenty-five of the best-loved works from one of the best-loved art movements. Not just one but two of Van Gogh’s Starry Night. And his Sunflowers and Irises as well. Classics from Monet, Renoir, Degas and others. All hanging on your wall courtesy of Apple TV and the Art Channel. Impressive.

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We’ve also added preview shows from six other periods, to whet your appetite for things to come. As they say, stay tuned!

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We are pleased to announce The Art Channel for Apple’s new Apple TV. We hinted at this announcement last week in our blog post “The Future is next week.” Well, the future is now.

Art Channel, which can be downloaded for free from the new Apple TV app store, will present shows utilizing Art Authority’s database of over 100,000 paintings and sculptures by 1500 western artists. The first Art Channel show is, literally, The Best Ever, a hand-selected set of top paintings from the past 600 years. These all-time classics on an HDTV hanging on your wall literally have to be seen to be believed. A picture is worth way more than a thousand words in this case, but here are a couple anyway:

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Apple says the future of TV is apps. We certainly agree. One of the great things about the Art Channel being an app is that, not only will we be adding shows to it in the future, but we’ll also be adding features. So look for some of the technologies pioneered by the Art Authority apps, like Art Real Size and Art Like This, to be available through the Art Channel as well.

Speaking of the future, the current one was not only envisioned long ago by Back to the Future, the movie, but also by us here at Open Door Networks (Art Authority’s parent company). In 2004 we shipped an application (they weren’t called “apps” back then) for the Macintosh that let the Mac display, among other things, full-screen works of art. And we specifically suggested hanging one of Apple’s new-fangled flat-screen iMacs on your wall for the best experience. The name of that Macintosh application? Envision.

While we’re looking to the past, we are also very proud of the fact that we are now 4-for-4 in App Store openings, having shipped a day-one app for the iPhone (July 10, 2008), iPad (April 3, 2010), Mac (January 6, 2011) and now the Apple TV (October 29, 2015). We can only hope the Apple TV app works out as well as these others have. We’re excited that it will!

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?

The new Art Authority for iPad 4.10 is one of Apple’s selections this week for “Best New Apps.” Right up there with the likes of MLB.com, Hulu and eBay. Thanks, Apple.

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A major new release of Art Authority for iPad is now available in the App Store, in conjunction with availability of Apple’s new iOS 9. Art Authority 4.10 takes advantage of iOS 9’s greatly enhanced Spotlight search capabilities to let you use Spotlight search to find artists, locations and periods within the app, and to jump directly into the app at the associated show.

This new Spotlight capability will also make it easier to take advantage of the other major new feature in Art Authority 4.10: the addition of over 200 new artists, bringing the total to well over 1300. And these are not just any old artists. We’ve been engaged for almost a year now in an Internet-based scientific study to rate and rank the western world’s most important painters. The study is ongoing, but the 200+ new artists are the first results.


Spotlight search

Spotlight searching has been part of iOS for a long time, but in iOS 9 it can do a whole lot more, including searching within apps that provide the needed support. Just swipe to the right on the home screen (or down from any icon, as in iOS 8) to get to the Spotlight search screen.

SpotlightBlankThen start typing in your search, and results will appear. Art Authority indexes all of its 1300+ artists and 800+ locations through Spotlight, along with its eight major period rooms.

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Tapping on any Art Authority result automatically switches to the app and takes you right to the show on that result.

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Art Authority for iPad 4.10 also supports another iOS 9 search-related feature called Universal Links. If you have the app installed, and tap on various links to our community web site (such as one to van Gogh, or the Louvre, or the Baroque period), instead of going to the site, you’ll go to the appropriate place in the app instead, just as with Spotlight search.


New artists (and more!)

Since the first day of the App Store in 2008, Art Authority has endeavored to help users explore the western art world through a carefully curated set of period highlights, artists, and works of art. We have based that curation on various types of Internet analysis, in concert with more traditional art history sources. The procedure for choosing which artists to include, however, has always been somewhat ad hoc and not documented or repeatable. In other words we really couldn’t be sure we were including the most important artists. We probably missed some, and some “less important” artists probably snuck in. (We of course do realize that the term “important” is quite a weighted one, since what is important to some may not be so to others. That is in fact one of the main reasons for our study, to come up with as objective a definition of “important” as we could.)

Since the beginning of the year, we have been engaged in a study to objectively rate and rank the western world’s top painters. And if you think by “top” we mean some sort of elitist club, think again: our study has identified over 20,000 museum-quality western painters for potential inclusion. The study is still underway, and you’ll certainly be hearing more about it in the future (both here and hopefully in an appropriate journal somewhere). For now, we’ve taken over 200 of the top artists from that study who were missing from the app and added them.

And of course when we add artists we include a number of artworks from each of those artists, resulting in an increase of 20,000 works of art which can be accessed by the app (for a total well over 90,000). Much of the credit for adding these additional works goes to the participants in year 5 of our summer intern program.


Details

Art Authority for iPad 4.10 is in the App Store now, and is of course a free upgrade for all current users. Art Authority K-12 for iPad and Art Authority for iPhone 4.10 should be available there shortly, and are also free upgrades. Our free community site includes all the new artists and works.

And in case you’re curious about the new artists, here’s the whole list:

Allston, Washington Cosway, Richard Glackens, William James Madrazo y Garreta, Raimundo de Roussel, Ker-Xavier
Aman-Jean, Edmond Coypel, Antoine Goodall, Frederick Mancini, Antonio Ruskin, John
Amigoni, Jacopo Coypel, Charles-Antoine Grigor’yev, Boris Marcoussis, Louis Russell, John
Anquetin, Louis Crane, Walter Guérin, Pierre Maris, Jacob Henricus Ruszczyc, Ferdynand
Asselyn, Jan Creswick, Thomas Guys, Constantin Marmion, Simon Saint-Aubin, Gabriel de
Assereto, Gioacchino Creti, Donato Hammershøi, Vilhelm Martin, John Sánchez Coello, Alonso
Balke, Peder Crome, John Harlow, George Henry Matejko, Jan Savoldo, Giovanni Girolamo
Barker, Thomas Cruikshank, George Harpignies, Henri-Joseph Maufra, Maxime Schalcken, Godfried
Barry, James Dance-Holland, Nathaniel Haydon, Benjamin Robert Mauve, Anton Schedoni, Bartolomeo
Beardsley, Aubrey Vincent Daniele da Volterra Hayman, Francis McCubbin, Frederick Schiavone, Andrea
Benson, Ambrosius Daniell, Thomas Hayter, George Miereveld, Michiel Jansz. van Seghers, Gerard
Bergognone, Ambrogio Daubigny, Charles François Hébert, Antoine Auguste Ernest Montagna, Bartolomeo Séraphine
Besnard, Albert Davies, Arthur Bowen Henner, Jean Jacques Monticelli, Adolphe Shannon, Charles Haslewood
Biagio d’Antonio De Wint, Peter Hicks, Edward Moore, Albert Joseph Shannon, James Jebusa
Bicci di Lorenzo Decamps, Alexandre-Gabriel Holl, Frank Morland, George Siberechts, Jan
Blanchard, Jacques Dedreux, Alfred Hondecoeter, Melchior de Morris, William Solomon, Simeon
Blanche, Jacques-Emile Delaunay, Robert Horsley, John Callcott Morse, Samuel Finley Breese Stanfield, Clarkson
Boccaccino, Boccaccio Denis, Simon Joseph Alexander Clément Hovenden, Thomas Moser, Kolo Stella, Jacques
Bonnat, Léon Detaille, Jean Baptiste Edouard Huet, Paul Müller, William James Sustris, Lambert
Both, Jan Devéria, Eugène Hunt, William Morris Mulready, William Thaulow, Fritz
Brabazon, Hercules Brabazon Diaz de la Peña, Narcisse Virgile Isabey, Eugène Nasmyth, Patrick Thoma, Hans
Bracquemond, Félix Dietrich, Christian Wilhelm Ernst Israëls, Jozef Natoire, Charles-Joseph Thulden, Theodor van
Breenbergh, Bartholomeus Doesburg, Theo van Jacopo da Empoli Neroccio di Bartolommeo de’ Landi Tiffany, Louis Comfort
Bruce, Patrick Henry Drost, Willem Jacque, Charles Émile Nittis, Giuseppe de Tocqué, Louis
Buck, Adam Drouais, François Hubert Jarvis, John Wesley Northcote, James Tonks, Henry
Calame, Alexandre Duck, Jacob Jawlensky, Alexei Ochtervelt, Jacob Troyon, Constant
Caldecott, Randolph Ducreux, Joseph John, Gwen Opie, John Valadon, Suzanne
Cappelle, Jan van de Dupré, Jules Khnopff, Fernand Orpen, William Valenciennes, Pierre Henri de
Cappiello, Leonetto Duyster, Willem Cornelisz. Købke, Christen Palmezzano, Marco Vanderlyn, John
Carducho, Vicente Earl, Ralph La Fresnaye, Roger de Pascin, Jules Vedder, Elihu
Carracci, Agostino Eastlake, Charles Lock Labille-Guiard, Adélaïde Pasini, Alberto Verspronck, Jan
Carrière, Eugène Eckersberg, C. W. Lacombe, Georges Pasternak, Leonid Victors, Jan
Carus, Carl Gustav Edelfelt, Albert Laer, Pieter van Pellegrini, Giovanni Antonio Vien, Joseph-Marie, the elder
Casilear, John William Eilshemius, Louis Michel Lance, George Pennell, Joseph Vignon, Claude
Castiglione, Giuseppe Everdingen, Allart van Lane, Fitz Hugh Perino del Vaga Vincent, François André
Catena, Vincenzo di Biagio Field, Erastus Salisbury Lavery, John Pesellino Vollon, Antoine
Catlin, George Filippo Napoletano Lely, Peter Petitjean, Hippolyte Ward, James
Cazes, Pierre Jacques Flandrin, Hippolyte-Jean Leslie, Charles Robert Phillips, Ammi Watson, John Dawson
Charlet, Nicolas-Toussaint Forain, Jean Louis Levy, Emile Picot, François-Edouard Westall, Richard
Chinnery, George Fortuny y Carbó, Mariano José María Bernardo Lhermitte, Léon-Augustin Pierre, Jean Baptiste Marie Wijnants, Jan
Cogniet, Léon Fragonard, Alexandre-Evariste Ligozzi, Jacopo Pitati, Bonifazio de’ Wilson, Richard
Collier, Edwaert Frost, William Edward Linnell, John Polidoro da Caravaggio Wood, Christopher
Colman, Samuel Gandolfi, Gaetano Lippo Memmi Pot, Hendrik Yakovlev, Aleksandr
Constant, Jean Joseph Benjamin Garofalo Lissitzky, El Potter, Beatrix Yeames, William Frederick
Cooke, Edward William Gérard, Marguerite Loo, Carle van Regnault, Jean-Baptiste Zoppo, Marco
Cooper, Thomas Sidney Gifford, Robert Swain Loo, Jean-Baptiste van Ribot, Théodule Zuloaga, Ignacio
Coorte, Adriaen Gillot, Claude Loo, Louis Michel van Roslin, Alexander
Cope, Charles West Gilpin, Sawrey Mackintosh, Charles Rennie Rotari, Pietro
Coques, Gonzales Giroux, André Maclise, Daniel Rousseau, Théodore

Kickstart

For the fourth year in a row, Apple is featuring Art Authority in a Back to School Promotion. This year both Art Authority for iPad and Art Authority for iPhone are featured in the App Store’s new “Kickstart Your School Year” campaign:

Whether you’re starting grade school, finishing your last year of high school, or even teaching a course, this comprehensive collection covers a wide variety of subjects and grade levels to help you start the year on the right foot.

Art Authority is featured near the start of the “Art & Creativity” sections. The apps are particularly useful when combined with the “Lesson Ideas” Apple introduced as part of their “Real World Learning” area (where Art Authority K-12 for iPad is highlighted).

One of the many, many reasons we’re happy to see Art Authority in the new promotion is that it shows that Apple and we are on the same page when it comes to the importance of art education. It was Steve Jobs himself who first talked about the importance of the intersection of technology and liberal arts. Although we were already in complete agreement at the time, we’ve taken what he said to heart and have concentrated even more on that area. Art Authority K-12 and our now wrapping-up fifth year of the Art Authority Summer Internship program are two great examples.

Thanks Steve, thanks Apple, thanks interns, and thanks everyone here at Art Authority.

Today Apple is introducing a new collection in the Education section of the App Store entitled “Real-World Learning.” We’re honored that our Art Authority K-12 for iPad app is one of the five titles they’re featuring. For each app in the collection, Apple has created a free set of lesson plans tailored towards real-world learning with that app. In our case, their multimedia iBook “Art Authority Lesson Ideas” provides specialized plans for ages 5-12, 12-14 and 14-18. And the lessons are not just about art. Art Authority is used as the jumping off point for lessons about Literacy, Social Studies, and History too.

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The plans include both app-based and real-world activities, such as museum visits, poem writing, and drawing. One activity is specifically based on Picasso’s The Old Guitarist, and another is about the impact of the Byzantine Empire. Objectives, overviews and even rubrics are provided for each activity, along with the activity details.

Apple feels that the benefits of the plans include:

  • Enriching the classroom with works of world-famous artists
  • Enabling comparison of works within the app, and to real life
  • Engaging students and building anticipation by exploring artists before visiting real art museums
  • Inspiring work in other subjects.

This is not the first time that Apple has featured our app in a high visibility education event. It was also called out by Phil Schiller as one of seven “amazing” iPad educational apps in a Special Educational Event at the Guggenheim Museum, and has been featured in a number of Apple’s Back to School programs.

We love it that Apple loves our app. As Apple continues changing the world in incredibly meaningful ways, it’s nice to know that we’re helping out too.