Wassily Wassilyevich Kandinsky was an influential Russian painter and art theorist. He is credited with painting one of the first purely abstract works. Born in Moscow, Kandinsky spent his childhood in Odessa.
The so-called "Dea Madre" marble goddess figure from Sardinia, dated to 4500 BCE. It was scheduled to be auctioned off by Christies, but the Sardinian government has stopped the sale and is demanding it be returned to Sardinia (as it should).