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  1. Restoration of painting by Peter Bruegel the Elder reveals colour and discoveries
    Peter Bruegel the Elder’s Dulle Griet (Museum Mayer van den Bergh, Antwerp) has regained its spectacular original appearance with the rediscovery during restoration of a blue-green sky. Experts at the Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) in Brussels have worked for a year and a half on the treatment of the world-famous painting. Bruegel’s refined brushwork and a number of striking details lay hidden for decades under layers of overpainting and yellowed varnish. The original wealth of colour is now visible again and the work looks remarkably fresh. The painter’s artistic qualities are done full justice once more. The regained brightness offers a renewed sense of depth: the figure of ‘Dulle Griet’ (Mad Meg) is foregrounded much more firmly and stands out against the sweeping landscape in the background. The multidisciplinary research carried out by the KIK-IRPA team has also resulted i
  2. Met and Frick planning collaboration to enable use of Whitney's Breuer building during Frick renovation
    The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Frick Collection announced today that they are in discussions to bring the Frick's program temporarily to the Whitney Museum of American Art's Breuer building while the Frick's buildings undergo upgrade and renovation. The Met began programming the Marcel Breuer-designed building on Madison Avenue in 2016, through an arrangement with the Whitney that began after the Whitney moved to its current location in downtown Manhattan in 2015. The collaboration would ensure that the public continues to have access to the Frick's collection, exhibitions, library resources, and education programs. The Frick is anticipated to begin its programming at the Breuer building in late 2020, upon obtaining necessary public approvals of its building project. The Met has been using The Met Breuer as a temporary exhibition space to invigorate the
  3. Picasso's Muses: Christie's to offer paintings from The Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection
    In its November 11 Evening Sale of Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s will offer Property from the Sam Rose and Julie Walters Collection, comprising a suite of four works by Pablo Picasso representing the artist’s muses, Marie-Thérèse Walter, Dora Maar, Françoise Gilot and Jacqueline Roque. Together, the collection is expected to exceed $28 million. Conor Jordan, Deputy Chairman, Impressionist and Modern Art, Christie’s, remarked: “As a noted Picasso connoisseur, Sam Rose spent many years assembling these compelling portraits with his wife, Julie Walters. It is Christie’s privilege to present these four wonderful works on their behalf. Picasso’s promethean creative force was inspired by one element above all others – the woman in his life. From the lyrical eroticism of the years of Marie-Thérèse eclipsed in turn by
  4. Questions raised about US museum's Abraham Lincoln hat
    It has been a question plaguing the museum dedicated to one of America's greatest presidents: Is the hat real? The hat in question is of the stovepipe variety that adorned the head of Abraham Lincoln -- recognized for his fashion sense and lauded for ending slavery. The Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum in Illinois had displayed the chocolate brown, beaver fur hat as one that had in fact been on the 16th US president's head. It is a prized possession, a big visitor draw, and valued at $6.5 million -- one of only three such Lincoln hats displayed at an American museum. But it may not be Lincoln's hat after all. FBI analysts and curators at the national Smithsonian Institution have analyzed the hat at the unpublicized request of the Illinois museum's foundation, an independent organization responsible for fundraising and acquiring objects. Even DNA testing was done -- comparing
  5. Exhibition presents the most spectacular archaeological finds made in Germany during the past 20 years
    Digital communication and high-speed transport are bringing people ever closer together, and make globalization seem like a modern phenomenon. But the reality is that transregional networks and all of their concomitant effects have always been an inherent part of society, and have fundamentally influenced people’s lives since prehistoric times. Every day, archaeologists make discoveries which back this up in striking ways. Restless Times. Archaeology in Germany presents the most spectacular archaeological finds of the past 20 years, from the Stone Age to the 20th century. Organized around the four themes of Mobility, Conflict, Exchange and Innovation, and with over 1000 exhibits, visitors will be able to get a sense of the personal, economic and cultural effects of transregional interaction. The European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018 aims to shed light on