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A New Leonardo? Scholarly Show Claims to Reveal Master’s Hand

As Christie’s aggressively marketed Leonardo da Vinci’s Salvator Mundi before the work sold for an astonishing $450m last November, the art world raged anew with questions about the painting’s attribution—even though London’s National Gallery had largely settled the debate by including the work in its 2011-12 Leonardo show. This spring, the Worcester Art Museum (WAM) in Massachusetts will put the complex process...

Two Biologists Explore Millions Unknown Organisms In Tropics

Biologists estimate that 3.2 million species of fungi may exist on Earth, and of that only around 120,000 are known to science which leaves potentially millions organisms of left to discover, photograph, and document before it’s too late. The majority of undescribed species live in the tropics where mycologists Danny Newman and Roo Vandegrift have traveled extensively to document fungi in regions...

Museum Groups Slam La Salle University’s Plan to Sell Works

La Salle University in Philadelphia sent out word on Tuesday that it plans to sell more than 40 works from its art museum, including pieces by Ingres, Thomas Eakins, Matisse, and Alex Katz. The sell-off through  Christie’s—which is estimated to raise between $4.8 million and $7.3 million for use in educational programs, according to the Philadelphia Inquirer, which first reported the news—marks...

In Dubai Was Opened Huge Frame Soars Almost 500 Feet Above The City

Dubai's newest monument is a 492-foot (150-meter) tall picture frame soaring above Zabeel Park. The Dubai Frame is a decade in the making and “represent the aspirations of Dubai and its achievements.” The glittering structure is covered with a golden pattern that mirrors the motif of the 2020 Expo. The towering structure also lights up at night as visitors stroll across the...

Studying Of Ancient Girl’s Genome Will Help Scientists to Unravel America’s Genetic History

A baby girl who died in Alaska some 11,500 years ago belonged to a formerly-unknown population group whose discovery has shed light on the peopling of the Americas, a study of her genome revealed Wednesday. By decoding the child's genetic fingerprint, scientists could look back on the history of the first people to conquer the New World, and conclude they...

Murillo’s Masterpiece Returned to the Gallery in Liverpool After a Restoration Full of Surprises

A large altarpiece by the 17th-century Spanish master Bartolomé Esteban Murillo is back on display at the Walker Art Gallery in Liverpool after a major conservation treatment—the first in more than 150 years. https://youtu.be/HK-dkH_y97Q Conservators from National Museums Liverpool inpainted areas of loss and successfully removed layers of discoloured varnish from Virgin and Child in Glory (1673), revealing the “exquisite painterly...

Dutch Experts Doubt Authenticity Of Rare Adolf Hitler Watercolour Painting

Two researchers in the Netherlands have raised doubts about a rare watercolour painting signed by Adolf Hitler, saying it appears more likely to be the work of a forger, a Dutch newspaper reported Wednesday. "It is very probably a fake Hitler" painting, Bart Droog and Jaap van den Born, both specialists in tracking imitations of Hitler's artwork, told the daily...

World’s Most Valuable Private Coin Collection to be Revealed at the Long Beach Expo

The existence of a previously unreported collection of the world’s most famous and valuable ancient, world and United States rare coins is being revealed for the first time. The Tyrant Collection, which includes a treasured 1937 Edward VIII proof set, will be publicly displayed over the course of several years through a series of exhibits at upcoming Long Beach...

In China Was Found Impressive Wooden Terracotta Army Underground

New archeological research has shed fresh light on China's first emperor - creator of the world-famous terracotta army - and his quest for eternal life, state media reported. A set of wooden soldiers found in the central province of Hunan contain an executive order from emperor Qin Shihuang for a nationwide search for the elixir of life, along with replies...

Monumental Aged Wood Constructions by Leonardo Drew

Leonardo Drew is an artist known for his large wall-mounted sculptures composed of jagged tree trunks layered with thousands of segments of cut wood. The monumental installations perform as abstracted landscapes, which undulate and retract through a combination of natural and man-made shapes. Although typically monochromatic, the works vary in color depending on how extensively Drew chooses to alter the material’s...

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