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The Metropolitan Museum Received A Gift From The Irving Family

The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York has received $80 million from trustee Florence Irving and her husband, Herbert, who died last year at age 98. The donation is the largest financial gift the museum has received in its recent history, and it will be used toward establishing a new acquisitions endowment fund. Many acquisitions made through the fund,...

University of Michigan Museum of Art reopens Asian Art Conservation Lab

 The University of Michigan Museum of Art has reopened its Robert B. Jacobs Asian Art Conservation Laboratory under the direction of conservator Qian He.  The lab provides conservation services and mounting or remounting of East Asian paintings and Asian and Western works on paper for institutions and individuals worldwide, in addition to caring for UMMA's comprehensive collections of Asian art. Qian...

An Astonishingly Small Stone Carving That Has the Power to Change Art History

More than two years ago researchers from the University of Cincinnati unearthed a 3,500-year-old tomb in the southwest of Greece. The tomb belonged to a Bronze Age warrior nicknamed the “Griffin Warrior,” and contained many treasures, such as four occurred a full year after its discovery. Researchers uncovered a carved sealstone no larger than an inch and a half wide....

The Artist Turned Times Square Into A Real “Portal To The World”

Times Square is often called the "crossroads of the world", so Amar Bakshi decided to make the legendary city square in New York fit in with his slogan. Thanks to the golden container that is on Broadway, visitors can instantly connect to the far corners of the world by talking to strangers in remote places such as Rwanda, Palestine and...

Impressionist and Post-Impressionist Paintings Are Now Available For Viewing Online

The Barnes Foundation is a gem of a collection in Philadelphia put together by Dr. Albert C. Barnes in the early 20th century as a space to stimulate art appreciation. Using his personal collection amassed between 1912 and 1951, Barnes believed in teaching people about art through their visual relationships and has a forerunner in public arts education, it's only fitting...

Student Discovers 145 Million-Year-Old ‘Rat’ Teeth

A student at a British university has uncovered teeth from rat-like creatures who lived 145 million years ago and have distant links to humans. The discovery was made on the coast of Dorset, southwest England, by undergraduate Grant Smith as he sifted through rocks at the University of Portsmouth. "Quite unexpectedly he found not one but two quite remarkable teeth of...

‘Six Dynasties’ Art From Norman’s Kurland Collection Will Be Shown In London

For Norman Kurland, the well-known US film and television agent, deciding what to do with his collection of art dating from China’s Six Dynasties period  has been a “bittersweet” process. “I thought for years—do I give it to my university museum, do I give it someplace else, do I sell it?” He even considered burying the whole lot with...

An Impressive Library Will Be Built In China By MVRDV

The Dutch architectural firm MVRDV, whose innovative projects show no creative limitations, presented their latest project - impressive library in Tianjin, China. Located in the Binghai Cultural District and developed in cooperation with the Tianjin Urban Construction and Design Institute (TUPDI), the impressive library accommodates up to 1.2 million books. Part of the larger "master plan of the cultural complex",...

Sir John Soane’s Museum Recreates Architect’s Vision Of Pharaoh’s Tomb

When the architect Sir John Soane finally managed to install his greatest treasure in his extraordinary combined home, studio and museum in London, he threw a three-day party to celebrate. The sarcophagus of the pharaoh Seti I, carved from a single vast block of translucent alabaster, cost Soane £2,000 after the British Museum turned it down as too expensive. Getting in...

Scientists Have Uncovered Another Mystery Of Great Pyramid

There’s much that we still don’t know about the ancient Egyptian pyramids. There is, however, one thing we can all agree on—there are many mysteries still left to solve. Last year, an international team of scientists made an amazing discovery; they found that there’s a largely hidden cavity behind the walls of the Great Pyramid of Giza. Their findings...

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