Nineveh gate and Mosul museum attacked by Islamic State fanatics

Extremists post propaganda video today showing contents smashed with sledgehammers and drills

Published online: 26 February 2015

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Labour leader promises high-level arts committee

Ed Miliband's pre-election pledge comes with no extra cash

Published online: 24 February 2015

Forgotten Portuguese Modernist gets Grand Palais show

Amadeo de Souza-Cardoso’s survey in Paris will be largest ever outside Portugal

Published online: 19 February 2015

US museums capitalise on baby boomers’ desire to write big cheques

“Quietly does it” pays off as fundraising is put on a fast track, with Houston’s millionaires in a particularly generous mood

Published online: 19 February 2015

Tate website reposts landscapes by convicted child abuser Graham Ovenden

Images of children still available to view at gallery “by application”

Published online: 19 February 2015

Musée Maillol shuts its doors as management company files for bankruptcy

The Paris museum’s abrupt closure this weekend comes after falling attendance and rising debts

Published online: 18 February 2015


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A most beautiful bible

Just in time for Christmas, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York hosts “The Winchester Bible: a Masterpiece of Medieval Art” (until 9 March 2015), an exhibition of illuminated pages from the famed medieval bible, which was written by a single scribe and illustrated by a group of painters over the course of 30 years in the 1100s. Commissioned around 1160 by the Bishop of Winchester, Henry of Blois, the multi-volume tome is currently on tour while the cathedral at Winchester undergoes renovation. The Metropolitan museum show includes two volumes of the book, and one of the volume’s pages will be turned once a month for the duration of the exhibition. In this clip, the actor John Rhys-Davies, who played Henry of Blois in “Chronicles of Light,” discusses the bible.