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Published online: 28 July 2014

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Louvre Abu Dhabi sets sights on 300 loans from French museums

Head of Agence France-Muséums leads 17-strong team based in the Gulf

Published online: 28 July 2014

Star Wars creator picks Chinese architect for Chicago museum

George Lucas's museum of narrative art due to rise on city's lakefront

Published online: 28 July 2014

Getty gong for Lord Rothschild

J. Paul Getty medal awarded to the UK arts patron for achievements in philanthropy and conservation

Published online: 25 July 2014

Italian culture minister pledges to give museums more autonomy

Dario Franceschini aims to increase independence of the Uffizi and other leading institutions

Published online: 25 July 2014

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Published online: 24 July 2014


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Washing away the varnish

The Art Institute of Chicago bought Gustave Caillebotte’s 1877 painting Paris Street; Rainy Day in 1964. Since then, it has become one of the museum’s most popular pictures. But well-known and well-loved works of art can still yield surprises. When the museum’s conservators cleaned the painting late last year, they found that beneath its varnish, Caillebotte’s technique was more complex than they had previously believed.