Ashmolean Museum

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British Museums

The cost of the cuts: what now for UK museums as the Covid-19 crisis bites?

Museum directors in London and the regions are cutting jobs and slashing budgets, raising concerns for the post-pandemic future of the sector

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Discoveries

A real Rembrandt? Study shows painting banished to storeroom is either by his studio or the master himself

A recent examination of the wood panel reveals that it is from the same Baltic oak tree as the panel of an authenticated work by the Dutch artist

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coronavirus

More than 40 UK museums and conservators donate personal protective equipment to help NHS fight coronavirus

Conservation departments are sending gloves, masks and Tyvek suits to hospitals and ambulance services

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Restitution

India asks Ashmolean Museum to return 15th-century bronze idol believed stolen from temple

Independent scholar uncovers questionable provenance for the sculpture that the Oxford institution bought from Sotheby's in 1967

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Exhibitions

Ashmolean Museum show unearths doomed Pompeii's culinary life

The exhibition in Oxford, which contains loans that have never before left Italy, includes a (possible) Roman version of a chamber pot

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Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons says computer technology allowed him to downsize his New York studio

The US artist has laid off the majority of his painting assistants to focus on experimenting with sculpture

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Jeff Koons

Jeff Koons's balloons, basketballs and ballerinas to head to historic Oxford museum for solo show

“Miniature retrospective” at the Ashmolean will focus on recent works, such as the US artist’s Gazing Ball series

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Pierced hearts, unicorn horns and a bottled witch: Oxford show investigates the history of magic and witchcraft

Around 180 objects at the Ashmolean Museum reveal how humans have embraced the occult over the past eight centuries

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Exhibitions

A long history of scholarship drives survey of Raphael’s drawings currently exhibited at the Ashmolean

Debate over attribution has marked modern scholarship on this great master, bringing nuance to the Oxford show

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Restitution

Ashmolean to return silver salt cellar to Jewish collector’s heirs

The UK Spoliation Advisory Panel concluded that the piece was the subject of a forced sale in the 1930s

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Exhibitions

Unexpected chemistry between Moore and Bacon on show at the Ashmolean

This show compares the two artists, revealing that the painter even asked the sculptor for lessons

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Exhibitions

Jenny Saville's beefy bodies go on show in Oxford

This is the first solo show of the British artist in a UK public gallery

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Decorative arts

The catalogue of the Ashmolean’s English and continental gold and silver

Oxford’s greatest treasure trove

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Museums & Heritage

East meets West in the University of Oxford’s new-look museum of art and archaeology

Ashmolean bridges the cultural divide

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Museums & Heritage

Libeskind extension turned down by Heritage Lottery Fund

The Victoria and Albert Museum is now likely to drop the £70 million project

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Exhibitions

Ashmolean shows Renaissance bronzes with Daniel Katz

Centenary of collector, C.D.E. Fortnum, celebrated with exhibition and lectures at Society of Antiquaries

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Ancient Greece

New evidence shows painted Greek pottery would have been found in Poundland rather than at Plato's dinner table

Greek vases were incredibly cheap at the time, despite taking pride of place in our museums