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Weaver uncovers hidden patterns beneath Old Master paintings

For artisan Helena Loermans, uncovering the intricate weaves of artists' canvases is like “a detective story”

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Conserving canvas: from tear-mending to 'mist lining’, conservators share their techniques

Hundreds gather as the Getty convenes the first major international conference on the issue in 45 years

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Cold War-era mosaic sees light of day again in eastern Germany

Reappearance of a Josep Renau mural hints at a greater acceptance of East German public art

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Restoration

Fresh meat: painting restoration reveals that hunk of beef thought to be cooked was actually raw

The 17th-century work features in a newly opened exhibition on art and food at the Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge

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Derelict iron flaxmill is brought back to life in Shrewsbury

Building was considered an audacious architectural experiment when it was built in 1797

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Conservators to restore Michelangelo’s Florence Pietà in full view of visitors

Restoration will remove centuries of grime and stabilise the sculpture at the Museo dell’Opera del Duomo

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Scientists uncover a secret to rock art’s durability

Ancient artisans in British Columbia heated ochre “gunk” to high temperatures to achieve a vivid and long-lasting red

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Museums & Heritage

New Hampshire museum acquires a rare house by Frank Lloyd Wright

The 1957 home, the Currier Museum of Art's second Wright dwelling, is built in the “Usonian Automatic” style, with rectangular concrete blocks

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Conservation & Preservation

Castle opening crowns £150m revival of Bishop Auckland

Millionaire Jonathan Ruffer’s ambitious regeneration of a small former mining town in northern England reveals 1,000 years of history and art

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Conservation & Preservation

After a discovery, Rothko Chapel moves to shore up its walls

Lack of steel reinforcement results in a plan to insert rebar, delaying the reopening of the Modernist sanctuary

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In a conservation triumph, a 15th-century tapestry highlights the age of chivalry

“It’s the most spectacular representation of a tournament of that time,” a Met curator says

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Iraq

As protests rage in Iraq, experts say culture is key to long-term reconstruction

Iraqi culture ministry announces new national museum in Baghdad as Mosul restoration plan is extended to historic churches

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Citing daunting threats, World Monuments Fund lists 25 endangered sites

Bears Ears in the US, a Peruvian valley near Machu Picchu and Notre Dame in Paris join the 2020 roster

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Renaissance woman Plautilla Nelli's Last Supper unveiled after restoration in Florence

Seven-metre painting offers "canvas proof" that self-taught nun ran an all-female workshop in her convent 450 years ago

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Conservation

Expert finds lost dress of Queen Elizabeth I in English village church

Rare 16th-century fabric to go on show at Hampton Court Palace after three-year study

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Musée du Louvre

Louvre director plots great collections reshuffle

Jean-Luc Martinez reveals his big plans for the museum and why 250,000 objects must leave Paris

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Conservation & Preservation

Grant will help restore two long-lost frescoes in San Francisco

The project contrasts with a decision to cover up a controversial 1930s school mural in the same city

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Conservation & Preservation

Poignant online videos showcase 20 sites from Alabama’s civil rights era

World Monuments Fund joins partners in launching an oral history project

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Getty plans sweeping $100m initiative to promote the world’s cultural heritage

Projects will range from exhibitions about the classical world to conservation and excavations and a book about “heritage and mass atrocities”

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Restoration

Restorers discover shield fragment is 1,700 years old, making it the oldest German panel painting

Researchers at the Landesmuseum in Halle found fragments of paint on the ancient wooden object

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Conservation & Preservation

Probing nine paintings, conservators in Amsterdam unlock Chagall’s secrets

Research project at the Stedelijk Museum sheds light on some of the artist’s techniques

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Laser scan may one day aid Notre Dame’s restorers

A 2010-12 effort to map every inch of the cathedral could help the post-fire reconstruction

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Photography

Germany plans photography archive to preserve 'visual memory of our society'

Culture minister Monika Grütters enlists international experts to help create a central institution but critics question necessity and feasibility

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Renaissance

Science provides first deep dive into overlooked female Old Master Lavinia Fontana's work

After a grant enabled conservation on a much-loved painting, researchers at the National Gallery of Ireland are learning more about the artist’s technique

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New York Public Library shores up its marble lions

Two-month conservation effort for the sculptures follows a public appeal to donors

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San Francisco school board votes to preserve but conceal a controversial mural

Its 4-3 decision reverses an earlier vote to paint over a 1930s work that some parents and board members found racist and damaging to students

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International

Photography collective takes a stand against wildlife crime

Internationally renowned photographers join forces to publish a crowdfunded book in English and Mandarin that raises awareness of China’s illegal trade in animals

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Conservation

A Wall Street lobby restored to its former glory

A vast Art Deco mosaic celebrates the artistry of its overlooked creator

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Antiquities & Archaeology

A Getty lifeline for classical mosaics in the Middle East and North Africa

As the Getty winds down its decade-long Mosaikon project, it leaves behind a legacy of expertise in a region threatened by looting and political unrest

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Conservation & Preservation

Microsoft aims to harness AI for heritage projects

From languages to historic artefacts, the company will use technology to preserve and celebrate traditional cultures

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Conservation & Preservation

Moscow Kremlin Museums say ‘bravo!’ to restorers

State regalia, Russian icons and decorative pistols go on show in exhibition celebrating the hidden craft of conservation

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Unesco

In a first, Unesco gives Frank Lloyd Wright buildings World Heritage status

US architect's distinctive designs are among 29 cultural sites recognised for their “outstanding value to humanity”

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Venice

Dramatic speech in Baku challenges Unesco’s support for damaging Venice cruise ship decision

The non-governmental organisation Europa Nostra recommends that the World Heritage Committee put the lagoon city on the endangered list

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Conservation & Preservation

Going undercover: Scotland's leaky Mackintosh treasure shielded by 197-tonne chainmail box

Hill House in Helensburgh has been covered to protect it from the rain while National Trust makes conservation plans

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Venice

The Turkish shareholders in the port of Venice want to keep cruise ships coming—and the mayor supports them

The World Heritage Committee is meeting in Baku and intends to dodge declaring Venice endangered for the third time

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Venice

Solid evidence that Venice's Mose mobile flood barriers have serious conservation faults

Repair work is estimated to take ten years, calling the operational date of 2021 into question

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Aliph global protection fund announces 14 projects across multiple war zones

The Minaret of Jam in Afghanistan, Syria’s Raqqa Museum and Mosul libraries all safeguarded

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Getty shores up Peruvian church in an earthquake zone

The preservation project could serve as a prototype for saving other earthen buildings

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Conservators restore Africa’s first animated film in colour

Nigerien pioneer Moustapha Alassane’s stop-motion work Samba the Great is being screened in Bologna

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Adventures with Van Gogh

A once-in-a-lifetime look behind Van Gogh’s Sunflowers

The Van Gogh Museum’s masterpiece has suffered from a 1960s restoration which involved the insertion of three long metal bolts

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Conservation & Preservation

British Library shares conservation experts with Palestinian Museum

New partnership will preserve the Birzeit museum’s most ‘at-risk’ objects on paper

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Conservation & Preservation

Quarries, quarrels and a lesbian affair: the life of sculptor Mary Spencer Watson

The Dorset farmhouse in which she lived with her father, the portrait painter George Spencer Watson, has been recently restored by the Landmark Trust

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Conservation & Preservation

Conservation project channels thinking of Angkor’s original builders

World Monuments Fund completes restoration of the eastern half of Phnom Bakheng temple

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Conservation & Preservation

Ugo Rondinone’s day-glo desert installation Seven Magic Mountains gets a fresh coat of paint

The popular public art work has been restored with the aim of keeping it Instagram-ready through 2021 or longer

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Films

Victorians in pictures: British Film Institute digitises archive of over 500 early silent films

Conservation experts carefully cleaned the fragile and flammable nitrate film so each frame could be individually scanned

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Leaders

Comment | Cupid ‘outing’ in Vermeer painting is the right move

The uncovered figure changes the composition of Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window

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Conservation & Preservation

Eileen Gray’s and Le Corbusier’s architectural gems reopen after extensive restoration

A Modernist villa and hut in the south of France feature wall paintings by Le Corbusier

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Architecture

Nazi site in Nuremberg to be preserved but not restored

German city launches €85m plan to prevent further decay of infamous rally grounds

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Exhibitions

Virtual reality tour offers glimpse of François Pinault’s long-awaited, grand Paris gallery

Exhibition at the Palazzo Grassi in Venice shows Tadao Ando’s designs for the Bourse de Commerce building

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Conservation & Preservation

Guggenheim launches conservation fellowship with help from Russian billionaire Vladimir Potanin

Initiative aims to boost Russian expertise in rapidly developing field of preserving contemporary art

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Discoveries

Hidden Cupid resurfaces in one of Vermeer’s best-known works after two and a half centuries

Laboratory tests revealed "sensational" discovery that the figure in Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window was overpainted decades after the artist’s death

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Openings

Newly restored Hillsborough Castle brims with clues to its past at the heart of Irish politics

Georgian mansion, the Queen’s official residence in Northern Ireland, has reopened to the public

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame: experts explain why Macron's five-year restoration deadline is impossible

Complex conservation issues mean it could easily take a decade or more to rebuild the Medieval cathedral

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Nancy Holt’s desert Sun Tunnels will be cleaned and repaired—but the bullet marks are staying

The artist considered the streaks left by gunfire to be part of the Land Art work's evolution

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

In Notre Dame, we find a heritage that invites us to breathe and reflect

A spire competition is the wrong approach

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Museums & Heritage

How to future-proof a work of art that will not be completed for 100 years

As Katie Paterson's sand castle project goes on tour, we look at how her Future Library is being made to outlive the artist

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Attribution

Does a Minnesota college own a portrait by Edvard Munch?

Scientific evidence points to St Olaf College’s Portrait of Eva Mudocci being the real deal, but scholars of the artist’s work are reserving judgement

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Conservation & Preservation

The Getty Conservation Institute maps out a plan to preserve the Eames House

The Los Angeles Modernist home was designed and lived in by Charles and Ray Eames

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Museums & Heritage

Conceptual and Minimalist trove raises bedeviling questions for the Guggenheim

Grappling with questions of authenticity, museum 'decommissions' some works from the Panza Collection

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Museums & Heritage

X-ray of Uffizi's Artemisia Gentileschi reveals a tantalising underpainting

The portrait has striking similarities to a recent acquisition by the National Gallery in London

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Conservation & Preservation

Fragile inheritance: US museums bridge skills gap in conservation of Chinese paintings

Philanthropic funding assures new training for the next generation of masters to emerge

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New £20m Windermere Jetty Museum launches restored steamboats on the lake

Historic vessels set sail again from wet dock at the heart of the Lake District boating museum

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Greenwich's Painted Hall reopens with day beds for visitors to admire 'England's Sistine Chapel'

Two-year restoration of James Thornhill's dizzying Baroque interior was the largest open-access conservation project in Europe

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Stolen in 1985, a recovered de Kooning will undergo conservation treatment

University of Arizona Museum of Art will send its painting, damaged by the thief, to the Getty

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Rothko Chapel to be restored, and gain auxiliary buildings

Artist's son says the project will "do right by my father’s vision for the space"

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New app helps researchers diagnose ‘acne’ afflicting Georgia O'Keeffe's paintings

Bumps caused by chemical reactions can now be mapped by waving a hand-held device that one professor likens to a Star Trek “tricorder”

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Conservation & Preservation

American donations shore up conservation efforts in France

From Paris to Chartres, US philanthropy makes its mark

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Rembrandt

Trimmed, splashed and slashed: the anatomy of Rembrandt's The Night Watch

As the Rijksmuseum prepares to restore the Dutch master’s most-celebrated painting in full view of the public, we look at its chequered conservation history

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Morgan Library & Museum plans $12.5m restoration of its library's exterior

New York institution plans to shore up its Neo-Classical façade and create outdoor spaces for the public

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Museums & Heritage

New York architect Annabelle Selldorf to lead design of visitors centre in Beijing’s Forbidden City

When restoration is complete, the public will have access to Qianlong Garden complex for the first time

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Adventures with Van Gogh

Amsterdam Sunflowers will never again travel

Conservators are concerned over Van Gogh’s still life, which went to over 80 exhibitions after the war

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Getty wraps up conservation effort at King Tutankhamen's tomb

Decade-long effort with Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities results in a ventilation and filtration system

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Heritage

Lush historic gardens bloom once more in Agra, India

The World Monuments Fund announces the completion of a four-year conservation effort

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Conservation & Preservation

Cai Guo-Qiang’s explosive art, preserved for the ages

Getty scientists explore the artist’s use of gunpowder and other materials for a definitive new book

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Restoration for early Renaissance pulpit will get the big-screen treatment

The 1301 carved pulpit will undergo a two-year intensive monitoring programme