Religious art

Booksreview

Saints and stories: vast book reveals the history of the Renaissance altarpiece

This in-depth survey suggests that the development of Italian church altarpieces can be understood through the themes of "icon" and "narrative"

Booksreview

Magnificence of mosques and their contents revealed in book created by 'dream team' of Saudi and Egyptian museums

Exploration of the Islamic building through its decorations and objects fills a gap in the field

Off with her head! Infrared technology shows how a 15th-century French king used a paintbrush to replace one wife with another

Francis I of Brittany had his first wife painted over in a medieval prayer book before giving it to his new spouse, research at Cambridge's Fitzwilliam Museum shows

'Hurrah, it’s leprosy!' How a conservator and a historian are decoding the grisly tales in Canterbury Cathedral’s stained-glass windows

New research for British Museum exhibition means panels depicting St Thomas Becket's healing miracles will be correctly reassembled after centuries in the wrong order

Local researchers work to uncover story behind mysterious mural in English church

Residents of a Surrey village are piecing together the history of the colourful and detailed paintings done by a local woman more than 100 years ago

Bavarian frescoes are confirmed to be among the oldest in northern Europe

New examinations of John the Baptist wall paintings in Augsburg cathedral date them to more than 1,000 years ago

As Italy’s museums reopen, visitors flock for last chance to see reunited Bologna masterpiece broken up 300 years ago

Last week of once in a lifetime exhibition displaying the Griffoni Polyptych—a 16-piece panel painting dating from 1472—at Bologna’s Palazzo Fava

Is this ‘enormously powerful’ painting of Jesus Christ by El Greco? Spanish expert questions new attribution

Art history scholars disagree over possible discovery of work by Renaissance master, which is owned by private collector

Booksreview

Master of the putti: instructive book explores Albrecht Dürer's obsession with the little cherubs

Survey including 91 illustrations shows how the artist used the winged gods prolifically in his work

Artist designs Día de los Muertos altar in Brooklyn for those who died during the pandemic

New Yorkers are invited to leave a remembrance of loved ones at Scherezade Garcia’s ofrenda at Green-Wood Cemetery

Why we should be concerned about President Erdogan turning museums into mosques

Hagia Sophia and the Chora Church will remain “open to all”, Turkish government promises—but restricted access may not be the primary worry

Vandals smash statue of Mary Magdalene in French chapel—apparently because she is naked

A note was left at the scene by the perpetrators saying they “did not accept” that the saint should be “represented in such a way”

Send the religious art in museums back to the churches, says the director of the Uffizi gallery

Eike Schmidt says up to a thousand works are languishing in state-run stores all over Italy

The art world's favourite Easter and Passover images

We asked artists, museum directors, art historians and public figures who love art to pick the images that mean something to them at this time

Pope Francis, his crucifix and the Virgin Mary: miraculous or merely traditional?

Art history removes the numinous from art. At the Vatican’s Covid-19 blessing we saw it invoked again

Medieval books’ margins are shown to be areas of dissent and fun, rather than mere doodling

The extra-textual decoration of medieval illuminated manuscripts are full of clues about sections of society normally overlooked by historians

Booksreview

How to try to understand Jusepe de Ribera's many scenes of violence

The Spanish artist’s extraordinary paintings of tortured bodies and tormented souls

Hundreds of Christians protest against McJesus sculpture at Haifa Museum of Art in Israel

Finnish artist Jani Leinonen has asked museum to remove the work—with no response

Giovanni da Rimini's images of religious splendour shine in the National Gallery

A Renaissance masterpiece is unveiled, but its mystery remains unsolved

Newsarchive

New culture war takes root in US as major news outlet censors art

Artists say they are under pressure to tone down their work after Associated Press removes images of controversial pieces

Libyaarchive

Libyan shrines under attack as militant Islamists target Muslim mausoleums

Protesters demand protection for cultural heritage as clashes turn violent

Dom Icony brings icons to the blind in central Moscow

Created in consultation with the Russian Society for the Blind, Nadezhda Gubina and her husband Igor Vozyakov have created a didactic and tactile exhibition

Lawsuitsarchive

Widow and ex-wife battle over Russian collector Mikhail de Boire’s icons

When his former wife gave part of $30m collection to the Pushkin Museum, his last wife called in lawyers to determine the fate of 75 icons from north Russia

No, not Madonna the singer, the V&A's new Medieval and Renaissance galleries

How the Victoria & Albert Museum’s new Medieval and Renaissance galleries have dealt with our ignorance of Christianity

Tehranarchive

Iran's Saba Cultural Institute announces Russian Orthodox icons show

The news comes as unexpected due to suppression of religion freedom in the nation

Orthodox Church seeks control of Moscow icon museum

The fate of Ryazan's Art and History Museum could set a precedent for restitution

V&A sends stolen monstrance on long-term loan to Spain

The 16th-century silver object had been taken from a church in Toro in 1890

Interview with Andres Serrano: Mining the seamy side for all it’s worth

After sacrilege and violent death the artist whom the moral majority (minority?) love to hate, is now into explicit sex

The National Gallery provides a grand overview of Lorenzo Lotto, the 16th century painter with a still undefined image

The exhibition contains some stunning examples of Lorenzo Lotto’s approach to portraiture, which is to show the private rather than the public individual

Mysterious religious treasures from Mount Athos go on display in Thessaloniki

The monastery has been forbidden to women since 1060 and remains barely accessible to laymen, making this public exhibition an opportunity of a lifetime

The Westminster Retable: technically daring and now in danger

£250,000 needed to restore the greatest English medieval altarpiece

Save a medieval rarity spared by the Reformation and Civil War: Thornham Parva retable in urgent need of conservation

Unless a small Suffolk church can raise £168,000 to conserve one of the earliest English paintings, it may have to sell it

Patriarch Aleksey II of Moscow and All Russia on restitution: "Places of worship first, museums second"

The official position of the Russian Orthodox Church, as explained by its spokesman

World War II ends for a small town in eastern Germany as treasures are finally returned

Church valuables were dispersed in 1945, reunited in 1992, and return home in 1993

Tug-of-war over baroque church of San Luca in Genoa as baroque gem falls into ruin

The Spinola family has created a Foundation and is looking for sponsors; the State would like to get possession of the sadly-neglected building

New exhibition on Cola dell’ Amatrice, a Raphaelesque shrinking violet

The exhibition at he Pinacoteca Civica di Palazzo Arringo is open until 15 October

Nazi 'degenerate art' show to be reconstructed in LA

An irony that the American art world will enjoy after the Mapplethorpe censorship row: the N.E.A. is sponsoring a partial replay of the Nazi “Entartete Kunst” exhibition of 1937

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