Restoration

Hubert van Eyck, Jan’s older brother, painted parts of the Ghent Altarpiece

New research indicates Hubert started the work but had to stop, so Jan took over

A sneak peek at France's first cultural venue celebrating stained glass

The Cité du Vitrail will open in the medieval town of Troyes in spring 2022, but preview tours are running this weekend for the European Heritage Days

First Cupid, now a wine glass? More revelations emerge from restored Vermeer painting in Dresden

Major restoration on Girl reading a Letter at an Open Window shows a large studded goblet later covered by a green curtain

Secrets and lies: the role of restorers in art crime

Regulation of the conservation profession may be a start, but can it quash the “ego” that often motivates restorers-turned-forgers?

Manet of the Valleys: rare portrait of the artist's bespectacled cousin to be restored by National Museum Wales

Painting will undergo extensive technical examination and cleaning thanks to €20,000 grant from Tefaf fund

A year on from the devastating Beirut blast, the city’s national museum slowly reopens

Louvre specialists worked with Lebanese counterparts to repair the damaged building

Eccentric Wentworth Woodhouse estate—home to centuries-old camellias—gets set to bloom again in Yorkshire

The rambling 365-room mansion is being rescued from near collapse, starting with its tea house

British Museum to restore glass artefacts shattered in Beirut explosion

Eight vessels from the Archaeological Museum of the American University of Beirut will undergo conservation thanks to €25,000 grant from Tefaf fund

Nailed it: Kizhi Pogost church is finally restored on Russian island of remarkable wooden buildings

Newly reopened 18th-century Church of the Transfiguration, topped with 22 domes, is said to have been built without a single nail

John Singleton Copley double portrait lovingly restored, pock marks and all

So-called imperfections laid bare at the Philadelphia Museum of Art

Cinematic revival: Hong Kong's post-war landmark State Theatre to be restored by 2026

Billionaire collector and property developer Adrian Cheng is leading the project to reopen the defunct 1950s cinema as a "cultural oasis"

A fatal Mafia bombing shook Florence in 1993—now the Uffizi is fixing damage to its famous Vasari corridor with memorials of the attack

Work on the 760m-long Renaissance passageway, which has been closed for safety since 2016, will be completed in May next year

‘The Colosseum is the last thing I would spend money on’: experts angry over plans for €15m floor at Italy’s most famous site

Archaeologists object to covering the amphitheatre's unique underground space and point to more vital restoration projects in the country

Obituariesfeature

Remembering Gianluigi Colalucci, who oversaw the 14-year restoration of Michelangelo's frescoes in the Sistine Chapel

The restorer expertly honoured the "oneness of a work of art" and always balanced its historical and aesthetic qualities

'It could have been much worse': the current state of play of Notre Dame's restoration, two years after the fire

Philippe Villeneuve, the lead architect of the cathedral, is confident the Parisian landmark will reopen for the Olympic Games in 2024

Solace through conservation: World Monuments Fund makes strides in restoring war-damaged sites in Yemeni city

Amid debilitating war, conservation of mausoleum and museum palace in Taiz is now complete

Gifted to the English city 80 years ago, Coventry's medieval Charterhouse will finally open to the public

After a £4.3m National Lottery Heritage Fund grant and years of restoration, the historic priory is set to open this summer

Beirutnews

France gives €500,000 towards reconstruction of Beirut's blast-hit Sursock Museum

French aid will restore the stained-glass windows and Arab salon of the historic villa, which was severely damaged in port explosions last August

Restored Ghent Altarpiece returns to Saint Bavo's Cathedral with a temperature-controlled case and AR headsets

Medieval masterpiece by Jan and Hubert Van Eyck is being unveiled today after a three-year treatment

Walk through the 2,000-year-old Mausoleum of Augustus, Rome's first emperor

The circular tomb—used through history as a fortress, a sculpture garden and an entertainment venue—reopens as a museum after an €11m restoration

Disarming new findings on Leonardo’s Salvator Mundi

The Louvre’s examination of the picture and independent analysis suggest blessing hand and arm were not part of the artist’s original concept

Smithsonian downsizes $2bn expansion of its south campus in Washington, DC

The institution unveils planned changes to its historic Castle and Arts and Industries Building

Volunteers plan to return ‘Albert Hall of the North’ to its glory days

After years of neglect, ornate Victorian auditorium in northern seaside town of Morecambe is being saved

New hope that Istanbul orphanage—Europe's largest timber building—can be saved from ruin

After decades of neglect, a fundraising drive could restore Prinkipo Orphanage as an environmental research centre

Miró Labyrinth meanders towards restoration at south of France's Maeght Foundation

Conservation project tackles damage to Joan Miró's terraced maze of sculptures and ceramics in grounds of Modern art museum

The potato head of Palencia: defaced Spanish statue latest victim of botched restoration

Conservation professionals have questioned why Spain's heritage is continually handed over to those with no formal training

Unexploded bombs: the major hitch in this German castle's restoration

Gardens of the Babelsberg Palace in Potsdam must be probed for undetonated explosives before further renovations can take place

Russianews

US and Russia 'leave aside the politics' to restore Raphael frescoes

A grant of over $100,000 has been given from the US to St Petersburg's State Hermitage Museum for the maintenance of three 16th-century school of Raphael works

Blockbuster Vermeer exhibition—including restored 'hidden Cupid' painting—announced at Dresden's Semperbau

The show promises to be “one of the most spectacular” in the newly renovated museum's history

An invitation to sponsor a tile: keeping a roof over Jane Austen’s village home

Donations have poured in from all over the globe since the museum appealed for aid

Medieval Carlisle building gets new lease of life after perilous engineering project

The Grade I listed Fratry is now connected to the Carlisle cathedral via a new light-flooded sandstone cafe

Booksreview

Image and impotency: book reveals the palaces and pictures of some particularly hapless Habsburgs

The Mexican Emperor Maximilian, Crown Prince Rudolf and Archduke Franz Ferdinand all came to sad ends, but amassed vast estates and works of art

Beirutnews

Unesco, Icom and Louvre rally to help Beirut as museums tackle extensive explosion damage

A coalition of international museums and heritage organisations are working to provide expertise to Lebanese institutions

Hannah McGivern. with additional reporting by Gareth Harris

Saving Notre Dame's 'voice': mammoth restoration begins on cathedral's fire-damaged organ

Beginning today, the piece by piece removal and cleaning of the instrument is the latest stage of the building's reconstruction

Campaign seeks to restore the birthplace of Pennsylvania Impressionism

The foundation aims to raise $35m to acquire, restore and repurpose sites related to New Hope School of artists

Furniture restorer disfigures Murillo’s 17th-century Virgin Mary—and charges owner €1,200

Spain’s art conservation community say the country needs to better regulate the industry

Mosulnews

Unesco's plan to ‘revive spirit’ of devastated Mosul gets under way

Initiative involves local communities in rebuilding their historic landmarks and neighbourhoods

Gainsborough's newly restored Blue Boy awaits the end of lockdown

Closed by coronavirus, Huntington Library posts online video reflecting on 18-month conservation treatment of dazzling portrait

Shutdown tests mettle of UK's last major bell foundry

Taylor’s in Loughborough faces uphill struggle in fundraising drive to restore decaying buildings and create new museum

The best may be yet to come for Shakespeare monument in Stratford-upon-Avon

Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's £30,000 appeal aims to restore ambitious sculpture of the Bard in grounds of his former home

Virus outbreak delays restoration of Turkey’s Grand Bazaar

The price of gold has also spiked amid scarcity of the precious metal due to the closure of the World Heritage listed market

Glasgow School of Art will be back as a 'working art school' but restoration is mired in delays

Almost two years after fire ravaged the Mackintosh building, debate intensifies over future plans for the site

Germany offers help in restoring Notre Dame's stained-glass windows

German cathedral glass workshops have the expertise and experience necessary to undertake the restoration

Notre Dame reconstruction halted because of stringent coronavirus measures

Plans to remove the scaffolding around the fire-damaged cathedral have been put on hold

Light relief: could new lighting technology avert the need for restoration?

Precision illumination can draw out a work’s fine details without physical intervention, but some doubt it will ever replace traditional conservation

Beautiful book captures the colourful restorations of Georgian homes in London

The story of a collection of 18th-century houses in the East End that have been carefully saved after years of neglect

How medical experts helped curators discover the hidden secrets of a Senufo helmet mask

Spectral CT scans enabled the Dallas Museum of Art to identify unknown elements in the West African piece

Yemennews

Museum restoration offers rare glimmer of hope in war-torn Yemen

Yemeni authorities and World Monuments Fund team up to repair ruined National Museum in Taiz

Ghent Altarpiece: latest phase of restoration unmasks the humanised face of the Lamb of God

Second stage of open-access restoration of Van Eyck brothers’ masterpiece strips away 16th-century overpainting to reveal an abundance of fine details

Science illuminates art in Detroit’s celebration of Bruegel’s The Wedding Dance

Conservators discover that the 1566 painting was once bluer and revisit the exposure of the notorious codpieces

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

Derelict iron flaxmill is brought back to life in Shrewsbury

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

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

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

History of Dubrovnik before, during and after Yugoslav Wars is recorded in photo book

Contrast of city's devastated buildings and monuments and some of their remarkable restorations is heartening

It's official: French tycoons finalise €300m donations for fire-ravaged Notre Dame

Foundation secures funds from Bernard Arnault and François Pinault towards the reconstruction of the cathedral

King of bling’s magnificent home—destroyed by Allied bombing—is recreated in Dresden

Splendid royal state apartments of Augustus the Strong are opening to visitors again after a lavish reconstruction

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