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Conservation & Preservation

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

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Museums & Heritage

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

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William Shakespeare

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

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coronavirus

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

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Restoration

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

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

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

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame reconstruction halted because of stringent coronavirus measures

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

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Restoration

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

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Book Shorts

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

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Conservation

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

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Yemen

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

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Restoration

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

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Conservation & Preservation

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

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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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Conservation & Preservation

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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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

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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Book Shorts

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

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

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

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Restoration

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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Brazil

Rio de Janeiro’s Unesco-listed slave wharf receives nearly $2m for renovation

Meanwhile, a forthcoming museum dedicated to the history of the site has faced severe delays

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Conservation

Josef Albers's Manhattan returns to its rightful place in the MetLife building

The colossal mural, recently recreated, has returned to its home near Grand Central Station

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Palmyra

'The most beautiful female bust' brought back to life with vivid colour

Ancient Palmyra’s painted lady is digitally reconstructed from traces of pigments for new exhibition at Copenhagen’s Ny Carlsberg Glyptotek

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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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Restoration

Monumental Veronese painting—once cut into 32 pieces by Austrian soldiers—to undergo fourth restoration

Work on the battle-scarred 39 sq. m Papal feast scene, housed in a monastery in Vicenza, should be completed by early 2021

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Heritage

Artists demand rethink in rebuilding of Potsdam church where Hitler cemented power

Open letter describes the Garrison Church, damaged in the Second World War, as the symbol of an “unholy alliance” between church, military, and state

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Construction on Notre Dame pushed back to 19 August as steps taken to decontaminate site from lead

Construction had been expected to start a week earlier, but new safety measures for the protection of workers are still being tested

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Ancient Egypt

Golden touch up: King Tutankhamun's coffin undergoes first ever restoration at new Grand Egyptian Museum

Famous Ancient Egyptian artefact transferred from Luxor tomb to Cairo for delicate conservation work ahead of museum opening

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Restoration

Delicate seven-year restoration of altarpiece finally completed at London's National Gallery

The 16th-century work The Virgin and Child with Saints is now back on show in the museum

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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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Restoration

A rich tapestry of English life unfurls in Oxford with restoration of 400-year-old woven maps

Three huge silk and wool works depicting England’s Midland counties have been painstakingly preserved by the Bodleian Library and the National Trust

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Architecture

Notre Dame is unstable: a strong wind could make the walls collapse, independent report says

The current approach to its restoration fails to take account of the interconnected structural “engineering” of Gothic architecture

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Britain’s historic house owners pledge ancient trees for Notre Dame rebuilding

The cathedral’s roof, wholly destroyed in the fire, was built of some 1300 great trees

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Nearly €1bn raised for Notre-Dame over two days

Several charitable and crowdfunding campaigns launched since the fire

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Museums & Heritage

Battered London tomb of the great French tightrope walker Blondin restored

The 19th-century daredevil is most famous for crossing Niagara Falls 17 times—once with a stove on which he cooked an omelette

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Cathedral of Notre Dame

Notre Dame benefits from the battle of the billionaires

Competitive philanthropy can help save France’s flagship cathedral

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Museums & Heritage

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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Museums & Heritage

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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Adventures with Van Gogh

Discoveries under the floorboards of Van Gogh’s bedroom in Brixton

Mysterious papers were found during the restoration of the south London house in Hackford Road where the Dutchman lodged

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Openings

Lost features of John Soane’s dream country home Pitzhanger Manor restored

Architects, conservation experts and paint archaeologists have collaborated on £12m project to reopen west London house

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Renaissance

Restored Raphael cartoon gets new display at Milan’s Biblioteca Ambrosiana

The full-scale preparatory drawing for the Vatican’s School of Athens fresco is going back on view after a four-year restoration

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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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Restoration

New York Botanical Garden’s landmark glass conservatory to close for renovation

$17.7m effort includes refurbishment of “palm dome” and two galleries

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Museums & Heritage

Dresden ballroom returns to gilded glory as part of €300m palace reconstruction

Residential Palace complex, a casualty of Allied bombing in the Second World War, is due to be rebuilt by 2021

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Restoration

Theaster Gates hits the floor at Park Avenue Armory

The Chicago artist will mill a portion of the period wood for the $4m project to replace the historic New York building's floor

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Heritage

How pioneering climate-change science dated one of Britain's oldest houses

Landmark Trust's restoration finds that oak timber used to build Welsh house was felled in the winters of 1418-19 and 1420-21

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Protest

Arc de Triomphe to reopen after vandalism by 'Yellow Vest' protestors in Paris

But the bust of Napoleon is still being restored

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Restoration

Queen Victoria and Fath-Ali Shah portraits, torn apart in 2011 British Embassy attack, to go back on show in Tehran

Restored paintings will form part of a new display of 66 works, including several Persian pieces bought by the UK's Government Art Collection after the attack

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Museums & Heritage

Rain threatens recovery effort at Brazil’s National Museum

Meanwhile, the museum partners with a Chinese tech firm to digitise its catalogued collection

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Conservation & Preservation

Restored, but demoted: stained-glass window not by Tiffany, expert says

River of Life depiction has been newly reattributed to J & R Lamb Studios

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Art market

Notorious forger Wolfgang Beltracchi on ethics, the art market and how to make a great fake

Now painting under his own name, Beltracchi's works are part of a selling exhibition currently touring Europe

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Contemporary art

Rachel Whiteread’s breakthrough work Ghost gets complex conservation treatment

Structural engineers and architects were among those restoring the room-sized cast at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC

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Renaissance

Isenheim Altarpiece restoration finally back on track after public outcry

More than 30 conservators will treat paintings and sculptures, seven years after French culture ministry halted reckless cleaning of two panels

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Openings

Budapest museum's Romanesque Hall returned to former glory

The Szepmuveszeti Muzeum restoration ushers in a series of ambitious art projects in Hungarian capital

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Brazil

‘Brazil’s Donald Trump’ Jair Bolsonaro may thwart efforts to rebuild Rio museum destroyed in fire

New far-right president wants to remove the country’s ministry of culture

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Conservation & Preservation

Warship figureheads restored ahead of opening for new Plymouth arts complex

Royal Navy statues are being made shipshape and ready for installation at The Box, opening in 2020

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Restoration

Urgent revamp of William Morris’s country home to go ahead after £4.3m grant

UK National Lottery award will also fund a new education centre at the Victorian designer’s 16th-century Kelmscott Manor

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Conservation & Preservation

Spain tells vandal to Kiss off after Santiago de Compostela statue defaced

Authorities vow to find rock fan who damaged Medieval statue

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Conservation & Preservation

Turin’s Chapel of the Holy Shroud—almost entirely destroyed by fire—reopens after €30m restoration

State-of-the-art conservation project that took 21 years brings masterpiece of Baroque architecture back to its former glory

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Conservation & Preservation

German court orders restorer to pay dealer €26,000 after eight-year dispute

Munich-based dealer claimed paintings he sent for cleaning had been ruined

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Openings

Edinburgh's Collective to unveil new art space in old City Observatory this autumn

Opening of restored 19th-century complex on Calton Hill has been delayed by dry rot

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Conservation & Preservation

Berlin restores murals neglected for more than a century

Only ten of the wall paintings—created in housing complexes to offer visual relief from the booming German capital—remain

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Disasters & destruction

Syrian museums seek Russian expertise to restore destroyed Palmyra sculptures

Ancient city occupied by Islamic State was retaken by Syrian army with Russian support in 2017

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Taj Mahal

Demolish or restore discoloured Taj Mahal, India's Supreme Court tells government

White marble monument, a Unesco World Heritage site, is turning yellow due to pollution and insect dung

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Restoration

The Glasgow School of Art dilemma: rebuild, leave in ruins or design a whole new school?

Alumni at odds over how to move forward after fire gutted Mackintosh’s masterpiece

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Restoration

There be dragons (again) after £5m Great Pagoda renovation at Kew Gardens

Eighty of the gaudy monsters have been recreated for the 18th-century tower at London's royal botanic gardens

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Conservation & Preservation

Huge disparity in estimates to repair vandalised Ivan the Terrible painting

Ilya Repin’s masterpiece in Moscow’s Tretyakov gallery was struck with a metal pole in May

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Conservation & Preservation

Russia opens new exhibition centre dedicated to icons

The Grabar Art Conservation Center has launched the Ovchinnikov Ikonoteka space, which is named in honour of renowned restorer

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Conservation & Preservation

Pharmaceutical company pledges to restore beauty at the Hermitage

The Hungarian firm Gedeon Richter to fund three-year project to restore works from the Russian museum that relate to the concept of female beauty

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Conservation & Preservation

World Monuments Fund gives $1m for post-quake restoration of Mexican archaeological site

Monte Albán, the ancient capital of the Zapotec people, was damaged by earthquakes in 2017

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Disasters & destruction

Can the Glasgow School of Art be saved after second fire?

Anger as focus turns to cause of blaze that ripped through Charles Rennie Mackintosh’s masterpiece

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Conservation & Preservation

Canada’s 1950s Venice Biennale pavilion gets a facelift

The upgrade to the Modernist building and its surrounding landscape has resulted in a new visitor route planned for the Giardini

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Conservation & Preservation

Reconstruction of quake-damaged church to be led by former head of Vatican Museums

Antonio Paolucci to oversee restoration of Italy's Basilica of St Benedict