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Religious art

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New York

Artist designs Dias 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

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Cultural heritage

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

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Heritage

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”

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Museums

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

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coronavirus

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

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Religious art

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

Review
Book Shorts

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

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Books

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

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Protest

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

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Exhibitions

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

A Renaissance masterpiece is unveiled, but its mystery remains unsolved

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Exhibitions

Good things come in small packages: 16th-century microsculptures at the Rijksmuseum

These tiny masterpieces are both pious and playful

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News

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

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Libya

Libyan shrines under attack as militant Islamists target Muslim mausoleums

Protesters demand protection for cultural heritage as clashes turn violent

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Private Museums

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

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Lawsuits

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

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BBC

Art in the media: Alastair Sooke inspires, Matthew Collings takes a swipe at Tracey Emin and Martin Creed fails to enlighten

Plus, Stephen Fry as Pope Innocent X

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Victoria & Albert Museum

No, not Madonna the singer in 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

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François Pinault

Pinault’s electric chair Christ upsets the French; black version to be shown in London

Paul Fryer's work was installed in the city of Gap over Easter weekend

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Forgeries

Judge orders conclusion to case on the legitimacy of the ossuary which may have belonged to Jesus' half-brother

The forgery enquiry has lasted four years, so far

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Tehran

Iran's Saba Cultural Institute announces Russian Orthodox icons show

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

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Restitution

Orthodox Church seeks control of Moscow icon museum

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

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September 2005

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

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Art & Technology

The story of the Thornham Parva retable shows how technology is increasingly influencing art history

Conservation and connoisseurship joined at the altar

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Books

The production of works for garth and home

This study tries to prove that there was an aesthetic specific to cloistered women

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News

Cavallini discovery reopens superiority debate between Quattrocento Roman and Florentine schools

Will Cavallini or Giotto reign supreme?

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Artist interview

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

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Exhibitions

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

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Mount Athos

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

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Westminster Abbey

The Westminster Retable: technically daring and now in danger

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

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Conservation & Preservation

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

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Exhibitions

Holy Russia at the V&A, touring exhibition is repackaged for the UK

Via many points in the US

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Restitution

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

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November 1992

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

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Conservation & Preservation

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

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Exhibitions

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

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

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'Degenerate' art

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