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Three Pompeii houses reopen to the public

Pompeii is nothing short of a gem. The Roman city offers a unique snapshot into the lives of its residents in 79 AD, before Mount Vesuvius’ eruption, and the opportunity to walk the streets that once teemed with life. Attracting millions of tourists each year, the archaeological site ‘will always require maintenance and research,’ according […]

Notre Dame forecourt could reopen next month

Following the devastating fire that engulfed Notre Dame last April, lead pollution has been amongst the top concerns within the building, itself, as well as the surrounding area. Following a stint of extensive cleaning in the area, though, the cathedral’s forecourt could be open to the public once again as early as next month. ‘We […]

From the gallery wall to the silver screen: getting artwork into a movie

When used well, an artwork can add volumes to a movie. In SKYFALL, James Bond first meets Q at London’s National Gallery. The pair sit in front of JMW Turner’s The Fighting Temeraire (1839) – you also catch a glimpse of Joseph Wright of Derby’s An Experiment on a Bird in the Air Pump (1768) […]

NEA releases survey of how adults in America interact with the arts

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) is a government supported entity in the US that helps support the arts across the country. In partnership with the US Census Bureau, they create the Survey of Public Participation in the Arts (SPPA), which shows just how involved Americans are in the arts, offering a snapshot of […]

Unusual 1889 portrait of Van Gogh found to be a self-portrait

An unusual painting of a gloomy Vincent van Gogh has been deemed to be an authentic self-portrait made by the artist. After decades of speculation, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam announced yesterday that the painting was ‘unmistakably’ created by van Gogh, himself. It is now the only known work by Van Gogh to be […]

France blocks export of Cimabue masterpiece found in kitchen

The discovery of a 13th Century Cimabue painting at an elderly woman’s home in northern France made headlines in September and now the French government has given it national treasure status by blocking its export. After being overlooked by the woman and her family as just another religious iconography, it was spotted by auctioneer Philomène […]

New study shows correlation between experiencing art and living longer

Death is a recurring theme in art from some of the oldest works to present day. Walking through most museums, you won’t have to stray far before seeing a symbol, like a skull or a clock, representing the inevitability of death and the fragility of life. A recent study published in the British Medical Journal […]