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Conservators give the lamb in the Ghent Altarpiece a facelift, now, everyone is freaking out

When restorationists took to cleaning and conserving the Ghent Altarpiece, no one could have expected the reaction the internet was going to have. Without a doubt, the project, which has already spanned years and is only finished with its second phase, was going to turn heads. The artwork is, of course, one of the most […]

Restoration of Ghent Altarpiece reveals original painting

Conservators are in the home stretch of the second phase of a massive conservation of the Ghent Altarpiece. Set to finish in just a few weeks on the 24th, the second phase of the project will leave another section of the masterpiece by brothers Jan and Hubert Van Eyck looking good as new, and potentially […]

Giacometti sculpture damaged by cat, deemed ‘Worthless’ by experts, sells for £500,000

Fake or Fortune? is a BBC reality show where journalist Fiona Bruce along with art dealer Philip Mould investigate remarkable stories behind some of the world’s greatest artworks. The team employ old-fashioned detective skills and the latest forensic testing to reveal compelling stories of lost masterpieces, looted art, and authentication challenges. Last fall, they hosted […]

2019 RIBA winners

On June 27th, the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) recognised 54 British organisations as part of the 2019 RIBA Awards, which have continuously run since 1966. The awards that RIBA presented each of the organizations with recognise some of the UK’s best new architectural constructions while also providing a look into architectural and economic […]

Famed NASA mission control: restored and reopened

Houston, we have…guests? Just a few weeks ahead of the 50th anniversary of the Apollo 11 Moon Landing on July 20th, 1969, NASA’s Johnson Space Center Mission Control reopened after an extensive, three-year, $5 million restoration. Now the more than a million visitors who visit Space Center Houston will have the opportunity to take a […]

Monet’s ‘Water Lilies’ hidden in plain sight

Water lilies and Claude Monet (1840-1926) more or less go hand-in-hand. One of the best-known and loved Impressionist painters, Monet’s most iconic paintings are those he did of the water lilies that inhabited the pond on the grounds of the house he and his family lived in in Giverny from 1883. The lily pond there […]

A hidden Vermeer – within a Vermeer – uncovered

Girl Reading a Letter at an Open Window, one of Vermeer’s best-known and loved paintings, is getting a facelift and once it’s complete there will be an old addition new to everyone today. After 250 years in hiding, a nude cupid figure is being revealed thanks to painstakingly tedious restorative work. The figure was covered […]