Art and Culture

Panama’s pre Hispanic golden artifacts stored out of sight

PANAMA CITY — Nine years ago, a trove of intricate gold artifacts were uncovered at a little-known archaeological site in Panama. The treasures dating from over 1,000 years ago included gold beads, strange ceramic pots, and chest plates engraved with delicate designs in forms such as a squid and human face. But since their discovery …

BOOKS Cundill History Prize

MONTREAL – British historian Daniel Beer’s account of life in a Siberian penal colony has won the US$75,000 Cundill History Prize. “The House of the Dead: Siberian Exile under the Tsars” beat out works by Montreal historian Christopher Goscha and Stanford University Prof. Walter Scheidel. The award, which is run by McGill University, rewards non-fiction …

Leonardo da Vinci’s Christ painting sells for record $450M

NEW YORK — A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately. The painting, “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “Savior of the World,” is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known to …

Things to see inside the Museum of the Bible

WASHINGTON—The massive Museum of the Bible, scheduled to open Friday in Washington, has three main exhibit floors, lecture and meeting space, restaurants and a rooftop garden, a ballroom and a 472-seat theatre with wraparound projection walls. The museum is located three blocks from the Capitol and was largely funded by the owners of the Hobby …

Leonardo da Vinci’s Christ painting sells for record $450M

NEW YORK—A painting of Christ by the Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci sold for a record $450 million (380 million euros) at auction on Wednesday, smashing previous records for artworks sold at auction or privately. The painting, “Salvator Mundi,” Latin for “Savior of the World,” is one of fewer than 20 paintings by Leonardo known …

Bubble wrap bonanza: Museum packs up treasures for a remodel

DENVER — Anyone who has lived through a major home remodeling project can sympathize with Laura Elliff Cruz, collections manager for the Denver Art Museum who is in charge of relocating or trying to protect tens of thousands of treasures during a building upgrade expected to take a year. Art handlers have been bubble-wrapping, taping …

Rare painting by Leonardo da Vinci auctioned in New York

NEW YORK — A painting thought by scholars to be one of only a few by Leonardo da Vinci to have survived the half-millennia since the artist’s death is set to be auctioned Wednesday in New York, where it is guaranteed to sell for at least $100 million. Art lovers have lined up by the …

In Boston, a Dutch treat of donated Golden Age masterpieces

Boston’s art scene is getting a Dutch treat with a twist: a flurry of donated 17th-century masterpieces that experts say will change the city’s museum landscape for decades to come. First, collectors gifted the Museum of Fine Arts with 113 leading Golden Age masterpieces — including a prized Rembrandt portrait and works by Rubens and Brueghel — …

Indiana artist makes career out of knitting small treasures

INDIANAPOLIS — The sweaters with the intricate designs inspired by the art of Andrew Warhol, Picasso or a Grecian urn, can fit in the palm of a small adult’s hand. The knitted gloves sit on a fingertip. It’s hard to imagine that human hands, however deft, created the elfin-sized pieces. But these pieces originated not …

Museum explores historical, Hollywood versions of Casablanca

NATICK, Mass. — A Boston-area war museum is contrasting the reality of America’s entry into World War II with the iconic wartime film “Casablanca.” “The Real and Reel Casablanca” launched Nov. 8 at the International Museum of World War II in Natick and runs through February. The special exhibit opened on the 75th anniversary of “Operation Torch,” when Allied …

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