Restoration of the early 15th century French “Prayers in the Orchard” reveals previously unknown figures of the donor/dedicatee Louis d’Orleans (regent of France) and Saint Agnes under a layer of brown paint.
Here is a great new website with virtual tours of a landmark later 19th century interior, the Peacock Room: The Story of the Beautiful.
A woman in France defaced Liberty Leading the People by writing on it with black permanent marker–thank heavens for varnish is all I have to say….
A link to the story: http://artdaily.com/index.asp?int_sec=11&int_new=60631#.URaZZj15ddg
I am a bit belated, but here are a series of links on NYC’s Grand Central in commemoration of its 100th birthday:
Celebrating Grand Central, Then and Now (this one is not to be missed for its pdf of the relevant pages of the NY Times on opening day)
New Tombs Discovered in Xinjiang, Contemporary with Tang Dynasty (and many dedicated to infants).
Faberge: Legacy of Imperial Russia at the Hong Kong Heritage Museum (6 February-29 April 2013
The Wonders of Ancient Mesopotamia at the Hong Kong Museum of History (30 January-13 May 2013)
A Hundred Chinese Paintings from the Hong Kong Museum of Art (22 March to 30 October 2013)
Interior Passageway Cleaning in Colosseum yields a much more colorful impression than previously thought, as well as graffiti.
Photograph of 19th Century African-American Sculptor Edmonia Lewis Discovered by the Walters Art Museum