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A paradox revealed through portraiture

A photograph taken seven years before her passing says much about the life, times and character of the trailblazing Meherbai Tata The much-loved wife of Dorabji Tata and daughter in-law of Jamsetji Tata, the founder of the Tata group, Meherbai Tata was a woman of personality. A participant in the ornamental theatrics of being imperial within Empire, one finds her name regularly among the maharajas, nawabs and begums in royal chronicles. And deservedly so. Meherbai was honoured with the ‘Comm...
Tags: Art, London, Life, India, History, Heritage, Paris, Buckingham Palace, Victoria, Lafayette, Rembrandt, Mumbai, Queen Victoria, Tata, Reed, George V

Glastonbury among those to share £400m from Covid recovery fund

Culture secretary announces details of second tranche of grants and loans for arts and heritage sectorCoronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageMore than 2,700 arts and heritage organisations, from Glastonbury festival to Bamburgh Castle to the Young Vic, are to share £400m in grants and loans from the UK government’s culture recovery fund.The culture secretary, Oliver Dowden, announced details of the second big tranche of money from a £1.57bn fund, which was unveiled last July...
Tags: Politics, UK, Theatre, Culture, Heritage, Stage, Festivals, Arts policy, Glastonbury, Vic, Bamburgh Castle, Coronavirus, Oliver Dowden

2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed – Loaded Like a Freight Train

The Bentley Continental GT Speed is 650 HP and 664 ft.-lb. of torque, with an eight-speed, dual-clutch transmission, and all-wheel drive. It’ll do 0-60 in 3.5-seconds, with a top speed of 208 MPH, the third generation of Speed models, details of which were released today. Years ago, when the first Continental GT Speed was introduced, […] The post 2022 Bentley Continental GT Speed – Loaded Like a Freight Train appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Europe, Design, Technology, Germany, Speed, Heritage, Luxury, Autos, Engines, Bentley, Continental, Bentley Continental, Enthusiasm, Bentley Motors, Rare Rides, Grand Tourer

'Self-satisfied pork butcher': Shakespeare grave effigy believed to be definitive likeness

Exclusive: Bust in Holy Trinity church was modelled by tomb-maker Nicholas Johnson, research findsThey say you should never meet your heroes, which has been just as well for literature fans who for centuries have been told they would never even see an accurate likeness of William Shakespeare. Until recently, there were only two definitive portraits of the playwright widely regarded to be the greatest writer in the English language and both were thought to have been painted posthumously. Art crit...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, William Shakespeare, Shakespeare, Nicholas Johnson, Thomas Overbury

Ikea to Lulu via John Lewis: The short shelf life of interior design at No 10

Decorating the PM’s flat is always a costly affair, but Boris Johnson and Carrie Symonds are moving up to a new luxury price pointThe Wallfashion Bureau, a group representing the British wallpaper industry, declared itself insulted. Derry Irvine, the first of Tony Blair’s lord chancellors, had defended the expenditure of £59,000 on handmade wallpaper on the grounds that “you are talking about quality materials which are capable of lasting for 60 or 70 years. You are not talking about something d...
Tags: Politics, John Lewis, Design, UK News, Heritage, Ikea, Tony Blair, Boris Johnson, Lulu, Melania Trump, Carrie Symonds, Wallfashion Bureau, Derry Irvine, Terry Langstroth

Reviving Mosul’s Cultural Museum, Six Years After ISIS Destroyed It

It was six years ago last week that extremist forces rampaged through the place, smashing ancient Assyrian sculptures with sledgehammers, burning books, looting anything sellable, and wrecking the building. Here’s a look at how a consortium assembled by the Smithsonian, the Louvre, the World Monuments Fund, and the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage is assessing the extent of the damage (yes, still) and making plans to repair it. – Artnet
Tags: Art, Isis, Heritage, Louvre, Visual, Mosul, 03.02.21, Iraqi State Board of Antiquities

'We want our riches back' – the African activist taking treasures from Europe's museums

Mwazulu Diyabanza has been fined and jailed for entering museums and forcibly removing ‘pillaged’ African artefacts. He tells our writer why the British Museum is now in his sightsMwazulu Diyabanza makes no secret of why he is in France. If coronavirus had not closed most of Europe’s museums, the Congolese activist would probably be inside one right now, wresting African objects from their displays to highlight what he sees as the mass pillaging of the continent by European colonialists.And it’s...
Tags: Art, Europe, France, Africa, Race, UK News, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Sculpture, Netherlands, Colonialism, Indigenous Peoples, Art Theft

Cornwall to stage rare performance of 14th century Ordinalia cycle

One of British Isles’ oldest works of drama to be performed for only third time in 300 yearsA medieval amphitheatre in the far south-west of Cornwall is to be the spectacular venue in the autumn for a rare rendering of one of the British Isles’ oldest works of drama.Hundreds of professional and amateur actors and backstage workers will be involved in putting on the 14th century Ordinalia cycle – three plays that tell the story of the creation, the passion and the resurrection. Continue reading.....
Tags: Theatre, UK News, Culture, Heritage, Stage, Cornwall, Isles

'There are plenty of schlongs in art' – Maggi Hambling defends her nude sculpture of Mary Wollstonecraft

Her tribute to the feminist icon caused outrage at last month’s unveiling, but the artist has no regrets. She hits back at her critics – and explains why this women’s rights pioneer had to be nakedMaggi Hambling is listing her favourite sculpted penises. “The Elgin marbles,” she says. “Michelangelo’s David. And Shelley’s, though it is rather small.” She means the Shelley memorial, Edward Onslow Ford’s attempt to depict the sea-shrunken corpse of the drowned poet. She takes a drag on her cigarett...
Tags: Art, Books, Women, Life and style, World news, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Men, Mayfair, Mary Wollstonecraft, SHELLEY, Maggi Hambling, Marlborough Gallery

Supreme court hears arguments in landmark cases over art stolen by Nazis during Holocaust

Disputes will test the limits of the jurisdiction of US courts as judges weigh whether property stolen from Jews can be recoveredThe US supreme court is wrestling with the vexed question of whether art and other property stolen by the Nazis from Jews in Germany and Hungary can be recovered or recouped through the US courts.On Monday, the nine justices heard oral arguments in two cases. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Germany, Nazis, Religion, US, World news, US news, Hungary, Holocaust, Second world war, Heritage, US supreme court, Law (US

Nazi art dispute goes to US supreme court in landmark case

Heirs of Jewish art dealers bring case over Guelph Treasure that defence lawyers say could open floodgatesA 12-year wrangle over a rare collection of medieval ecclesiastical art sold by Jewish art dealers to the Nazis in 1935 will arrive in front of the highest court in the US on Monday, in a landmark case defence lawyers say could open the floodgates for restitution battles from all over the world to be fought via the US.The supreme court will hear oral arguments on whether the dealers’ heirs c...
Tags: Art, Europe, Supreme Court, Law, Germany, Religion, US, World news, US news, Culture, Art and design, Second world war, Heritage, US supreme court, Nazism, Law (US

Concrete jungle: the brutalist buildings of northern England – in pictures

A new book captures the most aspirational and enlightened architecture of the north’s postwar years – featuring competitive church building and an endless supply of reinforced concrete Continue reading...
Tags: Books, England, Design, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Manchester, Greater Manchester, Yorkshire, Construction industry, Lancashire, Modernism, Northumberland, Cumbria, Art and design books

Why I hate the Mary Wollstonecraft statue | Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett

Was a tiny, silver, ripped nude really the correct way to honour ‘the mother of feminism’? Admirers like me never expected to be left contemplating whether she had a full bushIt took 200 years, not to mention a decade of fundraising, for a memorial to the great feminist thinker and writer Mary Wollstonecraft to be commissioned and unveiled today at Newington Green in north London, where she lived and worked. For too long, campaigners felt, Wollstonecraft had remained relatively obscure and, from...
Tags: Art, Books, London, Women, Life and style, UK News, Culture, Feminism, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Mary Wollstonecraft, Black Lives Matter Movement, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett, Maggi Hambling, Wollstonecraft

'We have lost a limb': Azu Nwagbogu, the visionary curator bringing African art home

From helping photographers capture the Nigerian protests to exhibiting during a pandemic, the director of LagosPhoto festival has had his work cut out. Now he wants to fight ‘afro-pessimism’ and the posturing around Black Lives MatterWhen I first spoke to Azu Nwagbogu, the recent protests against police brutality in his native Nigeria had just entered their second week. The curator was upbeat, describing them as “an incredible awakening”. A week later, when we made contact again, he sounded more...
Tags: Art, Photography, Nigeria, Africa, Race, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Festivals, Identity politics, Exhibitions, Lagos, Lekki, Azu Nwagbogu

A selfie set in stone: hidden portrait by cheeky mason found in Spain 900 years on

A British art historian’s painstaking study of the cathedral in Santiago de Compostela uncovered a medieval prankHe is a medieval in-joke, a male figure carved in the early 12th century for one of the world’s greatest cathedrals, but no one has known of his existence until now. The figure has gone unnoticed by millions of worshippers who have made the long pilgrimage to Santiago de Compostela in Galicia, north-western Spain over the centuries. He has looked down on them from the top of one of th...
Tags: Art, Europe, Religion, Spain, World news, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Santiago, Galicia, Santiago De Compostela, Sculpture, Archaeology, Spain Holidays, Santiago De Compostela Holidays

Looted landmarks: how Notre-Dame, Big Ben and St Mark's were stolen from the east

They are beacons of western civilisation. But, says an explosive new book, the designs of Europe’s greatest buildings were plundered from the Islamic world – twin towers, rose windows, vaulted ceilings and allAs Notre-Dame cathedral was engulfed by flames last year, thousands bewailed the loss of . The ultimate symbol of French cultural identity, the very heart of the nation, was going up in smoke. But Middle East expert Diana Darke was having different thoughts. She knew that the origins of th...
Tags: Europe, Books, Design, Religion, World news, Syria, Culture, Architecture, Middle East and North Africa, Art and design, Heritage, Paris, Middle East, Christianity, Islam, Notre Dame

(Not) For Your Eyes Only: Jaguar Land Rover Loses Bid to Squash Defender Lookalike

Imitation, as the saying goes, is the sincerest form of flattery, but Jaguar Land Rover’s been burned in the past, what with a certain Chinese automaker rolling out near carbon copies of its Range Rover Evoque crossover. In the Defender lies far more heritage, but JLR just lost a bid to keep the visual rights […] The post (Not) For Your Eyes Only: Jaguar Land Rover Loses Bid to Squash Defender Lookalike appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Heritage, Autos, Jaguar Land Rover, Land Rover, Law And Order, SUVs, Trademarks, Ineos, JLR, Grenadier, News Blog, Defender, Product Planning, Ineos Grenadier

Time To Repatriate Africa’s Heritage

It’s a familiar story across Africa: 90 to 95 percent of Africa’s heritage is held outside the continent, according to a 2018 report commissioned by French President Emmanuel Macron. Given the shameful manner in which African artifacts were taken and the collapse of the colonial empires that enabled the looting, it is time for European institutions to reevaluate claims of restitution. – Foreign Policy
Tags: Art, Africa, Heritage, Visual, Emmanuel Macron, 07.28.20

It's a botch-up! Monkey Christ and the worst art repairs of all time

As another religious painting restoration goes horribly wrong, we take a look at some of the finest examples of butchered statues, art installations and frescoes In the latest instalment of the greatest genre of art news – and I write that as a lover of art – another restoration has gone awry. The word “awry” is being generous.This is the revelation that a private collector, based in Valencia, paid €1,200 (£1,070) for a restoration job on baroque painter Bartolomé Esteban Murillo’s Immaculate C...
Tags: Art, Religion, Painting, Spain, World news, Turkey, Culture, Canada, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Portugal, Installation, Valencia, Damien Hirst, Mary

QOTD: Are We Done With Retro?

Nothing like a nice evening drive on a warm summer’s night, streetlights whipping by as the western horizon glows with hues of peach and lavender. Yessir, there’s nothing like some leisurely motoring. And what’s that up ahead? Oh, an FJ Cruiser, Toyota’s answer to the retro craze sweeping the industry back in the early to […] The post QOTD: Are We Done With Retro? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Heritage, Autos, Toyota, Retro, Qotd, News Blog, Styling, Question of the Day

Christie's withdraws 'looted' Greek and Roman treasures

Four antiquities pulled from auction after claims they came from illicit excavations Christie’s has quietly withdrawn four Greek and Roman antiquities from auction this month amid allegations that they had been looted from illicit excavations.The items were in the original brochure catalogue but later removed from the online site with no explanation. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Christie

Police seize 19,000 stolen artefacts in international art trafficking crackdown

101 suspects arrested and rare cultural treasures recovered in huge global investigation Two huge international police operations targeting the trade in stolen artworks and archaeological artefacts have led to the arrest of 101 people and the recovery of more than 19,000 items, including a pre-Columbian gold mask, a carved Roman lion and thousands of ancient coins. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Americas, Spain, World news, Colombia, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Archaeology, Art Theft

France to sell some of nation's antique furniture to support hospitals

About 100 objects dating from 19th century expected to be auctioned by Mobilier National Coronavirus – latest updatesSee all our coronavirus coverageFrance is to sell off some of the nation’s antique furniture to support the country’s hard-pressed hospitals.The Mobilier National – the national furniture collection – is drawing up a list of objects in storage that will be auctioned off in September. Continue reading...
Tags: Europe, Design, France, World news, Culture, Heritage, Coronavirus outbreak

QOTD: Looking for a Legacy?

No, this question has nothing to do with a certain Subaru; rather, it’s a call to gaze into the past while still keeping an eye on the present. Retro styling cues, little design nods to a model’s heritage, are common in the auto industry, but the practice normally takes a one-size-fits-all approach. In other words, […] The post QOTD: Looking for a Legacy? appeared first on The Truth About Cars.
Tags: Design, Heritage, Autos, Retro, Subaru, Qotd, News Blog, Question of the Day

The adoration of Ghent: art, history and flavours in Flanders

Medieval and magical, vibrant and edgy – the Belgian city is a sensory overloadPlundered, dismantled and stolen, it’s a miracle that the Ghent Altarpiece – also known as the Adoration of the Mystic Lamb – by brothers Hubert and Jan Van Eyck, has survived. Now a forensic, seven-year restoration of the 15th-century polyptych has revealed the brilliance of its original palette and details – tendrils of angelic hair, the gleam of a copper fountain – darkened over time. To celebrate, curators at Ghen...
Tags: Travel, Art, Life and style, Art and design, Heritage, Flanders, City Breaks, Cultural Trips, Short breaks, Ghent, Europe Holidays, Hubert, Jan van Eyck, Belgium holidays, Mystic Lamb, Ghent holidays

Rome unveils shrine dedicated to city's mythical founder

Newly found monument honouring Romulus includes 2,600-year-old sarcophagusA newly discovered ancient shrine believed to have been dedicated to the cult of Romulus, the legendary founder and first king of Rome, has been unveiled.The monument was discovered by archaeologists in a chamber beneath the Roman Forum, the political heart of the Roman empire, and includes a 2,600-year-old sarcophagus and a circular stone structure that is believed to have been an altar. Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Europe, Science, World news, Rome, Culture, Architecture, Art and design, Heritage, Sculpture, Italy, Archaeology, Romulus

Historic Uzbekistan theatre under threat from developers

The independent Ilkhom theatre in Tashkent opened under Soviet rule in 1976A cherished independent theatre in Uzbekistan is fighting eviction after real-estate developers in the booming capital selected its historic location for a new business centre.The Ilkhom theatre of Mark Weil, which has provided a rare venue for experimental theatre and culture in Tashkent since the Soviet era, says it could be forced out of its home for up to two years because of renovations required by a new building own...
Tags: Theatre, Communities, Society, World news, Culture, South and Central Asia, Heritage, Stage, Uzbekistan, Regeneration, Tashkent, Mark Weil

Ickworth embraces enforced darkness to spotlight art collection

Rotunda at National Trust property exploits gloom from scaffolding to stage exhibitionA 200-year-old Italianate palace, hidden away in the Suffolk countryside and currently encased in more than 270 miles of scaffolding, is to hold an exhibition that is only taking place because it is undergoing £5m of conservation works.Ickworth, a Georgian estate and one of the most photographed of all National Trust properties, will on Satuday open its magnificent but leaky Rotunda to show off world class work...
Tags: Art, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, The National Trust, Exhibitions, National Trust, Suffolk, Ickworth

How to fight the far right? Invite them in – the German museum taking on hate

Dresden has declared itself in the grip of a ‘Nazi emergency’. But when one museum boss was targeted by extremists for promoting ‘non-German art’, she asked them to pop byWhen museum director Hilke Wagner went to the opening of a new public artwork in Dresden’s market square, she anticipated a friendly gathering of culture lovers. Instead, she and her colleagues found themselves surrounded by far-right protesters with megaphones, vilifying the sculpture’s organisers and its Syrian-German artist ...
Tags: Art, Europe, Activism, Protest, Germany, Religion, Society, World news, Culture, Art and design, Migration, Heritage, Museums, Refugees, Identity politics, The far right

10 of the UK’s best tiny theatres and cinemas

Audiences at these little independent theatres and cinemas can be sure of an intimate experience, especially in a venue on wheels that seats just eightWhile its claim to be the “smallest cinema in the solar system” may not be strictly provable, Sol Cinema is certainly the smallest in Britain to be powered entirely by the sun. It’s also a peripatetic cinema, with its screen, projector, surround-sound speakers and plush bench seating for eight fitted into a tiny vintage Bluebird Eurocamper caravan...
Tags: Travel, UK, Film, Theatre, Culture, Britain, Heritage, Stage, Day trips, Top 10s, South Wales, Cultural Trips, United Kingdom Holidays

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