Reflected Infrared Light Unveils Never-Before-Seen Details of Renaissance Paintings

From ScienceDaily Part of the fresco by the Zavattaris in the Theodelinda’s Chapel, Duomo of Monza (Italy). The artworks, executed between 1440 and 1446 are extremely rich and complex, featuring different fresco techniques, gold and silver decorations and reliefs. Color photography (a), and imaging in the NIR (b), compared to the TQR image (c). (Credit: […]


China’s Palace Museum to become world-class

From China Daily The curator of the Palace Museum, known as the imperial Forbidden City, has described how he and his colleagues are striving to turn the site into one of the world's top museums through an improved blueprint. Shan Jixiang said at a media briefing on Friday that the attraction will be positioned alongside […]


At Museum on 9/11, Talking Through an Identity Crisis

By Patricia Cohen from The New York Times   Photo by Fred R. Conrad of The New York Times It seemed self-evident at the time: A museum devoted to documenting the events of Sept. 11, 2001, would have to include photographs of the hijackers who turned four passenger jets into missiles. Then two and a […]


Of Marbles and Men: Turkey gets tough with foreign museums and launches a new culture war

From The Economist Photo by: heydrienne In the spring of 1887 a Lebanese villager named Mohammed Sherif discovered a well near Sidon that led to two underground chambers. These turned out to be a royal tomb containing 18 magnificent marble sarcophagi dating back to the fifth century BC. The Ottoman sultan, Abdul Hamid II, ordered […]


A Museum Turns Wind Into Gold

By William Yardley from The New York Times The new wing of the Maryhill Museum of Art, foreground, is partly financed by income from wind turbines on the museum's rural acres, in Washington State. Photo by Matthew Ryan Williams/The New York Times The big winds that rake this nearly treeless channel of the Columbia River […]


Against the Infantilization of the Natural History Museum

From Justin Erik Halldor Smith It has often struck me that no greater misfortune can befall a natural history museum than for it to come into enough money for renovations. These typically take the form of interactive screens displaying 'fun facts' directed at eight-year-olds, and they require the removal of anything that reeks of the […]


A Nobelist’s Novel Museum

By Ron Gluckman from The Wall Street Journal Refik Anadol / The Museum of Innocence This museum honors a work of fiction, its exhibits and artifacts reflecting events that never took place, except in the imagination of the Nobel Prize-winning Turkish author Orhan Pamuk. In perhaps his most ambitious creation, possibly the world's only museum […]


Shouldn’t “The Dinner Party” be Over by Now?

"The Dinner Party" by Judy Chicago Photo from: Brooklyn Museum of Art By Joan Altabe from the Examiner Displaying art on the basis of gender needs to stop. It’s time already. Granted, art by women was ignored for a very long time. But that story ended and painters like Helen Frankenthaler have been able to […]


Book of the Dead Fragment Found in Australian Museum

Fragments from an Egyptian funerary text known as a Book of the Dead were discovered at Brisbane's Queensland Museum by a visiting Egyptologist. Photo by: Australian Broadcasting Corporation From CBCnews Papyrus fragments from an Egyptian funerary text known as a Book of the Dead have been discovered in the archives of the Queensland Museum in […]


Newest Michigan Museum Showcases Racist Artifacts

By Mike Householder from The Associated Press In a March 14, 2012 photo, David Pilgrim, the founder and curator who started building the Jim Crow Museum of Racist Memorabilia, adjusts a display at the museum in Big Rapids, Mich. The museum says it has amassed the nation’s largest public collection of artifacts spanning the segregation […]