David Saunders is first recipient of Getty Rothschild Fellowship

LOS ANGELES – The Getty and the Rothschild Foundation announced the creation of the Getty Rothschild Fellowship, supporting innovative scholarship in the history of art, collecting, and conservation, using the collection and resources of both institutions.
The fellowship offers art historians, museum professionals, or conservators the opportunity to research and study at both the Getty in Los Angeles and at Waddesdon Manor in Buckinghamshire, England.

The Marciano Museum of Art, LA’s newest site for modern and contemporary art - Interview with NiC

©Larry Underhill

LOS ANGELES – As announced in the last issue of NiC, participants to the IIC Los Angeles Congress will be offered an exclusive visit to Los Angeles’ newest site for modern and contemporary art – the Marciano Museum of Art.
Although the marble clad Scottish Rite Masonic Temple, designed by Millard Sheets, has been one of the landmark historic structures along the busy Wilshire Blvd of Los Angeles since its construction in 1961, it had been empty for a number of decades, and suffered from neglect for some years before that.

Historical interleaves in Moroccan manuscripts from Qatar Collections: technical analysis and significance by Amelie Couvrat Desvergnes

The heading interleaf, dyed with safflower, consists of a band of paper terminated by a circular extension to protect the illuminated title and the marginal rosette, HC-QNL 1220, 19th century, Heritage Collection of Qatar National Library, Doha, Qatar. ©Qatar National Library

This current research is part of a more comprehensive study, initiated in 2013, which aims to analyse and identify interleaving materials encountered in Islamic manuscripts. Interleaves are meant to counteract the chemical and physical deteriorations of pigments and inks contained in the illuminations and illustrations and to prevent offsetting onto the opposite pages of the book block.

Somalia’s rock art in danger of disappearing

©Abdullah Geelah - CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

HARGEISA - The cave complex of Laas Geel on the rural outskirts of Hargeisa in Somalia contain some of the earliest known cave paintings in Africa. The paintings are estimated to date to somewhere between 9,000–3,000 BC. and are considered among the oldest and best preserved rock art sites of the continent.
However, due to lack of funding and a coherent preservation plan these marvels are protected only by a few guards who ask visitors not to touch the paintings.

Madrid hosts celebrations for the European Heritage Awards

©MichiNerja CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

MADRID - Around 1,000 people from all over Europe celebrated this year’s most outstanding heritage achievements at the European Heritage Awards 2016 held at the historic Zarzuela Theatre in Madrid, Spain.,
Participants welcomed the messages on the power of heritage to revive the European project conveyed by EU Commissioner Tibor Navracsics and Europa Nostra’s President Plácido Domingo, and demonstrated firm support for the proposed European Year of Cultural Heritage 2018.

Conservators uncover ‘hidden angel’ in Bethlehem

©Diego Delso CC BY-SA 3.0 via Wikimedia Commons

BETHLEHEM - Following conservation work, a remarkable ancient mosaic of an angel has been uncovered after having being hidden for decades at the church on the site where Jesus Christ is believed to have been born.
Since 2013, a team of Italian conservators have been working with the Palestinian government in an effort to restore the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem in the occupied West Bank.

National Heritage Science Forum event: 'Opening up heritage science research'

We will have presentations from Dr Martin Poulter (Wikimedia UK) and Chi Onwurah MP (Shadow Minister for Culture and Digital Economy) on the impact of open access publishing on science and research.

This will be followed by a discussion session on opening up heritage science research, and announcements from NHSF on its support for open access publication and forthcoming award for innovation in heritage science.

8 Sep 2016

Saint Michael the Archangel back on view at the MET after restoration

©The Metropolitan Museum of Art

NEW YORK - The Metropolitan Museum of Art's late-15th-century glazed terracotta relief sculpture Saint Michael the Archangel by Andrea della Robbia (1435–1525) has returned to view in the Museum's European Sculpture and Decorative Arts Galleries.
The sculpture was damaged in a fall in 2008 and has since been restored by conservators in the Museum's Department of Objects Conservation.

Laser technology reveals hidden cities near Angkor Wat

©Damian Evans/Journal of Archaeological Science

ANGKOR WAT – Innovative airborne laser scanning technology (lidar) has revealed an extensive network of ancient cities in the Cambodian jungle around the ruins of Angkor Wat, the largest religious monument in the world.


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