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UPDATE: Destruction of Timbuktu World Heritage Site by Islamist Extremists Continues Unabated

As we reported on June 29, Ansar Dine, the Islamist militant sect affiliated with Al-Qaeda, has declared war on Timbuktu’s ancient  monuments, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as being “idolatrous.”  In spite of international outrage and threats of UN intervention, the militants last week destroyed yet more 700 year-old tombs containing the remains of Islamic … Continue reading

Is the Palace of Versailles the Right Venue for Exhibiting Monumental Contemporary Sculpture? Well Once Again it is Being Used as Such, and This Time it’s Portuguese Sculptor, Joana Vasconcelos.

At the age of 41, Joana Vasconcelos has became the youngest contemporary artist and the first woman to have her work on display at Versailles, following in the footsteps of Jeff Koons, Takashi Murakami, Xavier Veilhan and Bernar Venet. The use of the former home of the kings and queens of France as a venue … Continue reading

A Tribute to the great Francesco Primaticcio on his 508th Birthday

Francesco Primaticcio (1504-1570) is often omitted from the discussion of Italian mannerist artists, presumably because the majority of his career was spent in France.  His heritage however is wholly Italian, and he passed that heritage on to his French counterparts, whom he strongly influenced for most of the 16th and 17th centuries.  Primaticcio’s talents knew no … Continue reading

Heavenly Vaults: The Cathedral Photography of David Stephenson

Photographer David Stephenson was born in 1955 and received an MFA at the University of New Mexico. Stephenson has had solo exhibitions at the National Gallery of Victoria, the Cleveland Museum of Art, and the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery. His work is represented in collections including, the Bibliothèque Nationale in Paris, the National Gallery … Continue reading

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