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A new work by Hieronymus Bosch discovered in Kansas

V&A to House the World’s Largest Art Photography Collection | 4,500 year old Boat Discovered at Abusir Necropolis | Science Museum & Natural History Museum in Talks over West London Outpost | …Zaha Hadid: ‘I Would Love to Build a Tower in London’

2 February 2016

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Bosch Discovered in Kansas | Art historians have discovered what they are calling a ‘small but significant’ addition to the known oeuvre of Hieronymous Bosch in Kansas, Missouri. The Temptation of St Anthony, a painting long kept in storage in the collection of the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, was believed to be the work of a pupil or follower of the artist until a team of researchers involved with the Bosch Research and Conservation Project established that it was indeed the work of the Netherlandish painter. The work will go on public display for the first time alongside many other masterpieces as part of ‘Hieronymus Bosch: Visions of Genius’, an exhibition marking 500 years since the artist’s death, in ’s’Hertogenbosch, his hometown.

V&A to House the World’s Largest Art Photography Collection | More than 400,000 items are to be moved from Bradford’s National Media Museum to the V&A in order to create what will be the world’s largest collection on the art of photography, the institutions have announced. According to senior V&A photography curator Martin Barnes, it makes ‘a huge amount of sense’ to merge the two collections, as the move will bring together an unparalleled trove of artistic and scientific images under a single roof; indeed, both collections share a single origin, dating back to the days before the South Kensington Museum divided them into separate entities. The new super collection presents thrilling prospects for research and exhibitions on photography, science and the links between art and technological progress. But eyebrows have been raised: in the Guardian, Sam Jordison describes the removal of the collection from the NMM as a ‘serious blow to the long term prospects’ of the museum, and a blow to Bradford’s prestige.

4,500 year old Boat Discovered at Abusir Necropolis | Archaeologists have discovered the remarkably well preserved wreckage of a 4500 year old boat on the site of the necropolis of Abusir, just to the south of Cairo. According to Le Figaro (French language article), the team behind the discovery have established that the vessel probably belonged to the proprietor of the nearest tomb, suggesting that he was an individual ‘of high rank’, but not a member of Egypt’s royal family. Archaeologists believe the discovery of the wreckage could help to establish unprecedented details of boat building and funeral rites in Ancient Egypt.

Science Museum & Natural History Museum in Talks over West London Outpost | The big photography story is not the only news from Albertopolis. According to Building Design, both the Science Museum and Natural History Museum are in talks about the possibility of opening outposts at Old Oak Common, a wasteland of railway sidings and junkyards several miles west of Paddington station. Though the institutions have stressed the discussions are at ‘a very preliminary stage’, BD speculates that the project might well lead to a high profile design competition. If so, might we see a proposal from…

…Zaha Hadid: ‘I Would Love to Build a Tower in London’ | In today’s Times (£), Richard Morrison speaks to the notoriously outspoken starchitect, who is due to pick up her RIBA Gold Medal tomorrow. Hadid discusses her frustration at getting ‘hardly any’ work in London, her home since 1972, and the challenges facing female architects. Few revelations, then. However, for architecture gossips, she does address that interview with the BBC’s Sarah Montague back in September.

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