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Renaissance shipwreck found in Baltic Sea

Plus: the Netherlands establishes endowment fund at MFA Boston | and Portland Museum of Art awarded $4.6m in lawsuit

24 July 2019

Our daily round-up of news from the art world

Renaissance shipwreck found in Baltic Sea | A shipwreck dating to the late 15th or early 16th century has been discovered by an international team of scientists in the Baltic Sea. With its entire hull structure intact, as well as all of its masts, the ship is believed to be the best-preserved vessel from the early modern period discovered in modern times.

The Netherlands establishes endowment fund at MFA Boston | The Dutch Ministry of Foreign Affairs has announced its intention to create a permanent endowment fund to support the Center for Netherlandish Art (CNA) at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. The fund will enable academics, students and institutions from the Netherlands to participate in programmes at the CNA. Scheduled to launch in 2020, the CNA will promote research into Dutch and Flemish works of art.

Portland Museum of Art awarded $4.6m in lawsuit | The Portland Museum of Art has been awarded $4.6m in a lawsuit. A jury concluded that the late Eleanor Potter, a benefactor who had promised a substantial bequest to the museum, was coerced by her caretaker into changing her will before her death.

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