Mosaics dating to the late Roman period have been found in a synagogue in modern Israel “challenge current notions of ancient Jewish aesthetics and the art of depicting scripture.”
“Saving the Villa of the Mysteries: Beneath the surface of Pompeii’s most famous house,” By JARRETT A. LOBELL, Monday, February 10, 2014
A new trend in art conservation has conservators working in public places…not in the conservation lab, but in galleries where the public may watch. Is this good for the art? “The public” aren’t wearing lab coats, nor are they always in small groups (more people = more humidity = more damage to works of art). One could also ask, Is it good for the public? Chemicals are (sometimes) involved in conservation. Here is an article from The New York Times that provides interesting background.
Showtime at the Musée d’Orsay: Watching Varnish Dry
How does a museum plan for a massive flood? The Louvre has had to face a potentially devastating flood this summer. Their decision to close to the public while staff prepared the collection for removal to higher levels was necessary.
Recent archaeological work in Jerusalem under what was a parking lot reveals a Greek citadel and evidence of 2nd c. BCE Greek occupation discussed in the Hebrew Bible. Read more in this National Geographic article by Andrew Lawler, April 22, 2016.
Here’s a look at how archaeologists, conservators, and forensic scientists are studying the remains of Pompeii — both the architecture, art, and the people who died.
“Syria’s ancient sites were already damaged by war. Now they’re being looted.” The Washington Post, 12/21/14.
And a link from the above article to satellite images of Syria’s World Heritage sites:
“War has damaged all but one of Syria’s World Heritage Sites, satellite images show.” The Washington Post, 9/24/14.
And a link to UNESCO’s World Heritage Site list.