In Brief

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Sixteen original 15th and 16th century Malian manuscripts will go on display Friday at the Centre for Fine Arts in Brussels, The Art Newspaper reported.

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Post image for Holy Hell: Critic Alleges Major Restoration of Chartres Cathedral Is “Fake”

An intensive restoration of France’s Chartres Cathedral that replicates the interior’s original colors and patterns has earned a polemical rebuke from the critic Martin Filler, who charged that the method makes “authentic artifacts look fake.”

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Post image for How to Punch a Monet and Get Away with It

Punching a painting by Claude Monet is never a good idea, as Andrew Shannon learned the hard way last week when he was sentenced to five years in prison for putting his fist through “Argenteuil Basin with a Single Sailboat” (1874) at the National Gallery of Ireland. But if it’s a digital likeness of the $10 million Impressionist painting, like the one that awaits in “Punch a Monet,” all bets — and gloves — are off.

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In Brief

How Beast Jesus Saved a Spanish Town

by Benjamin Sutton on December 15, 2014

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Anyone who still doubts that internet memes can have an impact on the real world should pay a visit to the small town of Borja, in northeastern Spain. Thousands of tourists have been doing just that ever since local amateur art restorer Cecilia Giménez blessed us with Beast Jesus.

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Post image for Uzbekistan Museum Director Sold Artworks and Replaced Them With Fakes

The director of the State Art Museum of Uzbekistan in Tashkent was sentenced today to nine years in prison for systematically replacing works from the institution’s collection with fakes and selling off the originals over a 15-year period.

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Post image for Peru Charging Greenpeace Activists for Damaging Nazca Lines

Peru will take legal action against a group of Greenpeace activists who it says damaged the Nazca lines UNESCO World Heritage site during a climate change demonstration on Monday.

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Post image for Thomas Kinkade and the Jesus of Zionsville, a Christmas Tale

’Twas a few weeks before Christmas, and all through Zionsville, Indiana’s Thomas Kinkade Gallery,
Many creatures were stirring, shoppers out for Small Business Saturday…

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Post image for Guggenheim Seeks Volunteer Readers for On Kawara Retrospective

If you’ve ever wanted to sit at a table and read dates out loud for an hour — or rather, if you’ve ever wanted to be part of an On Kawara artwork — you’re about to get your chance.

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Post image for Citing Dubious Flora, Scholar Casts Doubt on National Gallery’s Prized Leonardo Painting

New research suggests that Leonardo da Vinci’s “Virgin of the Rocks” at the National Gallery — one of the British museum’s most prized possessions — might not be the work of the master after all, the Guardian reported.

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Post image for With Nearly 1 Billion Licensed Works, Creative Commons Takes Stock

In its first-ever “State of the Commons” report, Creative Commons — the nonprofit that aims to facilitate the free sharing and licensing of creative work — revealed that there are at least 882 million Creative Commons–licensed works currently available online, and that sometime next year that figure is expected to pass one billion.

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