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Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes – the Last Judgement from ArtWatch

Yet more depressing evidence of the disastrous effects of the so-called restoration of Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel frescoes. More power to ArtWatch for pursuing this case relentlessly and courageously for so long.  Will conservation practices change?  Only if those responsible for these mistakes acknowledge them – and there is still no sign of that happening. Advertisements

Originally posted on The Science Bit:
What is it like to be a bat? Animal behaviour is a strange area of science. Although research into genetics and evolution has shown that we are just another species of mammal, there’s still reluctance to give other animals the benefit of the doubt when it comes to things…

A visit to Roden Crater: James Turrell’s master work

Grey cinder cones march out across a flat expanse of sagebrush and scattered juniper trees.  The air is clear – you are 6,500 feet above sea level in the Painted Desert – and the horizon is dotted with buttes and mesas, some 80 miles distant.  There is hardly a sign of human life, though Native … Continue reading

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A Bigger Picture: why contemporary art curators need to get out more

Those responsible for building public collections of contemporary art suffer from tunnel-vision and need to expand their horizons, says David Barrie, former diplomat, and ex-director of both The Art Fund and The Japan Festival 1991