Political unrest forces museums and cultural centres to close in Yemen

Many artists have left the country, but those who have stayed are becoming increasingly resourceful

Published online: 27 March 2015

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President of Condé Nast International appointed chairman of V&A

Nicholas Coleridge will take up his position in November

Published online: 27 March 2015

Tate reconsiders returning Constable seascape

Advisory panel’s recommendation to restitute the painting is likely to be reviewed

Published online: 27 March 2015

Málaga’s mayor wins race to open Russian museum and pop-up Pompidou

Politician was determined to launch satellite of Paris and St Petersburg museums by end of month

Published online: 26 March 2015

Bodies like ours, but with completely different minds

The British Museum surveys ancient Greek sculptures of the human form

Published online: 26 March 2015

Trial date set after 14 charged for museum thefts

One of the accused pleads guilty to thefts of Chinese artefacts and rhinoceros horn from museums and an auction house in 2012

Published online: 25 March 2015


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A most beautiful bible

Just in time for Christmas, the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York hosts “The Winchester Bible: a Masterpiece of Medieval Art” (until 9 March 2015), an exhibition of illuminated pages from the famed medieval bible, which was written by a single scribe and illustrated by a group of painters over the course of 30 years in the 1100s. Commissioned around 1160 by the Bishop of Winchester, Henry of Blois, the multi-volume tome is currently on tour while the cathedral at Winchester undergoes renovation. The Metropolitan museum show includes two volumes of the book, and one of the volume’s pages will be turned once a month for the duration of the exhibition. In this clip, the actor John Rhys-Davies, who played Henry of Blois in “Chronicles of Light,” discusses the bible.