Hermitage film chronicles great museum's turbulent history

Director recalls how institution has been shaped by wars, revolution and purges

Published online: 24 July 2014

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Critics of Corcoran merger plan will get their day in court

Judge decides that opponents' case should be heard next week

Published online: 23 July 2014

Jeff Koons's double exposure in Paris

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Published online: 22 July 2014

Damien Hirst's London art space due to open next spring

Situation vacant to oversee artist's exhibitions and collection

Published online: 22 July 2014

Imperial War Museum reopens in London after £40m revamp

New atrium and bigger galleries give coherence to the collection

Published online: 16 July 2014

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Published online: 10 July 2014


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Washing away the varnish

The Art Institute of Chicago bought Gustave Caillebotte’s 1877 painting Paris Street; Rainy Day in 1964. Since then, it has become one of the museum’s most popular pictures. But well-known and well-loved works of art can still yield surprises. When the museum’s conservators cleaned the painting late last year, they found that beneath its varnish, Caillebotte’s technique was more complex than they had previously believed.