News and Writing on Art and Art History

Katrina Grant

Museum director Antonio Manfredi set fire to the first painting on Tuesday. Image via BBC website

Workers from the National Gallery of Victoria, Museum Victoria, the Arts Centre, the Australian Centre for the Moving Image, and Film Victoria have threatened industrial action unless the government improves its 2.5 per cent wage offer for public sector staff.

Streeton, Da Vinci and the science of seeing art’s secrets via The Conversation.

Philip Mould discovers a portrait of the Patron Saint of Transvestites in New York saleroom.

The BBC reports on an Italian museum burns contemporary art in protest at cuts to museum funding, and on The Guardian.

A US court returns Girolamo Romanino’s ‘Christ Carrying the CRoss’ to the heirs of a Jewish man from whose collection it was wrested during World War II. The painting was bought by Pinacoteca di Brera in Milan in 1998 and was seized by US authorities after being lent to a museum in Tallahassee. The painting will now be offered for sale at Christies.

Chinese jade art stolen from Cambridge’s Fitzwilliam Museum said to be worth ‘worth millions’.

Interview with Martin Kemp on ABC’s Friday Late on his new book ‘From Christ to Coke’.

Jobs and Funding

Senior Lecturer (Education and Research) – University of Exeter (closes 22nd May)

Two Lectureships in History of Art – University of Edinburgh (closes 4th May)

Caroline Villers Research Fellowship – Courtauld Institute of Art, University of London (closes 21st May)

University of Queensland Postdoctoral Fellowships (closes 28th May)

Lecturer in Art (Sculpture and Spatial Practice), Victorian College of the Arts, Melbourne University (closes 20th May)

Calls for Papers

Architecture and Image – PhilArch Conference, Boston October 2012 (closes 31st May)

2013 American Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, Cleveland (closes 1st May)

The Construction of Identity in Medieval and Early Modern Times: Reflections on a Problem in Art History, Zurich (closes 1st May)