Recent News and Writing on Art and Art History | May 11th 

Detail from Festival Book C.22.c.12, from the British Library. Via the Oxford Digital Humanities Site.

Major galleries and museum get a funding boost in the latest federal budget, while the Melbourne Museum announces job losses and changes to its exhibitions program to cover funding shortfall.

Apart from shocking human toll, Syria’s artistic and archaeological heritage is also suffering from air strikes and looting.

Researchers use science to shed new light on Albrecht Dürer ahead of  an exhibition.

Young historians accused of ‘damaging academia‘ in a bid for stardom.

Dutch Churches are closing down and their sacred art is finding new homes in Eastern Europe, Africa, Asia and Latin America.

David Packwood has launched an online connoisseurship project on the painter Nicolas Poussin. He states that the “Poussin Connoisseurship Project positions itself within that new paradigm of digital connoisseurship; it aims to bring the traditional catalogue raisonné into the realms of hyperlinks, digital databases and the expanding universe of art history on the web.”

Also new in the world of digital humanities is a project from the University of Oxford which presents over 3000 Early Modern festival books online and provides bibliographic details and historical information about the festivals, along with links to digitized versions of the texts.

The Walters Art Museum donates 19,000 freely-licensed images of its collection to Wikimedia Commons.

The NGV unveiled the restored ‘Crossing of the Red Sea’ by Nicolas Poussin (as covered on MAN here and here). Also picked up by the ABC in this TV news report.

Outgoing NGV director Gerard Vaughan in The Age ‘Just as Melbourne starts buzzing the NGV is forced to slam its doors shut’

Old news now that Munch’s ‘The Scream’ sold for $119.9 million to an unknown buyer. Most of the media just excitedly talks about records being smashed but there have been a few pieces written questioning the ridiculous sums of money being spent on art. Jerry Saltz  ‘This is Why I Hate Big Money Auctions’ and Jonathon Jones in The Guardian.

The Burlington Magazine’s most recent editorial has caused quite a stir with its criticism of the Tate Britain. The discussion has also been picked up in The Telegraph and The Guardian.

Challenges to the academic publishing model – this is all still largely focused on the sciences and big journal publishes like Elsevier, but it has a lot of ramifications for the humanities as well.

Can facial recognition software help in the study of painted portraits? A group of scholars at the University of California Riverside plan to find out.

Should indigenous rock art be moved? The Boston Globe reports on the Burrup Peninsula.

Ukrainian government accused of swapping paintings lent by the National Art Museum for fake replicas.

Art dealer claims to have spent 2 million pounds getting a painting authenticated as a Turner.

Calls for Papers

The Workshop in the Early Modern Period (UAAC Montreal, 1-3 Nov 12) – deadline 4th June

Art history Supplement July Issue “History of painting” – deadline unknown, contact journal.

Ex certa scientia: Literature, Science and the Arts – An International Conference, Portugal – deadline 30 June 2012

CHArt – Computers and the History of Art Group. Deadline June 1st


Early Career Fellowships in History, Classics and Archaeology at the University of Edinburgh – closes 23rd May.

Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Sarah Sharkey Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Global Irish Studies at UNSW – closes 15th June

Assistant Professor in Rock Art studies at the University of Western Australia – closes 8th June.

Job at Tate Britain overseeing digitisation project – Project Manager, Transforming Tate Britain – closes 12th June.