Philippine petroglyphs threatened

Apr 21, 2014

Philippine petroglyphs threatened

On a small rock wall a short drive from Manila, enigmatic carvings that are believed to date back 5,000 years are in danger of disappearing before their mysteries can be solved. The 127 engravings of people, animals and geometric shapes are the nation’s oldest ...

Portraits by George W. Bush go on display

Apr 5, 2014

Portraits by George W. Bush go on display

Former President George W. Bush is displaying his portraits of world leaders in the first exhibit of his work as an artist. The portraits, which include everyone from a grim-looking Russian President Vladimir Putin to a smiling likeness of the late Czech playwright and ...

Stolen Gauguin was on autoworker's kitchen wall for years

Apr 3, 2014

Stolen Gauguin was on autoworker's kitchen wall for years

A Paul Gauguin still life stolen from a wealthy collector’s home in Britain decades ago has been recovered after hanging for 40 years in a Sicilian autoworker’s kitchen. The worker bought the painting along with one of lesser value by another French artist, Pierre ...

German ready to return Nazi-looted art to Jewish owners

Mar 28, 2014

German ready to return Nazi-looted art to Jewish owners

An elderly German recluse is prepared to return precious paintings stolen by the Nazis from Jewish families, including a priceless Matisse, his spokesman said. Cornelius Gurlitt, 81, had stashed around 1,400 long-lost works by European masters in his Munich apartment and more than 200 ...

Huge pharaonic statues unveiled in Egyptian temple city

Mar 24, 2014

Huge pharaonic statues unveiled in Egyptian temple city

Archaeologists on Sunday unveiled two colossal statues of Pharaoh Amenhotep III in Egypt’s famed temple city of Luxor, adding to an existing pair of world-renowned tourist attractions. The two monoliths in red quartzite were raised at what European and Egyptian archaeologists said were their ...

Mar 22, 2014

Man admits to '99 theft of Rembrandt

A Frenchman has claimed responsibility for the theft of a Rembrandt painting worth millions that was stolen from a French museum in 1999 and recovered last week, a source said Friday. The 43-year-old from Lot-et-Garonne in southwest France told police he had stolen the ...

Vatican to digitize manuscripts with NTT, put them online

Mar 21, 2014

Vatican to digitize manuscripts with NTT, put them online

The Vatican library Thursday began a project to digitize thousands of historical manuscripts, dating from the origins of the church to the 20th century, and make them available online. Working with the technology group NTT Data, the library intends to scan and digitally archive ...

Mar 11, 2014

In Mona Lisa smile, U.S. art buff sees statement on women's rights

It has taken him 12 years, but an amateur art historian from Texas reckons he has solved the mystery of the enigmatic smile that graces Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa” — five centuries after the masterpiece was painted. In a just-published book, “The Lady ...

Neighbors thwart Banksy mural theft attempt

Feb 26, 2014

Neighbors thwart Banksy mural theft attempt

Neighbors in New Orleans foiled what police say was an attempt to steal a chunk of cinder block wall bearing a painting created by the world-renowned graffiti artist Banksy. The building’s owner called police Friday evening, saying someone was attempting to cut out the ...