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Prehistoric Cave Etchings Found In Spain Feature Surprising Animal

More than 50 cave etchings thought to be around 14,500 years old have been found in the northern Spanish town of Lekeitio. Bizkaia regional official Unai Rementeria announced the discovery in a press conference Thursday. He said the etchings were a "treasure of mankind," and "of exceptional technical quality and visibility," adding yhat experts have praised the etchings as the "most spectacular" in the Iberian peninsula. The region of Bizkaia neighbors the region of Cantabria, home to the...

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France Seizes $27M Picasso Masterpiece Smuggled From Spain

French custom officials in the island of Corsica have seized a 24 million-euro masterpiece by Pablo Picasso that was banned from leaving Spain where it is considered a national treasure. Corsican authorities say in a statement Tuesday they were tipped off about an attempted smuggling of the prized 1906 painting, "Head of a Young Woman," to Switzerland. The oil painting, which comes from the Cubist master's "pink period" and features a woman with long black hair, was seized from a boat cargo on...

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Egypt Bombing Damages Islamic Art Museum

Centuries-old glass and porcelain pieces were smashed to powder, a priceless wooden prayer niche was destroyed and manuscripts were soaked by water spewing from broken pipes when a car bombing wreaked havoc on Cairo's renowned Islamic Art Museum. Experts scrambled to try to save thousands of priceless treasures as ceilings crumbled in the 19th-century building, which had just undergone a multi-million-dollar renovation. The explosions, which targeted police and the main security headquarters,...

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Picasso Painting Sets World Record for Art at Auction $179M

A painting by Pablo Picasso has set a world record for art sold at auction. Picasso's "Women of Algiers (Version O)" sold for $179 million on Monday night at Christie's auction house in New York City. The price includes the buyer's premium. The vibrant, multi-hued painting features a scantily attired female amid smaller nudes. Francis Bacon's "Three Studies of Lucian Freud" previously held the record when it sold for $142.4 million in 2013. The Picasso painting was among two dozen masterpieces...

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Chris Brown and Street Artist KAI Painted Graffiti This Week for an Upcoming Street Art Auction in M

Continuing his love affair with street art , Chris Brown picked up the cans again this week for Fine Art Auction Miami 's Urban Art Week. He and street artist KAI spent three days in Wynwood Miami painting seven pieces and the hood of a vintage Porsche, each of which will be up for bids in FAAM's Street Art Auction this Monday. Half of the proceeds from the auction of KAI and Chris' work will go to benefit the Arts & Business Council of...

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London's National Gallery Prevails In 'Stolen' Matisse Lawsuit

Reuters has reported that the National Gallery in London on Thursday won the dismissal of a lawsuit in which three grandchildren of a muse of the artist Henri Matisse sought to recover a painting they said was stolen shortly after World War Two. U.S. District Judge Valerie Caproni in Manhattan said the museum and Great Britain were shielded by sovereign immunity, and the grandchildren waited too long to sue for the return of “Portrait of Greta Moll.”

Oliver Williams and Margarete Green,...

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Researchers Find New Ancient Painting in Australia

Research says that inside a large cave in northwestern Australia, a newly discovered yamlike shape on a ceiling may be at least 16,000 years old. Archaeologist June Ross of the University of New England in Armidale, Australia says that the discovery joins a small number of drawings and paintings from Down Under that have been dated to around the same time or earlier. Without a confirming radiocarbon date, the age estimate of 16,000 years for the yamlike painting is provisional, but researchers...

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Incerdible Cave Art Trove Discovered In Spain

An exceptional set of Paleolithic-era cave drawings were discovered by Spanish archaeologists, that could rank among the best in a country that already boasts some of the world's most important cave art.

The paintings and engravings feature horses, buffalo, goats and deer, dating back 12,500-14,500 years ago.

Chief site archaeologist Diego Garate said Friday that around 70 drawings were found on ledges 1,000 feet underground in the northern Basque region, and described the site as being among...

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Tate To Unveil Matisse And The Crowds Will Be Huge

It hasn't opened yet but the exhibition of Henry Matisse's colorful, vibrant paper cut-outs at the Tate Modern Museum in London is already lauded as the exhibition of the season and is predicted to become one of the most popular ever staged in Britain. The exhibition brings together 130 works that the French artist, considered one of the most important on the 20th century, created between 1937 and 1954 by cutting pieces of paper with scissors and gluing them to create art pieces that are among...

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Tunisia's Old Regime Hopes Makeover Can Win it the Election

Tunisian presidential candidate Beji Caid Essebsi is hoping to convince voters to look past his more recent job -- speaker for the autocratic Zine El Abidine Ben Ali, who rigged elections to rule for 24 years until the country threw him out in 2011. Tunisia's presidential elections on Sunday highlight its successful shift to democracy and a new constitution. But the race between Essebsi and incumbent President Moncef Marzouki, the human rights activist named president after the first free...

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