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Sculpture honoring fallen soldiers scandalizes Egyptians

CAIRO (AP) — A provincial governor in Egypt has ordered changes to a sculpture honoring fallen soldiers after many on social media said it appeared to depict an unwanted advance on a woman symbolizing the country. The concrete sculpture, titled “Mother of the Martyr,” depicts a slender peasant woman, a …

LA’s Getty museum recreates China’s Cave Temples of Dunhuang

LOS ANGELES (AP) — For a thousand years China’s Cave Temples of Dunhuang were a popular traveler’s rest stop, marketplace and religious shrine on the fabled Silk Road. Now they are coming to Los Angeles, both in spirit and reality. In an exhibition curators say is unprecedented, three full-scale, hand-painted …

Experts give new details of IS destruction of Syrian museum

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The first foreign experts who visited the museum in Palmyra after it was taken over from Islamic State militants said they spent a week collecting fragments of priceless broken sculptures from the museum grounds and preparing them for transportation to Damascus in a rescue mission they …

Image of Asia: A smoke outdoors in Beijing

In this photo by Ng Han Guan, chefs enjoy a smoke near a giant sculpture of a gun, one of a variety of art pieces on display at an upmarket shopping center in Beijing’s central business district. Almost a year after Beijing banned smoking indoors, residents have embraced the regulation …

Syria troops remove mines, bombs after Palmyra taken from IS

DAMASCUS, Syria (AP) — The recapture of Syria’s ancient city of Palmyra from the Islamic State group has brought new revelations of the destruction wreaked by the extremists, who decapitated priceless statues and smashed or looted artifacts in the city’s museum. Experts say they need time to assess the full …

Modigliani nude painting fetches record $170.4M in NY

NEW YORK (AP) — A painting by Amedeo Modigliani fetched $170.4 million at an auction Monday, setting a world record for the artist and achieving the second highest price ever garnered for a work of art at auction. “Reclining Nude” was sold at Christie’s in Manhattan after a protracted bidding …

IS destroying heritage in Syria and Iraq

BEIRUT (AP) — The Islamic State group’s demolition of the St. Elian Monastery in the central Syrian province of Homs is the latest in a long campaign that has destroyed or extensively damaged some of the Middle East’s most spectacular archaeological and cultural sites. Some of the world’s most precious …

Dozens of brilliant bronze works on display at Getty Museum

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It’s almost as if the dozens of exquisitely detailed, often perfectly intact bronze sculptures on display at the J. Paul Getty Museum disappeared into an ancient witness-protection program — and decided to stay there for thousands of years. “Power and Pathos: Bronze Sculpture of the Hellenistic …

Smithsonian exhibit features Powers’ ‘Greek Slave’ sculpture

WASHINGTON (AP) — The Smithsonian American Art Museum is featuring one of the 19th century’s most famous sculptures with a new exhibition about artist Hiram Powers’ “Greek Slave.” The new exhibition “Measured Perfection” opens Friday. The museum says the exhibit reveals the inner workings of the artist and innovator who …