Recent News in the Field

This section summarizes recent events and headlines in the field and will be updated at the end of each month; links to these events and headlines will appear in the last EMA Newsletter of the month.  If you would like to propose a topic for this section, please email us.

APRIL 2019

Scottish National Portrait Gallery and Victoria and Albert Museum Acquire Portrait of James Adam

  • The Scottish National Portrait Gallery and the Victoria and Albert Museum have together recently purchased a portrait of eighteenth-century Scottish architect James Adam.  For more details, click here.

Scala Santa at S. Giovanni in Laterano, Rome Reopened After Restoration

  • After nearly a year of restoration, the Scala Santa at S. Giovanni in Laterano in Rome is open until 9 June; it appears for the first time in its original sixteenth-century design.  For more details, click here.

First Country House by James Paine to be Restored

  • South Ormsby Hall, the first country house to be designed by eighteenth-century British architect James Paine, will be restored with the help of Historic England.  For more details, click here.

MARCH 2019

Painted Hall at Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital Re-opened

  • The two-year restoration of James Thornhill’s paintings and Christopher Wren’s structure at the Painted Hall of Greenwich Royal Naval Hospital has now been completed, and the complex has recently re-opened.  For more details, click here.

Excavation of Fortifications by Henry VIII in Northern England

  • Excavation of a 16th-century blockhouse, first discovered in 2017 and commissioned by Henry VIII during the 1540s, has resumed in Hull.  For details of both blockhouse and excavation, click here.

German Panel Recommends Return of Hitler’s Bellotto Paintings to Owners

  • Two paintings by Bernardo Bellotto, of Vienna’s Karlskirche and of the Zwinger Moat in Dresden, were confiscated by Hitler from Max James Emden, a department-store magnate in Hamburg.  A German panel has recommended the return of these paintings to Emden’s descendants.  For the paintings and more details, click here.


Obituary:  Irving Lavin

  • Irving Lavin, renowned historian of Italian arts and culture, has passed away at 91.  For an obituary, click here.

Renovation and Reopening of the Uffizi’s Vasari Corridor

  • The Uffizi has now released details of its project for refurbishing and reopening the Vasari Corridor in 2021, including an exhibition of the frescoes originally decorating the exterior walls of the Corridor.  For more details, click here.

400-Year Delayed Delivery of Marble to Versailles

  • A block of red marble that was to have been delivered to Versailles in the 17th century has been recently rediscovered at a quarry and will now be sent to Versailles.  For more details, click here.


Eighteenth-Century Ice House Discovered in London

  • A late eighteenth-century ice house has been discovered near Regent’s Park in London.  For more details, click here.

Eighteenth-Century Veneto Palazzo Fulcis Re-Opens

  • The late eighteenth-century Palazzo Fulcis in the Veneto city of Belluno has reopened following restoration as both an historical site and a museum.  For more details, click here.

Sole Surviving Georgian Pleasure Garden in England to be Restored

  • Sydney Gardens (Bath, England), the sole surviving Georgian pleasure garden in England, will be restored with National Lottery funds.  For more details, click here.


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