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The Virgin of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa).COURTESY FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM

Pedro de Mena, The Virgin of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa), ca. 1670–75.

COURTESY FITZWILLIAM MUSEUM

The Guggenheim is planning a new New York space to house its collection and staff. [The Art Newspaper]

Roberto Cuoghi joins Lehmann Maupin. [Artnet]

“A new mural by artist Banksy has appeared on a wall in the seaside town of Folkestone in Kent.” [The Independent]

“The Fitzwilliam Museum’s campaign to raise the funds to acquire The Virgin of Sorrows (Mater Dolorosa), around 1670-75, is going right to the wire. The University of Cambridge’s museum has until today, 30 September, to raise the final £10,000 of the £85,000 needed to purchase the painted wooden sculpture by Pedro de Mena, a spokeswoman says.” [The Art Newspaper]

“MANILA, Philippines – The Sandiganbayan has ordered the seizure of eight paintings – including that of Michelangelo and Pablo Picasso – owned by the Marcos family that are allegedly part of the late strongman’s ill-gotten wealth.” [Inquirer.net]

Secrets of Leonardo da Vinci painting laid bare by new scanning technique [The Guardian]

Thieves steal $7.6 million Degas painting from Cyprus pensioner [AFP]

“’It’s what I think that counts,’ he groused when no one believed him.” A review of the second volume of Christopher Simon Sykes’s David Hockney biography. [The Guardian]

Postwar Italian art is hot right now, with big sales coming up in London. [The Telegraph]

Ever wonder how Klaus Biesenbach defines success? Find out here. [Paper]

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