Monday’s Art Notes
Paul Fisher makes adjustments to the world’s oldest continually-working mechanical clock as he hand-winds it for the very last time on August 21, 2010 in Wells, England. The clock in Somerset’s Wells Cathedral has been wound by hand since it was installed in the 1380’s, however as of Monday when Paul Fisher — who is 63 — retires, the mechanism will be replaced by an automatic electric motor. Installed in 1392, the clock face is the oldest in the world although the original motor mechanism was replaced in 1882 and now operates in the Science Museum in London. Photo by Matt Cardy/ Getty Images
A Van Gogh painting worth $50 million was stolen from a Cairo museum on Saturday, via BBC. Authorities erroneously reported that the painting had already been recovered, but it remains missing.
A chestnut tree that grew outside the house that hid Anne Frank and her family — and which Frank had written about in her diary — collapsed in a storm in Amsterdam on Monday, via the Associated Press.
A judge in Nashville rejected a plan by Fisk University to sell their collection of works by Georgia O’Keefe in order to keep the school afloat, via the Los Angeles Times
British conservators have finished restoration on ancient cave paintings in Jordan, removing 2,000 years of dirt and grime to reveal incredible examples of Hellenistic art, via The Guardian.