Thursday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  July 15, 2010 at 11:54 AM EDT

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Couples dance on the dockside of the river Saone in the southeastern city of Lyon, on July 14, 2010 during the traditional Firemen Ball of the Bastille Day. Photo by Jean-Philippe Ksiazek/ AFP/ Getty Images

(A little reminiscent of this Renoir, perhaps?)

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Eleven oil paintings will be returned to Germany by the grand-niece of a U.S. serviceman who looted the artworks during World War II, via AFP.

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Censors in Pakistan have banned a film because one of its characters is meant to resemble Osama Bin Laden, fearing violent retribution from extremists, via Reuters.

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Recordings of William Faulkner’s lectures at the University of Virginia in the late 1950s are now available online, via NPR.

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The New York Times says conducting an interview with David Lynch is not unlike watching one of his movies. The filmmaker has just completed a music collaboration with Sparklehorse and Danger Mouse called ‘Dark Night of the Soul’.

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New tests suggest that a Christian text found in an Ethiopian monastery could actually be the earliest surviving illuminated manuscript, via the Art Newspaper.

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A forgotten short film starring Charlie Chaplin will make its first public debut in almost a hundred years at a Virginia film festival, via the Associated Press.

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Restoration has finished up on “Virgin of the Rocks,” one of Da Vinci’s masterpieces, via the Guardian.