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Fitzwilliam Museum Aims to Procure Poussin

(Courtesy the BBC)

The Fitzwilliam Museum in Cambridge and the U.K. government’s Art Fund are trying to raise $6.2 million to purchase a painting by Nicholas Poussin with the great title Extreme Unction (1639). If they raise the funds they’ll be able to avoid an inheritance tax on the work through a loophole that exempts works going to museums. Read More

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Zaha Hadid Named to Order of the British Empire

Ms. Hadid. (Courtesy Getty Images)

Just in time for the London Olympics, the architect Zaha Hadid leads the visual artists named to the Order of the British Empire by Queen Elizabeth today. She joins actors Kate Winslet and Kenneth Branagh in her nomination to the OBE, and hundreds of others in being honored by the queen today. Read More