Art News – weekly round-up

  • 22 May 2014

Mummy mysteries uncovered, a new altarpiece at St Paul's Cathedral and Salvador Dali's first surrealist painting – we round up the top art stories of the week.

Bill Viola, Water from the Martyrs series, 2014

Bill Viola, Water from the Martyrs series, 2014

Mammoths at the museum

The Natural History Museum’s new exhibition Mammoths: Ice Age Giants features a 42,000-year-old baby woolly mammoth called Lyuba. The Times reports on the discovery of this amazing mummified carcass in 2007, and the invaluable information scientists have extracted from it.

New installation unveiled at St Paul’s Cathedral

Bill Viola has created a powerful modern altarpiece for St Paul's Cathedral, featuring video works that represent earth, air, fire and water. The Guardian’s Jonathan Jones applauds Viola, calling the Matyrs series a ‘blast of hi-tech Caravaggio’.

The British Museum uncovers its mummies

The British Museum has used CT scanners to give visitors a look under the wrappings of eight mummies from its collection in Ancient Lives New Discoveries, revealing a man with breasts and a woman with a tattoo on her thigh. Alastair Smart reports for The Telegraph on the new technologies that have allowed new research to take place, whist Rachel Campbell-Johnston offers a list of ‘everything you need to know about mummies’ in The Times.

Early Dali discovered

An oil painting bought for €150 (£120) in north-eastern Spain 26 years ago has been discovered to be the earliest surrealist work by Salvador Dali, art experts confirmed on Thursday. The Telegraph reports that The Intrautirine Birth of Salvador Dali was painted when the artist was 17 years old.

And finally...

The Colosseum is set for a revamp, as a team of technicians set to clean the Roman landmark's entire facade with toothbrushes, scrubbing away centuries of grime. According to The Telegraph this is the first time the 2,000 year old structure has been cleaned.