Art News – weekly round-up

  • 13 February 2015

The Whitworth reopens, the V&A acquries the Wosley Angels and a copy of the Magna Carta is uncovered – we round up the top art stories of the week.

The Wolsey Angels on display at the V&A © Victoria and Albert Museum, London

The Wolsey Angels on display at the V&A

V&A acquires the Wolsey Angels

The V&A has raised £5 million to buy the four bronze angels originally made for the tomb of Cardinal Thomas Wolsey, thanks to assistance from the Art Fund, the National Heritage Memorial Fund and individual public donations. Museum director David Roth told the BBC that the statues are ‘a vital part of our national history and artistic heritage’. Anita Singh retells the amazing story of the statues, from reappropriation by Henry VIII to sitting outside a Northampton golf club.

Cornelia Parker show opens at the new Whitworth

‘Spectacular but intimate’ according to the Guardian, Cornelia Parker’s new exhibition opens this weekend as part of the Whitworth’s grand reopening. Mark Hudson calls the redevelopment ‘£15 million well spent’ and is particularly impressed by moves to combat 'threshold anxiety' for potential visitors.

Hadrian's Wall under threat

Illegal metal detecting at Hadrian's Wall is wrecking the country's cultural heritage and stealing items of archaeological interest land owners, police and experts have warned. The Daily Mail reports that areas close to 1,900-year-old World Heritage Site have been attacked by ‘nighthawkers’.

Magna Carta uncovered

An early edition of Magna Carta has been found in a Victorian scrapbook during a search of a council's archives. The Times reports that the discovery has come months ahead of the 800th anniversary of the sealing of Magna Carta in Runnymede in 1215.

And finally...

A master baker has cooked up another version of the Magna Carta, made entirely from cake. According to the Telegraph Christine Jensen spent nearly 100 hours faithfully creating the incredible full-size replica.