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  • 20 March 2015

The National Gallery appoints a new director, the Tunis museum terrorist attack and the Cervantes tomb discovery – here is the week's most talked about stories

Gabriele Finaldi will be the National Gallery's new director

Gabriele Finaldi will be the National Gallery's new director

National Gallery director appointment announced

Gabriele Finaldi, who presided over modernisation at the Prado in Madrid, takes over from Nicholas Penny in August. The Times reports that Finaldi, who is a British citizen, started his career as a curator at the National Gallery and studied at the Courtauld Institute of Art. Polly Toynbee suggests he starts his tenure by securing jobs for gallery staff following protests about privatisation.

Remains of Don Quixote author discovered

Forensic scientists say they have found the tomb of Spain's much-loved giant of literature, Miguel de Cervantes, nearly 400 years after his death. According to the Daily Mail he was buried in 1616 but his remains disappeared after the church was rebuilt in the late 17th Century.

Tunis museum terror attack

At least 21 people died in an attack against the Bardo museum in Tunis on 18 March, including one British national. Nine people have been arrested and the extremist Islamic State group have claimed responsibility. According to the Independent the attack was the worst at a tourist site in Tunisia for more than a decade. Following the series of recent attacks Italian culture minister Dario Franceschini has called for a UN military unit to protect ancient sites from the group, says the Guardian.

Auction house chooses chief

Sotheby’s has ended its three-month search for a chief executive. The announcement that Tad Smith from Madison Square Garden Company is to join the auction house coincided with a statement that it will commence live internet sales on eBay from 1 April says the Telegraph.

And finally…

Turner Prize nominee Marvin Gaye Chetwynd has built a fantastical soft play area – called The Idol – in an East London leisure centre. 'I wanted to make the kids’ play area a bit more bling and glam than usual, and a bit sinister, too,' the artist told the Guardian.