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Michelangelo bronzes discovered - Cynon Valley Museum open day - Tutankhamun glue not identified - Snibston to close in July
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Michelangelo bronzes discovered

A team of international experts led by the University of Cambridge and the Fitzwilliam Museum believe they have discovered the only surviving Michelangelo bronzes in the world. The two metre-high bronze male nudes were first attributed to the artist when they appeared in the collection of Adolphe de Rothschild in the 19th century, although this attribution has been dismissed over the past 120 years as they are undocumented and unsigned.

But following extensive recent research it is now believed that they are early works by Michelangelo, made just after he completed the marble David and as he was about to embark on the Sistine Chapel ceiling. The bronzes are on loan to the Fitzwilliam Museum from a private collection.

“Saved” Cynon Valley Museum holds open day

Cynon Valley Museum and Gallery has held a public open day following a U-turn over its proposed closure. Rhondda Cynon Taf Council, which last year proposed to stop funding and close the museum, has agreed to an independent trust taking over its day-to-day running. The council is now in the process of negotiating the trust’s business plan and lease agreement, with the aim of reopening the museum fully in late summer. The museum will hold public open days once a month while it is closed.

Tutankhamun glue yet to be identified

Salima Ikram, the professor of Egyptology at the American University in Cairo, has told Museums Journal that conservators repairing the botched attempt to reattach the beard to the mask of Tutankhamun at the Egyptian Museum in Cairo have yet to establish what glue was used, although Paraloid has been ruled out. The Art Newspaper has reported that Alison Richmond, the chief executive of the UK Institute of Conservation, is calling for an independent inquiry by Unesco into the incident.

Snibston to close in July

Snibston Discovery Museum has been scheduled to close to visitors on 31 July, a date chosen to coincide with the end of the school year. Leicestershire County Council is due to hold a debate on the controversial decision to shut the museum later this month, but the council’s cabinet member for museums said the date had been announced early “so that staff, volunteers and visitors have as much notice as possible”. The Friends of Snibston group has called for a judicial review into the council's decision-making process.

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