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UAE postpones Da Vinci unveiling at Louvre Abu Dhabi

DUBAI: The UAE said on Monday it had postponed the unveiling of the Louvre Abu Dhabi's most prized acquisition -- a painting attributed to Leonardo da Vinci, bought for a record $450 million. The painting, which was bought last year, had been due to be unveiled on September 18. But Abu Dhabi's culture and tourism department on Monday announced "the postponement of the unveiling of Leonardo da Vinci's Salvator Mundi" in a tweet. "More details will be announced soon," it said. The "Salvator Mundi", a portrait of…

Da Vinci sold for $450 mn is headed to Louvre Abu Dhabi

NEW YORK: "Salvator Mundi," a painting of Christ by Leonardo Da Vinci that recently sold for a record $450 million, is heading to the Louvre Abu Dhabi in a coup for the bold new museum, it announced on Wednesday. The move became possible after a little-known Saudi price reportedly bought the painting last month. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside France, has been billed as "the first universal museum in the Arab world," in a sign of the oil-rich emirate's global ambitions. "Da…

World’s only particle accelerator for art revs up in Paris

PARIS: The world's only particle accelerator dedicated to art was switched on at the Louvre in Paris on Thursday to help experts analyse ancient and precious works. The 37-meter (88-foot) AGLAE accelerator housed underneath the huge Paris museum will be now be used for the first time to routinely study and help authenticate paintings and other items made from organic materials. The Centre for Research and Restoration of the Museum of France (C2RMF) -- which is independent of the Louvre -- has spent 2.1 million euros ($2.5…

Louvre Abu Dhabi draws crowd as diverse as UAE

ABU DHABI: The Louvre Abu Dhabi opened its doors to the public on Saturday, drawing a crowd as diverse as the cosmopolitan United Arab Emirates itself. Hundreds of Emiratis along with Asian, European and Arab expatriates, some dressed in shorts, others in flowing Arabic robes, roamed through the vast museum to see famous works from the Paris institution, and pieces from Middle Eastern civilisations alike. The Louvre Abu Dhabi, the first museum to bear the Louvre name outside France, presents around 600 pieces in a…

Soldier shoots ‘knife attacker’ outside Paris museum

PARIS: A machete-wielding man shot and seriously wounded by a soldier near the Louvre museum in Paris during the assault on Friday, the city's police chief said. "I think this was an attack by an individual who obviously intended to cause harm," Michel Cadot said, suggested a "terrorist nature" to the assault. According to Reuters, one source said the man had been trying to get into the museum's shopping mall and had attacked another soldier before being shot and seriously wounded. Police said the area had been…