Baltic treasure trove may yet see the light of day

Russia and Finland are planning to raise a wreck carrying paintings bought by Catherine the Great of Russia. The ship was still in good condition when it was rediscovered in 1991 and a few artefacts salvaged. The cargo beneath deck remains tantalisingly undisturbed. Continue reading Baltic treasure trove may yet see the light of day

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Marcel Leprin: Haunted genius of Montmartre

The image of the starving artist in a garret comes from Scènes de la vie de bohème, a work by the writer Henri Murger published in 1851. Turned into a play and performed with great success at the Théâtre des Variétés, two operas followed: La bohème by Giacomo Puccini (1896) and La bohème by Ruggero Leoncavallo (1897). Art imitating life. Continue reading Marcel Leprin: Haunted genius of Montmartre