Art museums

FILE - In this Monday March 30, 2020 file photo, journalists look at the damaged glass door of the Singer Museum in Laren, Netherlands, where a Van Gogh painting was stolen. A Dutch crime-busting television show has aired security camera footage showing how an art thief smashed his way through reinforced glass doors at a museum in the early hours of March 30. He later hurried out through the museum gift shop with a Vincent van Gogh painting tucked under his right arm and the sledgehammer in his left hand. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
April 22, 2020 - 8:52 am
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — All it took was a few sturdy swings with a sledgehammer and a prized painting by Vincent van Gogh was gone. A Dutch crime-busting television show has aired security camera footage showing how an art thief smashed his way through reinforced glass doors at a museum in...
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FILE - In this July 19, 2019 file photo, director of the Uffizi Gallery Eike Schmidt speaks during the unveiling ceremony of the "Vase of Flowers" painting by Jan van Huysum, at the Pitti Palace, part of the Uffizi Galleries, in Florence, Italy. On Monday, April 20, 2020, Italy was completing its sixth week of nationwide lockdown with at least two more weeks to go, as part of government efforts to contain the spread of COVID-19. Schmidt expects a boom in visitors after pandemic restrictions end, judging by the experience after previous emergencies closed down one of the world’s most popular museums. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia, file)
April 20, 2020 - 1:24 pm
ROME (AP) — The director of Italy's Uffizi Galleries is predicting a boom in visitors after coronavirus restrictions end, judging by what happened after previous emergencies closed down one of the world’s most popular museums. Museum director Eike Schmidt recalled that after the Arno River flooded...
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This image released by the Gronninger Museum on Monday March 30, 2020, shows Dutch master Vincent van Gogh's painting titled "The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in Spring" which was stolen from the Singer Museum in Laren, Netherlands, Monday March 30, 2020. The Dutch museum that is currently closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus says the was stolen in a smash-and-grab raid overnight. (Groninger Museum via AP Photo)
March 30, 2020 - 9:53 pm
THE HAGUE, Netherlands (AP) — A painting by Dutch master Vincent van Gogh was stolen in an overnight smash-and-grab raid on a museum that was closed to prevent the spread of the coronavirus, police and the museum said Monday. The Singer Laren museum east of Amsterdam said “The Parsonage Garden at...
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A few visitors walk around an Egyptian exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, Tuesday, March 10, 2020. New York state is shuttering schools and houses of worship for two weeks in part of a suburb and sending the National Guard there to help respond to what appears to be the nation's biggest cluster of cases of the coronavirus.(AP Photo/Seth Wenig)
March 13, 2020 - 3:12 am
NEW YORK (AP) — The stage at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle is quiet. There is no music coming from the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the members of Pearl Jam won't tour. There is no one to admire the treasures at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. The ongoing fears surrounding the...
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The Louvre museum is pictured in Paris, Monday, March 2, 2020. The Louvre Museum was closed again Monday as management was meeting with staff worried about the spread of the new virus in the world's most-visited museum. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
March 09, 2020 - 7:08 am
PARIS (AP) — The water level in the Seine River is rising after massive rainfall, adding to concerns that it could break its bank in Paris. The situation is adding to problems for the Louvre Museum, which has recently faced closures over pension strikes and the outbreak of the new coronavirus. The...
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Medical staff wearing protective suits check documents as they wait for people with suspected symptoms of the new coronavirus, at a testing facility in Seoul, South Korea, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. The coronavirus epidemic shifted increasingly westward toward the Middle East, Europe and the United States on Tuesday, with governments taking emergency steps to ease shortages of masks and other supplies for front-line doctors and nurses. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon)
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March 04, 2020 - 7:22 pm
BANGKOK (AP) — The Latest on the virus outbreak (all times local): 7:15 a.m. California Gov. Gavin Newsom has declared a statewide emergency after the state's first fatality from the new coronavirus. Newsom announced the measure at a news conference Wednesday, saying it was intended to help procure...
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Italian Foreign Minister Luigi Di Maio, center, eats a pizza with French Ambassador to Rome Christian Masset, right, and pizza maker Gino Sorbillo, in Sorbillo's restaurant, in Rome, Wednesday, March 4, 2020. According to reports, Di Maio invited the French ambassador for a pizza after French channel Canal plus broadcast a satirical video of a fake Italian pizza maker coughing on a pizza and calling it "Corona Pizza". (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
March 04, 2020 - 3:54 pm
More school closures and the suspension of business travel are among the steps being taken around the world to fight the spread of the new coronavirus. These are some of the latest developments Wednesday: SCHOOLS, PRAYER DISRUPTED Italy is closing schools nationwide after reporting more than 3,000...
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FILE - In this Monday, March 2, 2020 file photo, tourists wearing a mask walk away from the Louvre museum in Paris. Museum staffers who had stayed off the job since Sunday for fear of infection voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to resume work. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena, File)
March 04, 2020 - 11:40 am
PARIS (AP) — The Louvre is no longer taking cash, because of the coronavirus outbreak. The world's most-visited museum is shifting to card-only payments as part of new measures that helped persuade employees worried about getting sick to return to work Wednesday. Louvre workers who guard Leonardo...
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In this photo released by Xinhua News Agency, Chinese President Xi Jinping, second right, wearing a protective face mask, talks to a medical staff members during his visit to the Academy of Military Medical Sciences in Beijing, Monday, March 2, 2020. The number of new virus infections rose worldwide along with fears of a weakening global economy, even as cases in China dropped to their lowest level in six weeks on Monday and hundreds of patients at the outbreak's epicenter were released from hospitals. (Ju Peng/Xinhua via AP)
March 02, 2020 - 10:59 am
PARIS (AP) — The new virus is entering new territories, from megacities to seaside villages, and casting a fast-growing shadow over the world economy. Here’s a look at some of the latest developments: MERKEL SNUBBED Fear of the coronavirus is changing habits in Germany, where it's common for people...
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Tourists stand outside the Louvre museum, in Paris, France, Sunday, March 1, 2020. The spreading coronavirus epidemic shut down France's Louvre Museum on Sunday, with workers who guard its trove of artworks fearful of being contaminated by the museum's flow of visitors from around the world. (AP Photo/Rafael Yaghobzadeh)
March 01, 2020 - 5:18 pm
PARIS (AP) — The spreading coronavirus epidemic shut down France's Louvre Museum on Sunday, with workers who guard its famous trove of artworks fearful of being contaminated by the museum's flow of tourists from around the world. Almost three-quarters of the Louvre's 9.6 million visitors last year...
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