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ne of the lots of pleasures afforded by researching the Previous Masters is that even these days new will work by important artists flip up with stunning frequency. The December 2020 challenge of the Burlington Journal included an short article publishing a hitherto not known Immaculate Conception, there claimed as the function of none other than Velázquez

We simply cannot know no matter if the late Professor López-Rey (1905-91) would have agreed, but it is a point that this huge doorstep of a volume, which is a revised and updated version of a basic review, has a area with no fewer than nine additions to his corpus. Some are additional usually acknowledged as autograph than other individuals, but a choose few are of real top quality. Nonetheless, it remains the circumstance that none of them drastically modifies the broad outlines of Velázquez’s incredible artistic creation. 

Exactly where this mighty volume, whose bookshelf-defying sizing lets for a entire host of stunning facts, actually scores is in permitting us to get so a lot nearer to his images than any of its predecessors ever have. And what a timeless, forever contemporary system of perform he still left at the rear of, in which his persons are brought to everyday living in a way that no person else – not even Rembrandt – could really match. 

Fortunately, London is incredibly fortunate in equally the number and the sheer quality of will work by Velázquez it can boast, and there are some others somewhere else in the British isles. It is genuine that it is unattainable to achieve a total being familiar with of his genius beyond the confines of the Prado in Madrid, simply because that is where by we obtain so many of his finest achievements – and higher than all Las Menínas, his supreme masterpiece – but we have a great deal to be grateful for. 

The Countrywide Gallery has 50 % a dozen paintings by him, and notably the Rokeby Venus, but each the Wallace Selection, with the Woman with a Lover and one more portrait, and the Wellington Museum at Apsley Residence, with the Waterseller of Seville and a few other individuals, give it a fantastic run for its income. 

Even with all these riches, having said that, it is practically unbearable to imagine about the national heritage disaster of the one that got away – the Portrait of Juan de Pareja in the Metropolitan Museum of Artwork in New York, which right until its sale at Christie’s in 1970 had been in the collection of the Earls of Radnor due to the fact 1811. We can only hope that if the Duke of Westminster’s Prince Baltasar Carlos with the Rely-Duke of Olivares at the Royal Mews ever comes up for sale, the lesson will have been learnt.

Velázquez: The Comprehensive Is effective by José López-Rey, up-to-date version by Odile Delenda (Taschen, £50)

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he amazing story of the race for a coronavirus vaccine will be told in a landmark international exhibition next year.

Curators from the Science Museum – which has itself served as a vaccine centre – have teamed up with experts in China and India to put on the show.

The museum has already started collecting items from the pandemic and among the exhibits going on show when it reopens will be the empty vial that held the first ever dose of the vaccine given to Margaret Keenan in December.

Museum managing director Jonathan Newby said the vial, which contained the first Pfizer jab used in a mass vaccination programme, was going to be thrown away until their curators stepped in.

He said: “That’s the job our curators do. So we rang round, pulled lots of strings and got to speak to the right people and not quite at the last minute but the day before said please, please, please do not put these in the bin and so they were saved”.

Among the other “day to day ephemera” collected by the museum are signs used at Downing Street press conferences urging viewers to “stay home, protect the NHS, save lives”.

The vial that held the first Covid vaccine that was given as part of a mass treatment programme

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The international exhibition, which has a working title of Hunt for the Vaccine, is set to open in November 2022 in China and India as well as the museum followed by a national tour.

Mr Newby said: “It tells that amazing story from effectively February 2020 and in particular how the team at Oxford but teams right across the world worked at such a furious pace with energy and commitment and ingenuity and everything that we all believe human beings are capable of at their very, very best particularly when deploying science and technology and how they developed the Covid vaccine in record time and they got it out there and then initiated these amazing vaccine rollout programs that were all completely in awe of”.

He said a by-product of the world’s struggle to contain the pandemic had been a “raising of scientific literacy” among the general public.

He said: “We’re very used to putting complex scientific principles and ideas over, telling the stories of great inventions in everyday language so to some extent it’s made our job quite a bit easier because we are able to use those tools we’ve honed over decades and decades and that level of engagement is now that much greater”.

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