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Gallery staff take photos on their phones of the painting by Carel Fabritius ‘The Goldfinch’ at the Scottish National Gallery . The painting is from a Golden Age of Dutch art, and is on loan to the Scottish National Gallery for six weeks. Photo Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images
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Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II, views a painting of herself by British artist Henry Ward, commissioned to commemorate her six decades of patronage to the British Red Cross, at Windsor Castle. Photo Dominic Lipinski/AFP/Getty Images
Sotheby’s employees hang a painting by David Hockney called ‘Woldgate Woods, 24,25 and 26 October, 2006′ at Sotheby’s auction rooms in London. The painting is estimated to sell for 9 million pounds and will be auctioned in the Contemporary Art Evening Auction in New York on November 17. Photo Kirsty Wigglesworth/AP
An activist of the non-governmental environmental organization Greenpeace repaints with red paint a tuna logo on the building of the major French seafood wholesaler Petit Navire’s canning factory to protest against fishing methods in Douarnenez, western France
An Indian artist puts the final touches to statues of the Hindu God Lord Ram ahead of the Sri Rama Navami Festival at a workshop in Hyderabad
Students display the painted liquid embroidery blouses inside their college premises in Chennai, India, on Friday. 3,500 students painted 7000 blouses in an hour on Friday in an attempt to enter the Limca Book of Records
An Iranian woman walks past a painting of a revolver, painted in an American-flag style, on the wall of former US embassy in Tehran, Iran, on Wednesday
A Lebanese activist paints graffiti on a concrete wall installed by authorities near the main Lebanese government building, in downtown Beirut, Lebanon. Anticipating more protests, authorities installed a concrete wall near the main Lebanese government building, site of the largest protests. On Saturday and Sunday nights, police fired tear gas and water cannons at the protesters, battling them in the streets of Beirut in dramatic clashes, wounding dozens.
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A girl paints on an umbrella in Pathein township, Ayeyarwady Delta, Myanmar
A Gallery visitor views Defeat of the Floating Batteries at Gibraltar, 1782, by John Singleton Copley during the Guildhall Art Gallery’s re-launch following a re-hang for the first time in 15 years at the Guildhall Art Gallery in London on Thursday
A woman sleeps in front of a painting decorating a subway station in Buenos Aires, Argentina
Workers peel papers off a wall as they re-paint the Chinese Communist party flag at the Nanhu revolution memorial museum in Jiaxing
A man carries “Schwarze Spitzen” by Wassily Kandinsky from 1937, on display at Christie’s auction house in London. The painting is expected to earn 2.4-3.6 million GB pounds (4-6 million U.S. dollars) when auctioned in New York on May 6
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Preventive conservation co-ordinator at Historic Royal Palaces Jonathan Bridal inspects the Rubens ceiling paintings for damage during a conditioning survey at Banqueting House in London, England. Flemish artist Sir Peter Paul Rubens painted the nine oil canvases for Charles I, and they were installed in the hall in 1636.
Men stroll past a painting by Chinese artist Yue Minjun, entitled Between Men and Animal, during a Sotheby’s auction preview in Hong Kong. The work is estimated at $644,650 to $1,031,440.
Painters living and working on Beachy Head Lighthouse near Eastbourne, Sussex, send a message to the outside world as they repaint the structure following a successful fundraising campaign to save the stripes.
An Iranian woman walks past a mural showing a gun painted with an interpretation of the American flag on the wall of the former US embassy in Tehran on Wednesday. Leaders from Iran and the United States have not met since the 1979 Islamic Revolution brought often open hostility to their contacts, particularly over Iran’s contested nuclear program.
“Bedroom in Arles”, painted by Dutch master Vincent Van Gogh, is put on display next to another version of the same painting at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, Netherlands. Van Gogh is known to have painted three versions of his bedroom at 2 Place Lamartine, in Arles, France. The third painting is in the Musée d’Orsay in Paris.
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On stepping down as governor of the Bank of England, Mervyn King was presented with this portrait of himself by artist Diana Blakeney. In addition to the £10,000 painting Sir Mervyn, now Lord King, received a £597 silver napkin ring and a £2,505 sculpture of German playwright and scientist Johann von Goethe when he retired on July 1. The £13,000-worth of gifts were all paid for by the Bank of England, which is owned by the country. Three events were also held to mark his departure, which came to more than £10,000. The information emerged following a freedom of information request from msn.com, with the Bank of England insisting the gift of the silver napkin ring is normal for all departing senior directors