Syrian Troops Ready to Retake Palmyra, Vermeer’s ‘Little Street’ Comes Home—and More

The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra.

The ancient Syrian city of Palmyra. (AFP Photo: Joseph Eid/AFP/Getty Images)

Syrian troops are “at the gates” of the ancient city of Palmyra, and possibly days away from recapturing the UNESCO world heritage site from ISIS.

Johannes Vermeer’s masterpiece The Little Street will return to the city where it was painted for the first time in 320 years. An exhibition at the Museum Prinsenhof in Delft, Netherlands, will showcase a study done on the painting which matched the exact location it depicts to an existing structure in the city.

The Oslo, Norway city government has given the OK for the proposed Munch Museum to be built on the city’s waterfront. The building will be designed by Herreros Arquitectos and is scheduled to open in 2020.

A report by the Copenhagen organization Freemuse reveals that attacks on artistic expression are increasing on a global scale. The group culled media reports and conducted research to find that 469 cases of such attacks—including censorship, detainment, prosecution, physical assault and death—were reported in 2015.

Did you know that the public can nominate artists for Britain’s prestigious Turner Prize?

Here’s a look at the ways physics and math influenced modernist painting.

The Wall Street Journal profiles New York art dealer Jack Shainman.

Meanwhile, W Magazine goes inside the home of another gallerist, Yvon Lambert.

Syrian Troops Ready to Retake Palmyra, Vermeer’s ‘Little Street’ Comes Home—and More