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- What was the first Museum?(2 votes)
- Is anyone able to share the artist and title of the work at1:47?(1 vote)
- I found the image (people ascending a staircase with giraffes at the top), snipped it and put the result into a google web search, which sent me to the British Museum, the web site of which was down for upgrades on November 12th. That's as close as I can get you to it.(2 votes)
- There is quite the debate about the Royal Collection which for many years was neglected, uncatalogued, unseen, and unloaned which, I think, was a travesty. From what I have read, the Queen does not OWN the collection even though articles keep referring to the collection as owned by the Queen (Wikipedia). "The British Royal Art Collection is not owned by the Queen as a private individual: "it is held in trust by her as Sovereign for her successors and the Nation."(http://www.visual-arts-cork.com/museums/british-royal-art-collection.html). In my opinion, the deplorable state of the collection at one time indicated that that "trust" was not fulfilled and the collection should have been turned fully over to the state.(1 vote)
- I echo the two comments below. This is one of the best short videos (on any topic) I have seen. A real pleasure to watch, instructive and a spur to thinking. I am now going out to commission a new work for some future museum.....(1 vote)