Fondazione Prada has become a destination for contemporary art in Milan, but the legendary fashion house is also devoted to preserving and celebrating Italy's old masters. This week, Architectural Digest reports how Prada helped save one national treasure, Giorgio Vasari’s late-Renaissance painting The Last Supper, as it returns to view this autumn. Meanwhile, the highly anticipated National Museum of African American History and Culture prepares for its opening next month, and Argentina thrives in producing elite, complex Malbecs.
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a Renaissance Masterpiece
When Tuscany’s Arno River flooded the streets of Florence in 1966, it badly damaged many of the city’s most precious cultural treasures. Fifty years later, Giorgio Vasari’s late-Renaissance painting The Last Supper has been restored with the help of funding by fashion house Prada. (Architectural Digest)
Ahead of one of the most anticipated museum openings in recent years, The New Yorker’s Vinson Cunningham visits the National Museum of African American History and Culture and speaks with the founding director on his vision and the challenges behind building a new museum on the National Mall. (The New Yorker)
Argentina is now the fifth-biggest producer of wine in the world, and a new host of elegant and subtle Malbecs from its regions are converting even the most skeptical of drinkers. (Bloomberg)
Paris-based interior designer François Catroux has been the decorator for the über-rich ever since he opened his doors in 1968. Now, with his first book set to publish in October (Rizzoli), the public gets an inside look into the sacred spaces of his coveted clients. (Vanity Fair)
In one of the more bizarre art authentication cases, a federal judge ruled in favour of artist Peter Doig, who had been falsely attributed to a painting by another artist. (The New York Times)
Esquire rounds up this year's most stylish wristwatches, including Chanel first-ever dedicated men’s watch. (Esquire UK)
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