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Monster Mash: Louvre, Leonardo; Meryl Streep, women's museum

December 29, 2011 |  8:02 am


Excess of zeal? The Louvre in Paris is facing accusations that it over-cleaned a painting by Leonardo da Vinci -- "The Virgin and Child With Saint Anne." (Guardian)

Star power: Meryl Streep talks about her effort to help establish a women's history museum. (Los Angeles Times)

Pioneer: A push is underway in Chicago to build a sculpture honoring the civil rights activist Ida B. Wells. (Associated Press)

Intolerance? British artist Tracey Emin says other artists have mistreated her because of her conservative voting record. (Telegraph)

Negotiations: The Philadelphia Orchestra, which is in bankruptcy, is in the process of finalizing an amended contract to extend the tenure of CEO Allison B. Vulgamore. (Philadelphia Inquirer)

Staying afloat: A new study suggests that Italy pump water into the city of Venice to save it from sinking. (Wired)

Ensemble cast: Donna Hanover, the ex-wife of former New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani, is joining the cast of the upcoming Broadway production of Gore Vidal's "The Best Man." (Playbill)

Health hazard? The Museum of Contemporary Art in Sydney, Australia, could face delays for its new wing due to asbestos claims. (Sydney Morning Herald)

Jumping ship: Two leaders of the American Voices New Play Institute will move next year from Arena Stage in Washington to become part of ArtsEmerson at Emerson College. (New York Times)

Passings: James Rizzi, a pop artist famous for his playful three-dimensional sculptures, has died at 61; Adrienne Cooper, a performer and teacher of Yiddish music, is dead at 65. (New York Daily News and New York Times)

Also in the L.A. Times: The universal appeal of the musical "Wicked"; a walk through the Sports Museum of Los Angeles.

-- David Ng

Photo: A detail of "The Virgin and Child with Saint Anne" by Leonardo Da Vinci. Credit: Mark Harden / Louvre