Sex Pistols’ townhouse studio receives Grade II* listing

The 17th century townhouse in which punk band the Sex Pistols lived and recorded their music has been given the second highest heritage grade available.

Earlier this week, Number 6 and Number 7 Denmark Street in London’s Covent Garden received Grade II* listings from Historic England (formerly English Heritage). Band manager Malcolm McLaren leased the outbuilding at Number 6 as a base for his new group, the Sex Pistols. The band used it as a rehearsal studio and living quarters between c1975 and 1977. Continue reading

Prado Museum may lose four masterpieces

Last summer the director of the Prado Museum in Madrid received a letter requesting that the museum should relinquish four of its star attractions from its collection. The paintings in question are: Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights (1500-05) and Table of the Mortal Sins (c. 1480); Tintoretto’s The Foot Washing (1548-49); and Rogier van der Weyden’s Descent from the Cross (c. 1435). Continue reading