CONTROVERSIAL though the tunnel may be (COUNTRY LIFE, February 22 and March 8, 2017), Stonehenge has been granted the Special Award for Heritage Achievement in recognition of English Heritage’s work to reinterpret the site.
Other Hudson Heritage Awards winners, announced yesterday by Lady Cobham, Chairman of Visitengland, at Goldsmiths’ Hall, London EC2, include Norman Hedingham Castle, Essex, for best wedding venue; 18th-century picturesque 30-acre garden Plumpton Rocks, North Yorkshire, for best hidden gem; Palladian Holkham Hall, Norfolk, for best shopping; and Sherborne Castle, Dorset, which was built by Sir Walter Raleigh in 1594, for best food. Visit www.hudsons-awards.co.uk for further information.
The only marble sculpture by Michelangelo in Britain—the Virgin and Child
with the Infant St John, or the Taddei Tondo—has been lent by the Royal Academy for the first time in 50 years to feature in ‘Michelangelo & Sebastiano’ at the National Gallery, London WC2 (until June 25).
Commissioned in about 1504/5, the tondo depicts the infant St John the Baptist presenting a goldfinch (symbolising the Passion) to the Christ Child, who shies away towards his mother, perhaps anticipating his future destiny. It is ‘one of the most important Renaissance works of art in Britain,’ says Dr Gabriele Finaldi, Director of the National Gallery. It will return to Piccadilly next year to be redisplayed as part of the Royal Academy’s 250thanniversary exhibitions.
English Heritage has been rewarded for its work on Stonehenge with a special achievement award