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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

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