Artist designs phoenix sculpture from donated keys of homes destroyed in the Paradise Camp Fire

Jessie Mercer created a phoenix sculpture made out of thousands of keys to places that were lost in Paradise, California’s Camp Fire. By Alaa Elassar A woman from Paradise, California has created a phoenix sculpture from thousands of donated keys to places destroyed in California’s deadliest wildfire last November. Jessie Mercer, a 34-year-old art therapistContinue reading “Artist designs phoenix sculpture from donated keys of homes destroyed in the Paradise Camp Fire”

Medieval masterpiece found in French kitchen sells for over $26M

A lost 13th-century masterpiece has sold for almost 24.2 million Euros ($26.8 million), just months after it was found hanging in a French kitchen. “Christ Mocked,” by the Florentine painter Cimabue, sold for more than four times the pre-sale estimate at an auction in Senlis, north of Paris, on Sunday. An elderly French woman fromContinue reading “Medieval masterpiece found in French kitchen sells for over $26M”

Why the giant heads of 43 presidents are sitting in a field in Virginia

by MARY JO DILONARDO They stand in rows in a Virginia field, kind of a White House version of Easter Island. There are 43 concrete busts of most of the U.S. presidents — from George Washington to George W. Bush. Towering at an average of about 20 feet and weighing as much as 22,000 pounds,Continue reading “Why the giant heads of 43 presidents are sitting in a field in Virginia”

Exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s knowledge of the brain

Summary: A new study looks at Leonardo da Vinci’s contribution to neuroscience and the advancement of modern sciences. Source: Profiles, Inc May 2, 2019, marks the 500th anniversary of Leonardo da Vinci’s death. A cultural icon, artist, engineer and experimentalist of the Renaissance period, Leonardo continues to inspire people around the globe. Jonathan Pevsner, PhD,Continue reading “Exploring Leonardo da Vinci’s knowledge of the brain”

Africa by Toto to play on eternal loop ‘down in Africa’

The world’s oldest desert is to be blessed with one of the most listened-to songs – Africa by Toto. Namibian artist Max Siedentopf has set up a sound installation in the coastal Namib Desert to play on loop, in tribute to the soft rock classic. The 1982 track is quadruple platinum, and was the mostContinue reading “Africa by Toto to play on eternal loop ‘down in Africa’”

Juan Valverde de Amusco’s anatomical drawings in 1556 corrected some earlier errors while making anatomy more accessible.

by SUKANYA CHARUCHANDRA It wasn’t until the latter half of the 13th century that human dissections became acceptable in Italy. Previously, both the Roman Empire and Islamic law had prevented the dissection of humans and its depiction. While the Greek surgeon Galen’s anatomical drawings from the second century had been preserved and studied until theContinue reading “Juan Valverde de Amusco’s anatomical drawings in 1556 corrected some earlier errors while making anatomy more accessible.”

Oldest known drawing’ found on tiny rock in South Africa

Scientists say they have discovered humanity’s oldest known drawing on a small fragment of rock in South Africa. The drawing is about 73,000 years old, and shows cross-hatch lines sketched onto stone with red ochre pigment. Scientists discovered the small fragment of the drawing – which some say looks a bit like a hashtag –Continue reading “Oldest known drawing’ found on tiny rock in South Africa”

Dutch art dealer discovers first ‘new’ Rembrandt in 44 years

Dutch art dealer Jan Six made the discovery of a lifetime at an auction house in 2016, when he saw the hand of Rembrandt in an unknown painting that had gone unnoticed for four centuries. The portrait of a well-dressed young man with red hair was presented on Wednesday as the first “new” Rembrandt toContinue reading “Dutch art dealer discovers first ‘new’ Rembrandt in 44 years”

What is synesthesia and what’s it like to have it?

Synesthetes can taste sounds, smell colors or see scents, and research proves these people experience reality differently. By Laura Moss I know that the number four is yellow, but I have a friend who insists four is red. She also says four has a motherly personality, but my four has no personality — none ofContinue reading “What is synesthesia and what’s it like to have it?”

Artificial Intelligence Invents New Styles of Art That People Like

By Chris Baraniuk Now and then, a painter like Claude Monet or Pablo Picasso comes along and turns the art world on its head. They invent new aesthetic styles, forging movements such as impressionism or abstract expressionism. But could the next big shake-up be the work of a machine? An artificial intelligence has been developedContinue reading “Artificial Intelligence Invents New Styles of Art That People Like”