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Cylinder seal and modern impression: hunting scene | Akkadian | Akkadian | The Met

In ancient Mesopotamia, a cylinder-shaped seal could be rolled on a variety of objects made of clay. When seals were impressed on tablets or tablet …

New Minimalistic Single Line Tattoos by Mo Ganji | Colossal

<p>With a single delicate black line, Berlin-based tattoo artist Mo Ganji (previously) creates the faces of intertwined portraits, the details of …

Art History: How Van Gogh’s ‘The Starry Night’ Came to Be and Continues to Inspire Artists

Vincent van Gogh is arguably one of the most iconic artists of all time with a well-known and universally adored body of work. As a pioneering Post-Impressionist painter, Van Gogh played a key role in paving the way for modern art. Among his many famous paintings, <i>The Starry Night</i> (1889)<i>,</i> a piece …

This guy makes amazing coffee art that is seriously next level

How could you bear to take a sip from this cup of coffee?<p>26-year-old Lee Kang Bin makes the most amazing coffee art designs — from Van Gogh's "Starry …

Coffee

Muslims too revere Jesus Christ, and Easter should be a time to commemorate his teachings

Easter is a time for thinking about Jesus, for Christians and others. Sadly, though, we in Britain today take too little notice of the example of the man whom the holiday commemorates. That might sound odd coming from a Muslim like me, but it's true – and I'm not alone in thinking so.<p>Jesus, who is …

Christianity

These painted Pokémon cards are so damn beautiful you'll be desperate to catch 'em all

You know what's better than catching 'em all?<p>Painting 'em all.<p>Lunumbra, an artist based in Kentucky, has been steadily building a large Facebook …

22 Stunning Photos From The 2017 Sony World Photography Awards

📸<p>Some of the world’s best contemporary photographs have been revealed.<p>Over the last few months, photographers from across the globe submitted 105,000 entries to the 2017 Sony World Photography Awards’ “open” competition, spanning 10 different categories including “wildlife,” “portrait” and “street …

Artist warps landscapes into Inception-style images

Turkish artist Aydın Büyüktaş recently visited the United States, which inspired him to create the Flatland series of digitally-warped …

6 Best Fictional Art-History Novels for a Beautiful Springtime Escape

We’ve found out exactly where all the best art galleries are and have our book club game on lock. So it only follows that we’re currently craving some serious literary-artsy action between the pages of our next read. Art-history fiction is a super-niche genre that relies on historical fact to bring …

Art

A Stanford ophthalmologist explains how we see color and art

Photoreceptor cells in our retinas (the rods and cones) receive light and change it to a neural signal. But they cannot transmit images directly to …

Claude Monet

Reza Aslan: Why I am a Muslim

<b>(CNN) —</b> As a writer and scholar of religions, I am often asked how, knowing all that I know about the religions of the world, I can still call myself a believer, let alone a Muslim.<p>It's a reasonable question. Considering the role that religion so often plays in fueling conflicts abroad and …

Religion

Watercolor Cake Is the Dreamiest (and Most Delicious) New Wedding Trend

Check out these edible works of art.<p>Watercolor wedding cakes are having a moment right now, and it's no wonder why. Decorated with beautiful brushstrokes of all shades, the edible works of art are a sure way to elevate your wedding day dessert. Whether floral, marble, or abstract, these bakers' …

These illustrated Persian manuscripts depict the highs and lows of love

Be it platonic adoration, romantic affection or star-crossed disappointment, Persian poetry has something to say about it all.<p>For anyone inspired by …

Literature

The first month of Trump’s presidency looks like a missing chapter from “Lord of the Rings”

<i>Lord of the Rings</i> is an enduring metaphor for the cyclical struggle against a “destroyer who would devour all.” So it’s not surprising that after November’s US presidential election, many turned to LoTR for solace—and inspiration.<p>As the first weeks of Donald Trump’s administration unfolded, the …

Stephen Bannon

How MLK can get you out of your 'Trump Slump'

<b>(CNN) —</b> Are you experiencing the following symptoms?<p>Insomnia: No sleep because you dread what happens over the next four years.<p>Hallucinations: You keep thinking that what you saw on TV last November must be a bad dream.<p>Fits of rage: You've unfriended half of your Facebook friends and you won't talk …

Black History

10 MLK quotes to inspire you in 2017

Had he not been assassinated in 1968, Martin Luther King Jr. would be 88 on Monday. While his life ended after being shot at the Lorraine Motel in …

Canada Just Opened a Massive Museum Dedicated Solely to Music Photos

The latest building from Allied Works Architecture (AWA), the Portland, Oregon–based firm helmed by visionary architect Brad Cloepfil, may be many things—among them a 300-seat performance hall, a museum, and the home of Canada’s National Music Centre—but it certainly isn’t shy. The …

Edvard Munch's The Scream Is Infinitely More Horrific as an Action Figure

The latest masterpiece to get the action figure treatment in Figma’s Table Museum series is the tortured soul featured in Edvard Munch’s famous <i>The</i> …

Watch: The Japanese Art of Candy Sculpting

In Japan, sculpting candy into works of art is a long-held tradition. Known as amezaiku, it may be fading, but some artists are trying to keep it alive. This video from Great Big Story introduces 27-year-old Shinri Tezuka, who transforms sugar into incredibly detailed figurines.<p>"Amezaiku is shaping …

18 Breathtaking Photos Of Ballet Dancers Featured In 'The Art Of Movement'

New York City Ballet

Watch a Lego Death Star build in super-smooth stop motion

Learn how to build a Death Star Lego from the bottom up. Even Darth Vader would be impressed.<p>Building the mammoth Death Star Lego set is the kind of project that can take weeks to finish, especially for beginner brick enthusiasts.<p>Amsterdam-based Lego fan Bart van Dijk didn't just build his Death …

Illusion Knitting Turns Angles and Stitches Into Hidden Art

Seen close-up and head-on, an illusion knit wall hanging might look like a mundane collection of stripes gently snagged by cat claws. But step a few …

Knitting

Ancient Greeks may have helped design China's Terracotta Army, experts say

Archaeologists have unearthed evidence that ancient Greeks may have helped design the famous Terracotta Army, which could shed new light on China’s early contact with the west.<p>The 8,000 warriors guarding the tomb of China’s First Emperor Qin Shi Huang date back to the third century B.C. and have …

Archaeology

18 Genius Ways To Repurpose Your Old Jeans

Don't let great denim go to waste.

A French Recruit Tells ‘Why I Left ISIS’

As the so-called Islamic State continues to lose territory in Iraq and Syria, its many internal divisions and contradictions are ever more</i> …

Deir ez-Zor

BBC - Culture - Van Gogh and the decision that changed art history

In 1878 Van Gogh was a struggling would-be preacher. At his lowest ebb, he began to draw. Alastair Sooke looks back at this pivotal moment in history.<p>In the spring of 1878, Vincent van Gogh turned 25. As he looked back over his short life, the Dutchman found little to celebrate among the meagre …

Art History

Amazing Sculptures That Are Purely A Work Of Great Artists Imagination

World is full of artists and sometimes, these great artist create some masterpieces. While, there are a number of sculptures in this world but few …

Amazing

The World Can Learn a Thing or Two From The Tragically Hip

This year, Canada made history. No we didn't win an unprecedented amount of medals at the Olympics and we didn't have an earth shattering election …

Canada

“it’s Going To Be Okay”: A Beautiful Story

This is a true story about a plane crash in 1947 with a very unexpected ending. Story illustrated by The Oatmeal.

The most famous artists of all time

Unlike movies, art isn’t something everybody knows about. So it takes a lot for an artist to truly register in the popular imagination and earn a …

Art History