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Museums

How Arthur Rackham’s 1907 Drawings for Alice in Wonderland Revolutionized the Carroll Classic, the Technology of Book Art, and the Economics of Illustration

“Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”<p>In the 150 years since Lewis Carroll first told the story of Wonderland to the real-life Alice, <i>Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland</i> has attracted a number of stunning visual interpretations ranging from Salvador Dalí to …

Literature

Explore Salvador Dali's Paintings Through VR Video

Immerse yourself in the Surrealist artist’s dreamscapes.<p>The Dali Museum in St. Petersburg, Florida has launched a new exhibit titled “Disney & Dali: Architects of the Imagination,” telling the story of an unlikely friendship between Surrealist painter Salvador Dali and entertainment innovator Walt …

Art

Exhibit Features 50 Rare Ancient Bronze Sculptures

A touring exhibit arrived recently at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C. showcasing an assemblage of ancient sculptures previously …

Explore Salvador Dalí's World in Virtual Reality

Drift through Dali's 'Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet’s Angelus' on Google Cardboard, an iPhone, or your browser.<p>Fairly early in Salvador Dalí's career, between 1933 and 1935, he worked on a painting titled <i>Archaeological Reminiscence of Millet's Angelus.</i> A surreal interpretation of …

Banksy Mural Criticizing Teargas Use on Refugees Is Boarded Up

The latest artwork by the elusive street artist Banksy, which appears to criticize the use of teargas on refugees at the Calais migrant camp known as …

Streetwear

Medieval Exhibitions 2016

This year opens with a number of exhibitions on medieval matters of the more esoteric kind. Autumn will bring a major exhibition in Paris on the …

Rose Bowl

Artist Illustrates Amazingly Detailed Plant-life with Millions of Dots

Sometimes art pieces look effortless, and sometimes it is clear to see the intense time and labour commitment given to a project. Xavier Casalta‘s floral illustrations most definitely fall into the latter category. Created using a stippling technique, Casalta's insanely intricate pieces are formed …

Art

Inside the $80M scam that rocked the art world and hits courts this week

The painting was easy to love, and Domenico and Eleanore De Sole fell hard.<p>The Rothko even came with a romantic back story. As explained to the De …

A haunted, hidden world of caves

Nottingham is an English city with a secret: inhabitants have been digging caves here for 1700 years. More than 500 have been found – and a new project is revealing their secrets.<p>Nottingham is a city with a secret: below its shops, restaurants, houses, malls and pubs lies a hidden world of caves …

Archaeology

Bones of Thomas Becket to return to Canterbury – via Hungary

Relics which escaped Reformation and became a symbol of resistance to Communism return to site of murder after 800 years in gesture of unity between Anglicans and Catholics<p>A fragment of bone believed to come from the body of Thomas Becket is to return to England from Hungary for the first time in …

Christianity

Oldest Monument Gets Multi-Million Dollar Funding

An archaeological site in Turkey home to the world's oldest monument will receive an investment of over $15 million over the next 20 years.

Archaeology

Surreal estate: a piece of medieval Italy – in pictures

This fully habitable stone property from the 1600s is in the popular hilltop village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio, north of Rome<p>This fully restored three-bedroom stone property, dating back to 1600, is in the tiny medieval hilltop village of Santo Stefano di Sessanio in the Italian province of …

Italy

35,000 Year Old Cave Painting Of Ancient Volcanic Eruption

The Chauvet-Pont D’Arc cave located in southern France may be the location of the world’s oldest depiction of a volcanic eruption. The walls of the “Cave of Forgotten Dreams” are filled with cones and spray-shaped images were previously unidentified. Research published in <i>PLoS ONE</i> confirmed that the …

Painting

Meet the Indiana Jones of Stolen Art

At the center of art world drama between the Netherlands and Ukraine, you'll find art historian Arthur Brand.<p>On a warm August day in 2015, Dr. Arthur Brand is in an office building not far from the Dutch embassy in the Ukraine capital of Kiev. Standing, Brand is a cool 6’3, topped with …

Yale's humanities programs just got their largest-ever donation — and it was given anonymously

The donation lacked some of the typical fanfare that accompanies massive donations at prestigious universities, as it was provided anonymously.<p>Yale has said that it will use the donation to renovate the Hall of Graduate Studies, transforming it "into a central home for humanities education and …

Rebirth of 1,000-year-old castle in Italy that once hosted Salvador Dali

Medieval castle was home to former debutante who entertained Beat poets and invented the modern bra<p>A 1,000-year-old Italian castle once owned by the hedonistic American libertine who first patented the bra has been returned to its former glory.<p>The fortress of Rocca Sinibalda, 50 miles north of …

John Dee painting originally had circle of human skulls, x-ray imaging reveals

Enigmatic Tudor polymath known in his day as ‘the Queen’s conjuror’ is subject of exhibition at Royal College of Physicians<p>Hidden beneath a painting of the enigmatic Tudor polymath John Dee performing an experiment for Elizabeth I is a dark and slightly terrifying secret, research has …

Archaeology

12 Fascinating Facts About the Metropolitan Museum of Art

With 17 curatorial departments, 2 million square feet of gallery space, and more than 2 million works in its permanent collections, the Metropolitan …

Pop Culture

A Bronze Age fire yields unparalleled artifacts, preserved for 3,000 years

Once upon a Bronze Age, a fire struck a house on a river.<p>It was a circular wooden house, built on stilts and home to a family whose life changed in a moment. When embers began to engulf the walls around them, some members of the household were in the middle of a meal, their spoons stuck inside soup …

Archaeology

Inside the secretive world of the art market

Why do some artists command such eye-watering prices, while others’ works are worthless? Will Gompertz visits an auction house in London to find out.<p>Art is unlike any other commodity. The normal rules of economics simply do not apply. There is almost never a price tag; instead the buyer must …

Art

How a German museum is restoring a legendary Pollock

Jackson Pollock's iconic "Number 32" is undergoing restoration in Germany. A special method was developed to clean the painting, without affecting …

400 Years After His Death, Shakespeare's First Folio Goes Out On Tour

One of the world's most precious volumes starts a tour on Monday, in Norman, Okla. The Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C., is sending out William Shakespeare's First Folio to all 50 states to mark the 400th anniversary of the bard's death. Published seven years after he died, the First …

William Shakespeare

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The 18 Most Appalling International Art World Scandals of 2015

The year in vandalism, animal cruelty, censorship and Marina Abramovic.<p><i>See the original post on artnet News.</i><p>It seems as if there's never a quiet moment in the art world, especially during boom times. There are record-breaking auctions, controversial exhibitions, and even violent episodes by …

Archaeologists Find ‘Impressive’ Ancient Statue That Could Symbolize Jesus or the Flock of the ‘Good Shepherd’

Israeli archaeologists announced Sunday the discovery of a ram statue in the ancient port city of Caesarea they believe may have been meant to depict either Jesus or the Good Shepherd’s flock.<p>“In ancient Christianity Jesus was not portrayed as a person. Instead, symbols were used, one of which was …

Archaeology

A New Site Lets You Walk the British Museum From Your Couch

The world’s oldest national public museum is now the world’s largest indoor Google Street View.<p>In 1774, the British Museum—founded just 21 years earlier as the world’s first national public museum—had a problem, according to its then-director Matthew Maty. Too many of its 10,000 annual visitors …

Google Street View