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A Lonely Rain Cloud Giving Water Back to the Sea

Huw Alexander Ogilvie was flying over the Pacific Ocean in 2005 when he shot this peculiar photograph of a lone cloud dumping rain onto the world. …

Get Surreal With Oil and Water Photos

Have you ever tried to mix oil and water? Fortunately it just doesn’t work.<p>“Wait,” you say. “Why is this fortunate?”<p>Well because, otherwise you …

Mirrored: Photos Show the Parallels of Two Cities on Opposite Sides of the Globe

“Mirrored” is a photo project that was a collaboration between photographers Markus Andersen and Elif Suyabatmaz. It’s a series of diptychs showing …

Black & White Photography

More than Words: The Illustrated Love Letters, Thank-You Notes, and Travelogues of Great Artists, from Kahlo to Calder to Saint-Exupéry

“Letter writing is probably the most beautiful manifestation in human relations, in fact, it is its finest residue.”<p>Virginia Woolf aptly called letter writing “the humane art.” But what amplifies the humanity and immediacy of words is the addition of art itself — how instantly alive Van Gogh’s …

Pencil artist works in miniature — and that’s the point

Salavat Fidai is working proof that artists need not create large pieces to make a name for themselves.<p>Much of what he creates is no bigger than the tip of a pencil — literally.<p>Under the glow of a single work light while his family sleeps, Fidai uses a craft knife and 4x magnifying glass to create …

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Five things Alice in Wonderland reveals about the brain

Lewis Carroll’s popular tales contain some hidden truths about the human brain that are still inspiring neuroscientists to this day. David Robson takes a leap down the rabbit hole.<p>Lewis Carroll was remarkably modest about his masterpiece. “The heroine spends an hour underground, and meets various …

Alice In Wonderland

Weird Facts Behind 6 Famous Star Wars Costumes

The little-known stories of clothing from a galaxy far, far away, from Darth Vader’s helmet to Padme’s wedding dress to Han Solo’s vest.<p>From Princess Leia’s cinnamon buns and white robes to Darth Vader’s shiny black helmet and billowing cape, the costumes in the seven episodes of <i>Star Wars</i> are among …

Darth Vader

The Magical Movie Poster Art of Drew Struzan

You may not recognize his name, but if you’ve seen a movie poster in the last 40 years you almost certainly know Drew Struzan’s work.<p>The 67-year-old …

Mysterious Street Artist Leaves Beautiful Typographic Messages On Snow-Covered Cars in NYC

“<i>I believe everyone has an affinity for writing in the snow as a child. When most people grow up they lose the urge. I guess I just haven’t been able</i> …

Typography

The 15 Best Erotic Novels to Read Now

Unlike a lot of my sneering literary colleagues, I was excited to read <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i>. A naughty novel that American women are going wild for? Sign me up! Imagine my tremendous disappointment, then, to discover that <i>Fifty Shades of Grey</i> didn't even have all that much transgressive sex in it, …

The top 10 novels featuring works of art

From Dorian Gray’s hidden portrait to Donna Tartt’s stolen Goldfinch, novelist Sophia Tobin chooses her favourite books with paintings at their heart<p>A work of art can fire my imagination like nothing else. If I’m feeling stuck during the writing process, I look at a painting from the period I’m …

Literature

French Museums Will Loan 300 Masterpieces To The Louvre Abu Dhabi

The museum, built at a cost of 500 million euros ($630 million) and set to open in December 2015, will feature paintings and sculptures from 13 of France's most renowned collections spanning from pre-Bronze Age to Pop Art, it said in a statement.<p>"This will be the first time many of these works will …

Abu Dhabi

Free Entrance at the Best Museums in Paris

Share<p><b>Paris is undoubtedly one of world’s cities with the most important museums of historical and contemporary art and architecture. Not only the</b> …

Newfound 'Gospel of the Lots of Mary' discovered in ancient text

A 1,500-year-old book that contains a previously unknown gospel has been deciphered. The ancient manuscript may have been used to provide guidance or encouragement to people seeking help for their problems, according to a researcher who has studied the text.<p>Written in Coptic, an Egyptian language, …

Archaeology

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Pictures of the Week 2.5.15

3,000-Year-Old Bronze Sword Discovered in China

An 11-year-old boy was washing his hands in the Laozhoulin River in Gaoyou County, China, when he felt something hard and metallic. He pulled out the …

Museums

Mummified monk isn't actually dead, says Buddhist expert

A mummified monk thought to be more than 200 years old is "not dead," but actually in a state of "very deep meditation," according to Buddhist monk …

Highlights From A Never-Before-Published Interview With Henri Matisse

Design Observer has published an illuminating, long-lost interview with French artist Henri Matisse. Read some highlights here.<p>In August of 1946, after the end of World War II, an art-obsessed American soldier named Jerome Seckler interviewed legendary French painter Henri Matisse. At the time, …

Art

Picasso's granddaughter is about to flood the market with thousands of his paintings, and art investors are freaking out

Earlier this year, we learned that Marina Picasso, the granddaughter of famed Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, planned to sell off her grandfather's art from her private collection.<p>Early rumors hinted that she would be parting with seven very famous paintings as well as the villa she inherited, La …

Fine Art

Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird and 9 More Must-Read Novels That Won the Pulitzer Prize

When <i>A Bullseye View</i>’s bookworms found out that Harper Lee, author of <i>To Kill a Mockingbird</i>, would be publishing her sophomore novel at the age of 88, …

Literature