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Reproductions In A Time Of The Culture Of Originality

The first time I laid eyes on Michelangelo's Pietà in St. Peter's Basilica at the Vatican, I let out a sob.<p>I don't know why. I was surrounded by a dense crowd of tourists; the sculpture was set back behind a thick Plexiglas panel. Whatever view I was able to enjoy was punctuated by the lights of …

Bosch's Garden of Earthly Delights shows a world waking up to the future

With its giant strawberries and nudity, Hieronymus Bosch’s painting has been seen as a celebration and warning about sin – but it’s really about a Renaissance-era curiosity that helped better explain the world<p>The Garden of Earthly Delights by Hieronymus Bosch is a wonder of art. By that I don’t …


Italian Paintings

Italian paintings are some of the best examples of European art since the Middle Ages<p>They were particularly influential during the Renaissance …

Louvre art treasures showcased in Beijing[1]

A 1785 sculpture of famous French fabulist Jean de la Fontaine is on display at the <i>Invention of Louvre exhibition</i> at the National Museum of China in …


The Botticelli Code: The Hidden Histories Behind 10 of the Florentine Artist's Masterpieces

You might think you know a little something about <b>Sandro Botticelli</b>: his life in 15th-century Florence, the patronage of the infamous <b>Medici</b> clan, his …

12 Clever Tips To Help Make The Most Of Your Food

Make bitter coffee taste better and check whether eggs are rotten without cracking them open. Thanks to the American Chemical Society's "Reactions" video series for most of these tips.