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Dissecting Leonardo da Vinci’s Famous ‘The Last Supper’ Painting

During the Renaissance, “Old Master” <b>Leonardo da Vinci</b> produced an unprecedented amount of work. Among his famously eclectic—and seemingly endless—portfolio, there are three creations that stand out from the rest: the <i>Mona Lisa</i> (a painted portrait), the <i>Vitruvian Man</i> (a scientific drawing), and <b>The</b> …

Leonardo Da Vinci

The Six Wives of Henry VIII: Divorced, Beheaded, Died, Divorced, Beheaded, Survived!

A lot of us have been hearing stories about King Henry VIII since we were little. We’re taught that he led an extravagant lifestyle, that he was a …

Henry Viii

World's Oldest Cheese, Found in Ancient Tomb, Was Also Very Dangerous

Humans have been producing and consuming cheese for a very long time, as the recent discovery of 3,200-year-old cheese in an ancient Egyptian tomb …

Archaeology

Baker Tops Nature-Inspired Cakes with Realistic Buttercream Botanicals

<b>Cake art</b> is more popular than ever, with many bakers creating sweet treats that not only taste good, but are a feast for the eyes too. One creative chef to do so is self-confessed “buttercream enthusiast” Leslie Vigil. The California-based artist is part of Tasteful Cakes, a family-owned cake shop …

Dessert

One of the World’s Most Valuable Artists Has Dozens of Overlooked Masterpieces

<i>Box of Apples in Wales</i>, 1939<p>Freud is the grandson of Sigmund Freud. Born in Berlin, he and his family fled the Nazis and emigrated to London in …

Art

15 Terrifying Horror Movies On Netflix You Need To Watch Now

There has never been a better time to be a horror movie fan. The sheer number of films available on VoD, subscription, and streaming services means that the biggest challenge viewers have is deciding what to watch--we've all spent way too much time scrolling through page after page of movies in …

Horror

Understanding Edward Hopper’s Lonely Vision of America, beyond “Nighthawks”

Edward Hopper, <i>Nighthawks</i>, 1942. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.For an image so often associated with loneliness, Edward Hopper’s <i>Nighthawks</i> (1942) is …

Art

Pianist Plays a Moving Version of Debussy ‘Clair de Lune’ for a Beautiful Eighty Year Old Elephant

Paul Barton, an artist and musician living in Thailand who has played a green piano with an elephant named Peter and played a beautiful Bach concerto …

Piano

Leonardo Da Vinci’s To-Do List Proves He’s a True Renaissance Man

Many of us are list makers. Lists can help us keep our lives organized, track our goals, and provide a roadmap of ideas and desires. In the digital age, putting pen to paper, creating lists, and keeping notebooks are seeing a surprising resurgence. Just look at the bullet journal trend. But there's …

Leonardo Da Vinci

A Mother Orca Is Still Carrying Her Dead Calf, 10 Days Later

Tahlequah has swum hundreds of miles during her grand act of grief.<p>The orca whale whose calf died just minutes after it was born is still carrying the body through the waters of the Pacific Northwest, 10 days after her grief ricocheted around the world.<p>Tahlequah, also known as J-35, is part of an …

Animals

A small-town couple left behind a stolen painting worth over $100 million — and a big mystery

Jerry and Rita Alter kept to themselves. They were a lovely couple, neighbors in the small New Mexico town of Cliff would later tell reporters. But no one knew much about them.<p>They may have been hiding a decades-old secret, pieces of which are now just emerging.<p>Among them:<p>After the couple died, a …

New Mexico

Stylish 2,000-Year-Old Roman Shoe Found in a Well

When the Romans pushed their way north into the German provinces, they built (circa 90 AD) The Saalburg, a fort that protected the boundary between …

Sandals

LeBron James Proved That Trump Fundamentally Misunderstands Sports

Of all the black athletes President Trump has slandered and scapegoated, he has never come after LeBron James. Not that I want him to, but I have to …

Donald Trump

Why Gala Dalí—Muse, Model and Artist—Was More Than Just Salvador’s Wife

<i>Gala Salvador Dalí: A Room of One’s Own in Púbol</i>, a new exhibition at the Museu Nacional d’Art de Catalunya in Barcelona, derives its name from …

Art

18 Genuinely Fascinating True Crime Documentaries You Can Watch On Netflix Right Now

Prepare to be fascinated.<p>Some submissions have been edited for length and/or clarity.

Archaeologists discover 2,400-year-old solid gold ‘bongs’ used by Aryan kings to smoke cannabis at ceremonies

<b>Archaeologists have uncovered two 2,400-year-old pure gold ‘bongs’ that were used by Aryan tribal chiefs to smoke cannabis during ceremonies. The</b> …

Archaeology

Could Depression Be An Immune Response To Stress? A New Study Suggests An Answer

Science is gradually piecing together the vexing brain puzzle that connects depression and inflammation, and an important new piece just fell into place. Researchers using a mouse model have discovered how stress triggers an immune response in the brain that leads to inflammation and ultimately …

Research

25 Unbelievable Things Found On Earth We Can’t Explain

In the modern age, we’d love to believe we have everything figured out. With science increasing our knowledge every day, it’s an easy thing to buy …

Archaeology

The seven ancient wonders of the world

Only the pyramids stand today. What did the other 6 look like?<br>Read More

Ancient History

Gallery owner’s $15K gamble on storage locker pays off big time

It was the offer of a lifetime he almost refused.<p>A Chelsea art gallery owner hit the jackpot when he took a $15,000 gamble on a storage locker and …

Check Out The Snarkiest Cartoons On Trump's Summit With Putin

Comrade!<p>There are times when no one tells it better than a political cartoonist — especially when inspired by pratfalls like Donald Trump’s summit with Russian President Vladimir Putin in Helsinki on Monday.<p>From Amsterdam to New Zealand, Columbus to Charlotte, these cartoons skewer with painful …

Donald Trump

Rembrandt’s An Old Woman Reading: subtle drama and rugged human experience

Golden oldies …<p>In 17th-century Netherlands, the detailed depiction of careworn, lived-in elderly faces became an artist’s calling card. Though this was created in 1655, when Rembrandt was middle aged, in his youth the artist painted many “tronies” or faces like this one, establishing his reputation …

Archaeologists Find What Could be the Oldest Written Record of Homer's 'Odyssey'

Archaeologists have discovered what they believe is the oldest known inscription of Homer’s epic poem “Odyssey.”<p>The poem was engraved on a clay …

He invented the Klingon language for ‘Star Trek.’ But how?

Marc Okrand, 69, is often asked how to say “I love you” in Klingon, but the closest phrase is actually “I dis-hate you.” He lives in Adams Morgan.<p><b>Klingon is this big deal now. It’s had a quarterly journal, a fiction and poetry magazine, there’s a Klingon opera, there are Klingon translations of</b> …

Star Trek

How do you solve a problem like Gauguin?

Every year, it seems, there’s another movie about Vincent van Gogh. But what about his post-Impressionist pal Paul Gauguin? He might be the less-celebrated artist, but Gauguin’s story has everything — sex, intrigue, passion. A vaguely villainous beard. And you end up in Tahiti. What’s not to …

Art

What Is a Microaggression? Everyday Insults with Harmful Effects

A microaggression is a subtle behavior – verbal or non-verbal, conscious or unconscious – directed at a member of a marginalized group that has a …

‘The English Patient’ Wins Best of Man Booker Prize

LONDON — “The English Patient,” the wartime love story by Michael Ondaatje, won the Golden Man Booker Prize here on Sunday night.<p>The one-off award, voted for by the public, commemorates the 50th anniversary of the Man Booker prize. The shortlist of five novels was selected by a panel of judges from …

Keep on moving: the bizarre dance epidemic of summer 1518

The claim that the dancers were religious subversives is improbable – it was clear they did not want to be dancing<p>It started with just a few people dancing outdoors in the summer heat. Arms flailing, bodies swaying and clothes soaked with sweat, they danced through the night and into the next day. …

Dancing

Scientists Might Have Just Discovered a 'New Type of Depression'

This could explain so much.<p>It's called the monoamine hypothesis, and while it's improved the lives of millions who experience depression, for …

20+ of the Best Free Online Resources From Art Institutions Around the World

Today, more and more art institutions are sharing their permanent collections online. Intended to increase visibility and promote accessibility, <b>digitization projects</b> are a great way for museums and libraries to attract modern audiences.<p>For years, many organizations have offered images of their …

Museums