Mona Lisa

Leonardo da Vinci: The Biography by Walter Isaacson review – unparalleled creative genius

Flamboyant, illegitimate and self taught, he was unreliable and an unashamed self-publicist. He was also one of the most gifted and inventive men in history<p>In 1501, desperate for Leonardo to paint her portrait, the immensely rich Isabella d’Este employed a friar to act as go-between. The friar met …

Walter Isaacson

If Art Isn't A Bubble, Maybe Bitcoin Isn't Either

I am getting tired of reading article after article comparing the rise of Bitcoin to tulips (link). Or the rise of Bitcoin to the South Sea Company bubble (link). Maybe the detractors are just comparing it to the wrong asset that is difficult to value but continues to rise in price. Someone paid …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Joel Embiid takes a shot at Russell Westbrook’s shooting efficiency

The petty is strong between these two. Bill Streicher-USA TODAY Sports<p>The Sixers and Thunder squared off in a triple-overtime thriller on Friday …

Basketball

'The New Wealth of Nations' review: The path to growth

For development economists, study of the growth process of developing countries has an allure like Mona Lisa’s smile for connoisseurs of art. In the …

Economics

'You can't see the Empire State Building from the top': readers on overrated tourist sights

With a new zoo in China leaving visitors underwhelmed, we asked you about the tourist attractions you found a letdown<p>The Empire State building: Matt Walton, 33, Hull<p>After joining a queue that stretched around the block from the front door, we thought we might be waiting to get in for 20 minutes or …

Empire State Building

8 things to do in Paris that aren't total tourist traps

Climbing the Eiffel Tower, seeing the brushstrokes on Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, tearing apart a baguette and drinking wine straight out of the bottle on the Seine — the images of a trip to Paris are clear to anyone who has only seen the City of Light in guidebooks and movies.<p>And yet, real functioning, …

Paris

7 Ways Women Can Create an Aura of Beauty to Attract Men

Attracting men has everything to do with our “aura” or the quality we emanate. In fact, whenever you come across a man whose attention you want to …

Relationships

Must-Reads for 2017: World Crisis Edition

Novels about Syria, a jotting genius, Indian massacres and the return of George Smiley.<p>Here are five titles that deeply impressed me of the 100 or so I’ve read this year. Each helps illuminate some aspect of global affairs, often in ways that can make us uncomfortable. The best books challenge us, …

Books

AR and VR could be educational — and profitable — tools for museums

Museums are wonderful institutions and treasures to society with a serious and important mission to preserve our history. What major city doesn’t boast at least one incredible museum that local communities and traveling visitors alike can enjoy and learn from?<p>Although significant as centers of …

Business

Oldest living shark, born in 1500s, discovered in North Atlantic Ocean

One Danish scientist, Julius Nielsen, has recently discovered a creature, in the North Atlantic Ocean, which is said to be 18 feet long and 512 years …

Oceans

10 Hidden Images Discovered Beneath Famous Classic Paintings

Some classic paintings have surprised us with their “secrets”—forgotten paintings and images concealed for centuries until restoration techniques or …

Art History

Where's the next Venice? New report highlights the cities under threat from tourist overcrowding

The problem of tourist overcrowding that has blighted cities such as Barcelona and Venice in recent years could soon reach Lisbon, Prague and Marrakech, a new report has warned.<p>Research by the World Tourism and Travel Council (WTTC) has concluded that there is no silver bullet for the issue of …

Tourism

What's Sfumato with You? | How Leonardo da Vinci Created the Mona Lisa

The Mona Lisa … Gone Up in Smoke<p>Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci, oil painting<p>Each day, people from all over the globe travel to Paris to visit the …

Art

Georgia editorial roundup

Recent editorials from Georgia newspapers:<p>Dec. 13<p>Savannah Morning News on the U.S. General Services Administration proposing to tear down two …

Business

US and Russian Museums Join Forces to Combat ISIS Destruction in the Age of Digital Reproductions

Art World<p>The Smithsonian Institute and Hermitage as well as the Louvre are among among the 19 institutions to sign a declaration of …

Mosques

£15m Pier Pavilion decision on hold so design can be made 'more acceptable'

The decision whether to grant the controversial £15m Pier Pavilion project has been put on hold until the New Year so the design of the scheme can be …

News (Wales)

The rise of selfie museums

Coming in January, you'll be able to buy tickets to the Museum of Selfies in Glendale. It's part of the trend this past year of "made-for-Instagram" …

Joan Didion

More Mr Bean than John Wayne: thumbs down for Roy Moore's horsemanship

The Republican Senate contender rode to the polls on his horse Sassy on Tuesday – but many Twitter users were severely unimpressed with his form<p>Roy Moore’s sister says ‘every single woman is lying’<p>It seemed like a one-horse race – and then Roy Moore turned up. The would-be Alabama senator went to …

Politics

Add a Splash of the Caribbean to Your Holidays

A tropical take on eggnog; Vivian Howard’s new pizza place; and surviving snow<p>You’re still shopping for presents, addressing holiday cards, and hoping that family vacation will plan itself. It’s beginning to look a lot you’re not ready for Christmas. But no need to panic. We’ve got you covered with …

Christmas

Review: Microsoft Surface Studio Helps Businesses Unleash Creativity

A key to the popularity of the Microsoft Surface Pro tablets is their portability. However, some users may want a larger screen. It’s just not easy …

Laptops

The Provies: Goldy time, why Green and The Flow work, Burmistrov debate and the Wrath of Sportsnet Eric | The Province

<b>BEST IT’S TIME</b><p>Nikolay Goldobin can score.<p>He’s played 21 games with Utica. He’s put 11 in the net.<p>Whether this particular skill can translate …

Carson Wentz

Custom classics: Converse brings free 'Chucks By You' to the Galleria

The Converse sneaker company has a deal at the Galleria now until Christmas: Bring a new pair of Chuck Taylor All Stars — doesn't matter where you …

Shoes

10 Great Works Of Art With Incredible Secret Meanings

Ever since Dan Brown wrote The Da Vinci Code, the Internet has been awash with people trying to solve the “mysteries” of great art. From aliens in …

Art History

The One Key Trait that Einstein, da Vinci, and Steve Jobs Had in Common | Heleo

“Don’t be afraid of daydreaming, and then trying the impossible.”<p><b>READ ON TO DISCOVER:</b><p><i>Which famous genius was a massive procrastinator</i>• <i><br>Why Steve Jobs</i> …

Leonardo Da Vinci

Snap Judgements About the New Bachelor Contestants

ABC's romance juggernaut <i>The Bachelor</i> races back to the airwaves in 2018 in a quest to find a match for Formula 1 driver Arie Luyendyk, Jr. it's not a moment too soon. Today, the network released profiles on all 29 of Arie's potential lovemates, prompting three very important questions: 1) With whom …

The Bachelor

Precious Gems Bear Messages From Earth’s Molten Heart

Around 1920, Justo Daza, an experienced mine worker, and Fritz Klein, a mining engineer, were scrambling over the steep mountainside terraces of Chivor, a legendary emerald site in northeast Colombia. They were breaking rocks apart with long iron poles and explosives packed into drill holes. They …

Science

LeBron James to the Rockets would be complicated. Here's 4 ways Houston can do it.

It’s possible for James to sign with the Rockets next summer, but it would require all of Daryl Morey’s genius.<p>The Houston Rockets increasingly look like the greatest threat to the Golden State Warriors we’ve seen yet. They have a top-10 defense, a top-two offense, an MVP frontrunner, and Chris …

NBA

Sunny Murray 1936–2017

Born in Idabel, Oklahoma in 1936, Murray grew up in Philadelphia and moved to New York at 19. He didn’t even have his own drum kit at first, but …

Music

Former Senator Allegedly Took Dunkin' Donuts Coffee as Bribe

Former Massachusetts Sen. Brian Joyce was charged Friday with taking more than $1 million in bribes — including, according to a 102-page indictment, …

Corruption

'Trans survey': British school children asked to confirm their true gender

Transgender girls Selenna, right, and Genesis who poses inside a Mona Lisa painting, play during celebrations marking Transgender Children's Day in …

LGBTQ