Visual Arts | Art

7 Pieces of Art That Were Lost to History

Plenty of famous art has been looted, stolen, destroyed, or has otherwise disappeared over the centuries.

History | History

30 Interesting Facts About Vincent Van Gogh You Might Not Know

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous and revered artists of the world. Commonly known as a tortured individual, but highly respected by artists and spectators alike. Even though van Gogh was never

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The best online art history courses from Harvard, MIT, and more

Whether you're interested in surrealism, ancient art, or photography, these free (or affordable) online classes bring the museum right to your couch.

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Researchers Find DNA, Bacteria on Leonardo da Vinci’s Drawings

Researchers have found DNA and bacteria on Leonardo da Vinci's drawings and published their findings in a new study.

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Leonardo da Vinci may have painted another 'Mona Lisa.' Now, there's a legal battle over who owns it - CNN Style

Kept hidden for decades in a Swiss vault, the so-called "Isleworth Mona Lisa" is at the center of a mysterious ownership dispute.

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The Many, Many Theories About Leonardo da Vinci - The Atlantic

The artist, inventor, and all-around Renaissance man has been dead for half a millennium, but there’s no end to the wild sleuthing about him and his work.

Miscellaneous | Other Stuff

The astonishing life of Johan van Gogh: Vincent's great-nephew dies aged 96

A tribute to Theo Van Gogh’s grandson, who served in the Dutch secret service

News | Interesting Links

Unearthing Photography’s Time Capsule - The New York Times

Four trailblazing photographers — Robert Frank, Robert Heinecken, Dave Heath and John Wood — collaborated on a project that was hidden for 30 years.

Visual Arts | Art & Design

A beginner's guide to art history

Museum researchers tell us that the average visitor spends just 17 to 27 seconds in front of an artwork - yet such a short window of time won't reveal much about the history of the artwork. So, what should you be looking for when you stand in front of a w

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Why Rembrandt Is Considered One of Art History’s Most Important Old Masters

Dutch artist Rembrandt is considered one of the most important and influential Old Masters. Here, we look at the most famous Rembrandt paintings, drawings, and prints to understand why he is such a prolific figure in both the Dutch Golden Age and in all o

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A Century's Worth of Important Art History Is Going Online

The Wildenstein Plattner Institute plans to digitize its extensive collection of art history materials in the coming years.

Visual Arts | Photography

This is the Story of the Long Path to Colour in Photographs | Light Stalking

Colour, we take it for granted. We see in it and our digital sensors are capable of capturing millions of variations of it. Of course it has not always been that way. In fact, for the great majority of photographic history, most images were shot in black

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Highlights From A Never-Before-Published Interview With Henri Matisse | Co.Design | business + design

Design Observer has published an illuminating, long-lost interview with French artist Henri Matisse. Read some highlights here.

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The 'Mona Lisa' Just Might Be History's First 3D Image, Researchers Claim

Leonard da Vinci was the original Renaissance man, dabbling in not just art, but anatomy, geology, botany, cartography, mathematics, literature and much, much more. Not only do we give him credit for masterpieces like