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July 16, 2019

Pigments have been with people throughout our time. If you think about the oldest cave paintings or wall paintings, which are tens of thousands of years old, they incorporate color. The artists chose color — they didn’t just scratch the wall. They us...

July 16, 2019

When Jakob Vinther looks through the lens of his electron microscope, he gets to glimpse at remnants of a time most of us can barely imagine. Although our curiosity, previously fueled by scientific inquiry constrained by the limitations of its time,...

July 15, 2019

The leaf gets its name from financier John Pierpont Morgan (1837 - 1913), who purchased the artifact in 1912 for 30,000 francs at a Sotheby's auction in New York City. Morgan was a lover of art, science, and history, and the Morgan Leaf — which i...

July 15, 2019

Whether they understood it or not, artists have been using the basic principles of visual perception to persuade our primary sense (vision) to play along and perceive depth on a flat, two-dimensional canvas for a very long time; but, what we ultimate...

July 15, 2019

In 1973, anthropologist Justine Cordwell wrote a paper titled “The Very Human Arts of Transformation” in which she explains her theory for why people put such attention on changing their appearance. “Mankind, from earliest times,” she writes, “has pr...

July 15, 2019

Ötzi, known as the “Iceman,” is a heavily tattooed mummified male, who lived approximately 5,300 years ago in the Ötztal Alps. Scientific analysis of his remains suggests that he had rheumatism as well as a whipworm infection, which likely caused him...

July 15, 2019

Napoleon Bonaparte: revolutionary military commander, first Emperor of France, and champion of widely influential civil codes.

Vincent Van Gogh: Dutch oil painter of starry nights and sunflowers, post-Impressionist idol, self-mutilating psychiatric pa...

July 15, 2019

“Ideograms, with their ancient history, are marvellous examples of abstract beauty, organisms of lines, of spaces filled and unfilled, of visible and invisible relations the sum-total of whose equilibrium is the result of the work of generations of a...

July 15, 2019

Vantablack is in fact the blackest black that exists on our planet. Mind blowingly, it is not the blackest material in the universe, but it’s the closest thing to a black hole as we are ever likely to see. That's because it absorbs up to 99.965%...

July 15, 2019

Joseph Pennell (1857 — 1926) was an American writer, etcher, lithographer, and artist, who produced over 5,000 drawings throughout his lifetime. Because a sizable number of his impressive illustrations were featured in popular magazines and books — m...

July 15, 2019

Max Factor Lipstick Ads 1935 — 1960: A photo essay

July 15, 2019

1892: Winsor & Newton is founded at 38 Rathbone Place | Scientist William Winsor and artist Henry Newton establish their partnership at 38 Rathbone Place, London.

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