Rembrandt’s An Old Man in Military Costume is a 380-year-old masterpiece with a secret. Beneath the famous figure in the feathered cap hides a much younger man, one that researchers are uncovering in color using advanced x-ray technology.
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While they weren't always depicted as shirtless teen heartthrobs, creatures who turn from human into wolf (and vice versa) appear in tales dating back to antiquity. So throughout the Middle Ages and the Renaissance, artists have had plenty of strange and creepy stories to inform their werewolf illustrations.
While you may take for granted the basic pack of fonts that came with your word processing software, someone had to invent each and every one of those fonts. And while some common fonts were invented after the advent of the computer, others are centuries old.
Roman ruins. Byzantine villages. Umayyad architecture. The relics of the Hittites, Assyrians, Arabs, Mongols, Mamelukes, and Ottomans. Syria has some of the most remarkable cultural history in the world—and now, National Geographic reports that Syrians are using archaeological first aid to save it.
Over the centuries, it has been common to reuse canvases and paint over murals, meaning that many great works of art have been lost between layers of paint. Fortunately, modern technology and notes on the originals lets us see those hidden masterpieces once again.
In the largest room in the White House hangs an iconic full-body portrait of George Washington renouncing a third term as president of the United States. There is a small but obvious spelling error contained within the portrait—and it's actually there for a very specific reason.
The style of Weird Al Yankovic's newest album cover is meant to evoke a Soviet-era propaganda feel, with a hint of totalitarian oppression. Rolling Stone described his outfit as "what appears to be a Russian military uniform". But is it? Is it Russian, or Soviet, or what?
This centuries old, one-third scale anatomical model of a human skull was sculpted by hand and contains remarkable detail. And research suggests that it maybe be a previously undiscovered work made by none other than Leonardo Da Vinci.
These nails are sporting an unmistakable dose of Basquiat with a smattering of Warhol. It's not a rendering—it's real, hand-painted nail art, taken from Nail Art History, a brand new Tumblr that showcases some very impressive manicures based rather accurately on real works of modern art.
One section of Hieronymus Bosch's massive triptych The Garden of Earthly Delights depicts a hellish chorus singing a song painted on the buttocks of a sinner. Now a musician has transcribed it into modern notation for our asinine listening pleasure.
Back in the late 19th century, impressionist artist Claude Monet captured this striking sunset on the Normandy Coast. Now, thanks to the work of forensic astronomers, we known the precise moment it happened: February 5th, 1883 — at exactly 4:53 PM.
While we're used to seeing Michelangelo's majestic finished paintings, this shopping list gives us a look at the master's more hasty and practical drawing. This is an illustrated list that Michelangelo would have given to an illiterate servant.
Just because something is a great work of art doesn't make it immune to the hazards of war and the fingers of thieves. Pictured here are some of the greatest artworks that we've lost over the past century.
This apartment was abandoned just before the start of World War II, and no one gave thought to it until the owner died and her heirs were reconciling her property.
Wormholes — made by actual worms in wood, not gravitational forces in space — are a key to the past. These holes are where beetles lay their young, in trees, furniture, and even great works of art.. And now scientists say the wormholes in ancient paintings reveal the movements of insect species hundreds of years ago.
Here's a new relic for all you amateur Indiana Joneses to instigate Nepalese bar brawls over. Explains the University of California of this odd 1440 tableau, it's "from the Book of Hours of Catherine of Clèves, containing the prayers and litanies of the Mass in Latin, decorated with 157 lavishly colored and gilded…
If you've been to the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, then you may have seen "Enthroned Washington," the statue Horatio Greenough sculpted in honor of the centennial of George Washington. The statue was originally destined for the US Capitol rotunda, but many were offended by the idea of a…
What would da Vinci's Last Supper look like if all the apostles quit playing that game of telephone, wrapped up their Biblical vittles, and went to go hang out in some Toulouse-Lautrecs?
You may remember how an eighty-year-old Spanish woman lovingly trashed the fresco Ecce Homo in a failed art restoration attempt. Reddit user Spinjump took inspiration from this "very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic" and recently debuted this gold-star costume at Anime Weekend Atlanta. We anticipate a veritable …