At just shy of $200 each, these Copycat Art Scratchers are an expensive way for your cat to stay entertained while you’re at work all day. But, relatively speaking, they’re a lot cheaper than your cat destroying an actual priceless piece of artwork like da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, or Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
After a decade of work, French scientist Pascal Cotte claims there are hidden portraits underneath the Mona Lisa—including one of a distinctly different woman. Art experts are skeptical.
The majority of the world’s most famous artworks lie on two-dimensional canvas, which makes them impossible for the visually impaired to enjoy. But a team from Helsinki is trying to change that, with 3D-printed versions of famous works, that blind people can touch and feel.
There is art in everything. Value in trash. Millions in the tiniest of things. Take this stamp. Known as the One-Cent Magenta from British Guiana, it's 158 years old, hasn't been seen in public since the mid 1980's and is considered to be the Mona Lisa of stamps. Oh and Sotheby's expects it to sell for $10 million to…
Thanks to a wonderful coincidence, Leonardo da Vinci may have invented the first stereoscopic image in history. According to researchers Claus-Christian Carbon and Vera M Hesslinger, the Mona Lisa can be seen in 3D thanks to another version that was painted side by side as Leonardo was making the original.
A clever design and ad campaign to raise money for Fondazione ANT, an Italian organization that provides free social assistance, healthcare and prevention against cancer. I kind of find La Gioconda more beautiful without the hair.
Researchers who've been hunting for Mona Lisa's skeleton are now opening up a family tomb in hopes of confirming Mona Lisa's existence. They want to confirm that bones they found last year under a convent are the remains of Lisa Gherardini. The family tomb they're cracking open is the resting place for Gherardini's…
Feast your eyes on the "Mini Lisa," recently created by a team of researchers at Georgia tech. While it looks here to be a decent size, it in fact measures just 30-microns thick – a little under half the width of the average human hair:
Working with Toshiba, the Louvre has recently completed an upgrade to the Mona Lisa's lighting which will ensure that the museum's guests will be able to experience the painting as it was intended to be—no matter the time of day or what else is going on nearby.
Researchers at the University of California, Riverside, received an initial grant of $25,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities, which they will use to explore the effectiveness of cutting-edge facial-recognition technology in centuries-old portraits and other fine art.
Does the Mona Lisa have a twin sister? For years, art historians thought a second version of Leonardo Da Vinci's famous painting was a copy created years after the original. But now that the painting has been restored, it appears it may have been painted at the same time — and in the same room — as its more famous…
Scientists have found the earliest copy of the Gioconda, the most famous smile in the world. In fact, it's so early that it was done by an apprentice at da Vinci's studio, at the same time or shortly after the original was made.
The Mona Lisa, by Leonardo da Vinci, is possibly the most well-known piece of art in the world. One of the reasons why people wax rhapsodic over the painting is the tiny hint of a smile on the woman's face. That fascinating expression has launched a thousand silly theories. Find out about the physics, the biology, the…
What makes a person want to make an insanely complicated connect-the-dot poster? Glory! Artist Thomas Pavitt created this 6,239 dot recreation of the Mona Lisa to set a world record. A record that he might be the first to hold.
We might be on the verge of the biggest archaeological discovery in art history. A tomb in Florence could hold the remains of the model who sat for Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa some 500 years ago.
A team of researchers in Italy are on the hunt to find the real Mona Lisa. That lawn mower looking machine they're holding is actually a geo-radar device that will scan the ground to locate the skull of the mysterious woman with an even more mysterious smile.
Recognize this 77 x 54-centimeter oil on canvas painting? Believe it or not, it's perhaps the best-known Leonardo da Vinci painting this side of The Last Supper.
This is not part of Dan Brown's novel. Researcher Silvano Vinceti— chairman of the Italian national committee for cultural heritage—has found a secret code in the Mona Lisa by scanning her eyes. A code that could reveal her mysterious identity:
Apparently, everyone has long been baffled by how Leonardo da Vinci created such subtle shadows and light on the Mona Lisa. So much so that scientists X-rayed the painting to discover his technique.