Everybody knows Picasso, his name precedes his art. But what exactly are we looking at when we look at a Picasso painting? Are we marveling at how wild his work was? Questioning him for cubism? Wondering about his blue period? Thinking if we could paint some wonky pieces and have it considered art? Nerdwriter breaks…
Film takes inspiration from the world around us so it’s no surprise that directors mimic art paintings in their movies. Vugar Efendi put together famous art paintings next to movie scenes to show how film meets art. It’s like seeing the paintings come to life. Some of them are so picturesque that it actually looks…
I can only accept two reasons as for how this drawing of an egg—yes, a drawing—looks like it actually cracks as an artist continues drawing: our eyes are pitiful things that cannot be trusted at all or the artist is a magician. There is no in between. This is expert level artistry that is very likely sorcery at work.…
Charles Le Brun’s painting of Everhard Jabach and His Family was finished in 1660. Now that it’s 2015 and hanging in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, my favorite museum in New York, it was in need of a little bit of, um, reviving. The Met guides us through as it restores the giant piece of art and shows the steps the…
Tim Bavington—an artist based in Las Vegas, Nevada—is not the first artist who tries to paint music but he might be the most precise at it. He came up with a color-coded chord wheel that helps him translate notes into colors so he can make paintings that are exact visualizations of his favorite songs.
The long saga of two giant, colonial-era paintings — stolen from a Bolivian church in 2002 and unwittingly purchased in 2003 by New York collectors, who discovered they were stolen after loaning them for a 2013 exhibit — came full circle yesterday when they were unveiled at the government palace in La Paz.
If you don't know how they're made, Jiří Georg Dokoupil's paintings might look like microscope photos of phosphorescent deep-sea hydrozoa, or maybe computer-generated cartoon characters. Turns out, they're actually the permanent evidence something way simpler: bubbles.
Damien Hirst loves to play provocateur. The artist makes mosaics with pharmaceuticals and sculptures with taxidermy. Now, for his latest series of paintings, he's depicting cities in conflict. But look closer: What seem like innocent, black-and-white satellite images are crafted out of sharp, dangerous objects.
As newspapers, magazines, and books are slowly replaced with electronic alternatives, the art of CMYK printing is slowly dying alongside them. So now's as good a time as any to grab a souvenir before the technical process becomes a forgotten art—and these CMYK coasters seem to fit the bill, especially if you've got…
The Creators Project points to a neat little project where famous works of art are re-arranged and transformed into other famous works of art. So the Mona Lisa can become American Gothic and vice versa. It's like seeing art become a wonderful illusion.
This week, scientists discovered something totally new about one of Picasso's most famous works: It was covering up another painting. But this wasn't the first unknown work discovered beneath a famous work over the past few years. Thanks to new tech, dozens of lost works are reappearing.
Even a building as famous and photographed as Angkor Wat has its secrets. With the help of an image enhancement algorithm, a sharp-eyed rock-art researcher has revealed that unassuming smears of pigment are actually faded drawings. It could be graffiti—or it could be the remnants of a concerted 16th century…
Over the past few months, a number of museums have begun digitizing their rare and beautiful pieces of art, historical documents, and rare artifacts, and offering them online in high-resolution, downloadable formats.
What a trip. These fantastic wall sized paintings by Fiona Tang look like they're 3D images that are popping out of the wall to attack you but in truth, they're flat 2D images. It's her masterful work of shading, shadows and use of perspective that fool you.
I love the coarse large format paintings of cities by Jeremy Mann. I like to get lost in his everyday scenes and admire the gritty brushstrokes that reveal a perfect command of light, texture, and color.
There was a group of British painters called pre-Raphaelites who liked using a particular shade of brown in their masterpieces. To get just the right hue, they ground up ancient Egyptian human and cat mummies.
The identification of fakes and forgeries is a basic issue that has always raised controversy. This is unsurprising, of course–the enormous sums garnered by top paintings would turn to dust as soon as a question as to their authenticity arose.