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How a museum restores a beautiful painting from hundreds of years ago

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… » 6/30/15 9:11pm 6/30/15 9:11pm

Guy invents color-coded chord wheel to translate music into paintings 

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. » 4/16/15 9:33am 4/16/15 9:33am

These City Maps Are Made Out of Razor Blades and Mirror Shards

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. » 11/26/14 9:00am 11/26/14 9:00am

When These CMYK Coasters Are Stacked a Masterpiece Is Revealed

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… » 9/08/14 5:00pm 9/08/14 5:00pm

Cool paintings show the everyday life of a post-futuristic world

Sci-fi movies are often cold and emotionless but Swedish artist Simon Stalenhag thinks otherwise. His paintings, inspired by those movies, escape from the artifices of the genre to show the calm everyday life in a post-futuristic world full robots and abandoned mechanical structures. » 9/03/14 2:37am 9/03/14 2:37am

An Algorithm Revealed 200 Lost Paintings on Angkor Wat's Ancient Walls

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… » 5/29/14 5:20pm 5/29/14 5:20pm

Animated classical paintings make me want to escape into other worlds

I really love these 2.5D animations of classical paintings by Rino Stefano Tagliafierro. He says that they are "a tribute to the art and her disarming beauty." Some are more inviting and evocative than the actual painting. I want to keep getting into the scene. And a few are quite disturbing. » 1/17/14 12:56am 1/17/14 12:56am

An artist recreated Blade Runner with 12,000 water color paintings

Holy wow this is impressive. Artist Anders Ramsell animated Blade Runner by painting 12,597 different water color paintings and stringing them together into beautifully fluid sequences. It's incredible, you feel like you're watching Blade Runner, you get to hear Harrison Ford and follow the story but you're seeing it… » 11/19/13 8:03pm 11/19/13 8:03pm

These animations of famous paintings are freaking hilarious

Not all of us can stand and stare at artwork and pretend to be impressed and then stare again and then focus in on how the brushstrokes add up to the emotion of what the artist was feeling during his struggle when his father did not approve of his calling. Some of us want more fun when it comes to art. This hilarious… » 11/05/13 8:50pm 11/05/13 8:50pm