With their furs and bling and 'tude, today's rap stars are a lot like the aristocrats of yore. A hilarious tumblr chronicles the accidental convergences of hip hop and pre-16th century art.
These pictures by photographer Rebecca Rütten made me laugh so much because she re-created Renaissance-era poses and still life paintings with people today and a whole lot of junk food. It's a wonderful commentary on our culture and is pretty much what the Renaissance would look like, if it happened in 2015.
Artist James Kerr, better known as Scorpion Dagger, creates utterly bonkers animated collages out of Renaissance paintings. They remind us of Terry Gilliam's Monty Python animations in the best way possible.
This German helmet, from the mid-16th century, has a rather unusual adornment on its mask. Was the wearer known as the Cock Knight?
David S. Goyer's Da Vinci's Demons premiered last night on STARZ and it was...kind of slow. But this clip shows us what we do get in lieu of an intriguing plot and compelling characters: implausible Renaissance technology and painted lady nipples. This clip is NSFW and contains technology indistinguishable from magic.
When people list the best science fiction movies of all time, they usually include mostly English-language films. But what about the great films in other languages? Thorin Klosowski lists his ten favorite non-English-language science fiction films. What are your favorites?
At one time in history, even da Vinci himself had to pen a resume to explain why he was a qualified applicant. Here's a translation of his letter to the Duke of Milan, enumerating his many talents and abilities.
The central guideline of museum going has long been "do not touch." Soon, the Uffizi will flip that rule on its head by allowing visitors to flick and pinch their way through the museum's works of art.
There's been speculation about that painting in Admiral Adama's quarters ever since BSG's first season. Humorist and sci-fi fiend John Hodgman, who wrote about the show for The New York Times Magazine, is obsessed with it, and the burned, broody painting has been dissected carefully on both BSG forums and Wikipedia.…