In Brief

Post image for Russians Vote to Dress Up “David” Replica to Appease Local Prudes

St. Petersburg residents will vote on how to dress a replica statue of Michelangelo’s “David” that came to the city in May, following a complaint from a woman who said his nudity “spoils the city’s historic appearance and warps children’s souls.”

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Post image for 1,400-Square-Foot Roman Mosaic of Hercules’s Labors Found in Cyprus

Construction crews working on the sewage system beneath the southern coastal city of Larnaca in Cyprus recently found themselves face-to-face with Roman-era scenes of toil: a large-scale mosaic floor of the Labors of Hercules dating to the 2nd century CE.

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Post image for Leonardo da Vinci’s Earliest Notes on Friction Found in Previously Overlooked Marginalia

Some scribbles dismissed in the 1920s by the then-director of the Victoria & Albert Museum as “irrelevant notes and diagrams in red chalk” were recently revealed to represent Leonardo da Vinci’s first record of the laws of friction.

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Post image for Anonymous Donors Help Restore a Renaissance Nymphaeum in Rome

The centerpiece of a Renaissance villa in Rome, once used as a papal country retreat, has been restored to its former glory, with financial backing from an unexpected source: a group of anonymous Japanese donors.

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Post image for A Sculptor Imagines a Human Designed to Survive Car Crashes

Yesterday, I met Graham. I met him on MeetGraham.com.au. I met his half-formed teats, all 13 of them, and his thick, tough skin, and his knee joints that rotate 360 degrees, like a demon’s.

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Post image for Vietnam Museum Admits Exhibition Was Full of Forged Paintings

The Ho Chi Minh City Museum of Fine Arts has apologized for hosting an exhibition in which 17 paintings purportedly by four of Vietnam’s most influential 20th-century painters proved inauthentic.

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Post image for Search for Pies, Patterned Sweaters, and Anything Else with Google’s Updated Art App

Since it launched the Google Art Project five years ago, Google’s been pouring serious money and time into efforts to make art and culture accessible to everyone (who has the internet and appropriate devices, of course), from digitizing collections to offering virtual tours of museums.

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Post image for “He Wanted to Give Her This Gift of Flesh”: Recipient of van Gogh’s Ear Identified

Shortly before Christmas, 1888, as the story goes, while living in Arles, France, and suffering from a deep depression, Vincent van Gogh sliced off part of his left ear with a razor blade, wrapped the severed ear in cloth, walked to a nearby brothel, and handed it to a woman working there.

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Post image for In Response to the RNC, Artists and Activists Go Wall Out Against Trump

In the wake of Donald J. Trump’s official coronation as the Republican presidential nominee for 2016, the art of wall building is reaching new heights.

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Post image for Ancient Obsidian Tools Were Used for Tattooing, Archaeologists Find

You may find stick-and-pokes an intense form of tattooing, but the use of needles, safety pins, or other common sharp objects doesn’t look quite so rough when you consider that ancient Melanesians inked themselves with volcanic glass.

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