Post image for Lapis Lazuli: A Blue More Precious than Gold

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — The first blue pigment to hold its color was often prized over gold. The semi-precious stone lapis lazuli was ground into an iridescent pigment, sometimes called ultramarine, that seemed to shine when applied to the canvas.

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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 Michelangelo’s Tuscan Villa Could Be Yours for $8.4 Million

The deeds to Michelangelo’s old Tuscan villa, a three-structure complex complete with Renaissance-age fixtures, functional wood-burning fireplaces, and an olive grove, could be yours for just $8,369,602.

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Post image for Michelangelo Worked Through Acute Arthritis in His Later Years, New Study Says

An article published this week by the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine suggests that Michelangelo Buonaroti suffered from osteoarthritis for the last 15 years of his life.

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Post image for From Michelangelo to Marden, Seven Fierce Fistfights from Art History

WASHINGTON, DC — In her ongoing series Le ‘NEW’ Monocle, Shana Lutker creates stage sets and performances based on the circumstances and philosophical undertones of fistfights instigated by Surrealists in Paris in the 1920s.

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Post image for “David” and “Venus de Milo” Action Figures Put Art History in Motion

Have you ever wondered what Michelangelo’s “David” would look like if it were kneeling and giving a thumbs up, like a wide receiver who just scored a touchdown?

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Post image for Did Michelangelo Use the Golden Ratio to Paint the Sistine Chapel?

The Renaissance artist Michelangelo was fascinated by human anatomy.

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Crimes of the Art

by Benjamin Sutton on March 10, 2015

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On this week’s art crime blotter: selfie-taking vandals at the Colosseum, former Vatican worker holds stolen Michelangelo letter ransom, and ISIS mounts cyber attack on Midwestern crafts museum.

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Post image for Panther-Riding Drunks May Be Michelangelo’s Only Surviving Metal Sculptures

A pair of bronze statues of nude revelers riding panthers are the only surviving works in metal by Michelangelo, a new study claims.

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Post image for Fooling Around With Art History, on Lunch Break

When most people are bored at work, they surf Facebook. Not so with Francesco Fragomeni and Chris Limbrick, two employees at the website creation startup Squarespace who funneled their creative energy into photographic homages to the art historical canon.

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