Category Archives: Arts

More Hidden Paintings in Books

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Embryo in the eye of a needle

Embryo in needle’s eye, by Yorkos Nikas

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ATP tattoo

ATP hummingbird moths Tattoo by Jessa Huebing-Reitinger Adenosine Triphosphate (ATP) is an energy-bearing molecule found in all living cells. Formation of nucleic acids, transmission of nerve impulses, muscle contraction, and many other energy-consuming reactions of metabolism are made possible by … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – The Human Condition – René Magritte

The Human Condition (La condition humaine) generally refers to two similar oil on canvas paintings by the Belgian surrealist René Magritte. One was completed in 1933 and is in the collection of the National Gallery of Art in Washington DC. … Continue reading

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The Problem with Voice Recognition……..

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The Ames room illusion

An Ames room is a distorted room that is used to create an optical illusion. Probably influenced by the writings of Hermann Helmholtz, it was invented by American ophthalmologist Adelbert Ames, Jr. in 1934, and constructed in the following year. … Continue reading

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Top Pre-Raphaelite houses

Dr James Fox presents his must-see Pre-Raphaelite houses to visit this summer; from Morris’ iconic Arts and Crafts house, crammed with murals by Dante Gabrielle Rossetti and Edward Burne-Jones to an elaborate Victorian manor home to an impressive Pre-Raphaelite collection.

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Happy Sun

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Long Shot

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Featured Artworks – An Out-of-Doors Study – John Singer Sargent


In the late 1880s, the American expatriate John Singer Sargent experimented with portrait compositions whose informality and naturalness stood in sharp contrast to his commissioned studio portraits of elegant society types. Inspired in part by the Impressionist works of his … Continue reading

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Thanks to Alan Mason for this new post. Be sure to check out Alan’s other posts here.This is one of the most famous paintings of the nineteenth century French Impressionist movement, and I regard it as an old friend. In … Continue reading

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DNA confirms cause of 1665 London’s Great Plague

DNA testing has for the first time confirmed the identity of the bacteria behind London’s Great Plague. The plague of 1665-1666 was the last major outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain, killing nearly a quarter of London’s population.It’s taken a … Continue reading

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Deskarati Tech Art

tech seurat

I have modified a few old masters and put them into a gallery of pictures with a juxtaposition of the old masters and some modern technology. Just looking at Vermeer’s beautiful ‘Girl with the Pearl Earring’ wearing a bluetooth earpiece excites … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Human Family – Maya Angelou

I note the obvious differences in the human family. Some of us are serious, some thrive on comedy. Some declare their lives are lived as true profundity, and others claim they really live the real reality. The variety of our … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Series of Self Portraits – William Utermohlen

When he learned in 1995 that he had Alzheimer’s disease, William Utermohlen, an American artist living in London, immediately began work on an ambitious series of self-portraits. The artist pursued this project over an eight-year period, adapting his style to … Continue reading

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Thanks to Alan Mason for this new post There are four unusual aspects of this featured artwork. To begin with, it is composed of four separate parts, which together form an integrated whole. Secondly, although the horses regularly appear in … Continue reading

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The Physics of Ballet

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This document proves how much ear Van Gogh really cut off

A Vincent Van Gogh scholar has found a document explaining exactly how much of his ear the artist cut off back in 1888. Not only does the newlyV found diagram end a longstanding debate over the extent of van Gogh’s … Continue reading

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Ambiguous Cylinder Illusion

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‘Spine-tingling’ Beatrix Potter drawings found hidden inside books

Previously unknown drawings by Beatrix Potter have been found during cleaning work at a National Trust property. The four line drawings were found hidden inside books during conservation work at Melford Hall in Suffolk. Potter, the creator of Peter Rabbit … Continue reading

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