Category Archives: Arts

Featured Artworks – Unknown Designer and Embroiderers – The Bayeux Tapestry

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Thanks to Alan Mason for sending us this article for our featured artworks collection. Click here for a full picture of the Bayeux Tapestry. This artwork is probably the largest one that “deskarati” is ever likely to feature. It is 230 feet long and 20 inches high, (7O m by 0.5 m), and although it is thought of, principally, as an historical document, here it is presented as a work of art in its own right. Tapestry or Embroidery? It is, … Continue reading

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How far would you go to save your drone?

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Ignition Sequences

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Featured Artworks – Andrea Del Verrocchio, Completed by Alessandro Leopardi – Equestrian Statue of Bartolomeo Colleoni

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Thanks to Alan Mason for sending us this article for our featured artworks collection. There are many equestrian statues, from the time of Classical Greece and Rome onwards, but this one is in a class of its own; it stands head and shoulders above the rest. For the sheer arrogance of power, it is unbeatable. Like most equestrian statues it was set up out of doors, and it has a patina of dark green verdigris, as the air has attacked … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Guiseppi Verdi – Bella Figlia Dell’Amore – Rigoletto Quartet

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Featured Artworks – Caravaggio – The Sacrifice of Isaac

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The painting shows the moment when Abraham, about to sacrifice his son Isaac in obedience to God’s command, is stayed by an angel who offers him a ram in Isaac’s place. The scene is lit with the dramatically enhanced chiaroscuro (tenebrism) with which Caravaggio was to revolutionize Western art, falling like a stage spotlight on the face of the youthful angel; the faces of Abraham and Isaac are in shadow, but show acute emotions; the gestures of the hands are … Continue reading

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Bugatti Veyron vs Euro Fighter

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The mystery of Chopin’s death

When Polish composer Frederic Chopin died in 1849 he seemed to have suffered a classic Romantic death from tuberculosis. But doubts soon arose about the diagnosis, and a scientific examination of the heart earlier this year, while at first appearing to confirm the TB theory, left the mystery unresolved. It was the dead of night when a secret ceremony took place at a church in the Polish capital, Warsaw, in April this year. A crystal jar, encased in one of … Continue reading

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Origin of the Eukaryotic cell

“The origin and evolution of eukaryotes” is a tale that has yet to be told. At this point in time, it exists only as the title of a fascinating new compendium that has just been produced by the Cold Spring Harbor Press. While this volume is some 400 pages long, there is a palpable feeling among its authors that if they could somehow just compact it into a few pages, a figure, and perhaps even a token energy equation, then … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Herbert Von Karajan’s Beethoven 9

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Spirograph

This will take you back. An online Spirograph. I have tested it on my PC and it works fine, you can zoom in and out using your mouse’s track wheel. If it doesn’t work in Deskarati click here Insporograph

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Albert Einstein’s Favourite Website

Albert Einsteins Favorite Website

It’s finally been proven, with this historical photograph we found. Albert Einstein was a genius!

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Can art and artist ever be separated?

In light of the decision by a cable TV station to pull Bill Cosby’s 1980s sitcom from its schedule following allegations of sexual assault against the actor – which his lawyers refute – the BBC’s arts editor Will Gompertz asks if can we judge an artwork purely on its own merits – be it a film, painting, play or sitcom – or do we inevitably take its creator’s character into account?

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World’s Best Pie Chart

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Featured Artworks – Pythokritos – Nike of Samothrake

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Thanks to Alan Mason for contributing to our ‘Featured Artworks’ category with this very enlightening post. Sculpture has been rather neglected in the deskarati collection of great artistic works, so the Nike of Samothrake (1) is presented to you. It is a piece of classical Greek statuary, from the Second Century BC and is justly famous and admired. It has been described as “the greatest masterpiece of Hellenistic sculpture” by the Russian-born American art historian, H W Janson, who wrote … Continue reading

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Brian Cox creates pioneering 3D show for Manchester festival

TV physicist Brian Cox and the visual effects team behind the film Gravity will tell the story of the universe using cutting-edge augmented reality technology in a live show next year. Prof Cox, effects wizards Framestore and film director Kevin Macdonald are using a system called Magic Leap. Magic Leap has not been seen in public, but reports suggest that its headgear projects images onto users’ eyes. The show will be part of the Manchester International Festival next July. Titled … Continue reading

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Mini museum

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In this day and age, it is increasingly difficult to buy people cool and thoughtful gifts, mainly because everyone already has everything! But, you can be pretty sure that your loved one doesn’t have this. Their very own mini museum! Created by Hans Fex, as a result of a kickstarter campaign, it is a pocket-sized collection of rare specimens that are labelled and embedded into an acrylic block. Some of the 33 specimens include: lunar rock, dinosaur egg, coal from … Continue reading

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You wont believe this Optical Illusion!

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This optical illusion by opticalspy.com is of the famous Rubics Cube. Can you spot the illusion? Well it is difficult to notice, but the middle squares on each side are actually all the same color. Wow! If you don’t believe it, click on the picture and you will see.

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When science and art produce nanosculpture marvels

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Quite a claim: a sculpture as the smallest creation of the human form in history. The sculptor, Jonty Hurwitz, said he loves the Internet. That is because, since the nanosculpture exhibit launch, so many people have viewed his nanosculpture work online and the work has been covered by numerous sites around the world. He created the nanosculptures using a 3D-printed photosensitive material. Sarah Anderson in 3DPrint.com referred to this as impressive art that we will never see, at least not … Continue reading

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Featured Artworks – Pablo Picasso – Portrait of Ambroise Vollard

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Ambroise Vollard is regarded as one of the most important dealers in French contemporary art at the beginning of the twentieth century. He is credited with providing exposure and emotional support to numerous notable and unknown artists, including Paul Cézanne, Aristide Maillol, Renoir, Louis Valtat, Pablo Picasso, André Derain, Georges Rouault, Paul Gauguin and Vincent van Gogh. He is also well known as an avid art collector and publisher. He was also painted by many of his artist friends including, our personal … Continue reading

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