Category Archives: Arts

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

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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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FEATURED ARTWORKS “A BAR AT THE FOLIES BERGERE” BY EDOUARD MANET, 1881, COURTAULD GALLERY, LONDON

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

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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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FEATURED ARTWORKS I CAVALLI DI SAN MARCO (THE HORSES OF ST MARK’S)

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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Hasselblad is the first mirrorless medium-format camera

Swedish camera-maker Hasselblad has unveiled the world’s first mirrorless medium-format model. By putting a larger-than-normal sensor in a relatively small body, the firm aims to make it easier to take “ultra-high quality” photos than before. Professionals say the X1D should … Continue reading

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Restoring The Last Supper

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The painter who entered the fourth dimension

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When mathematician Thomas Banchoff received a message in 1975 asking him to contact Salvador Dalí, his colleague told him: “It’s either a hoax or a law suit.” Yet it turned out to be the start of a collaboration that lasted … Continue reading

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Life As We Know It

Life As We Know It – By Bill Gates  Last year Trevor Mundel, who runs our foundation’s global health work, suggested that I read a book called The Vital Question. I had never heard of the book or its author, … Continue reading

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Rube Goldberg

Thanks to Phil Krause for suggesting this post Reuben Garrett Lucius “Rube” Goldberg ( San Francisco July 4, 1883 – Hawthorne New York December 7, 1970) was an American cartoonist, sculptor, author, engineer, and inventor. He is best known for … Continue reading

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Dali helps scientists crack our brain code

Scientists at Glasgow University have established a world first by cracking the communication code of our brains. Pioneering research in the field of cognitive neuroimaging has revealed how brains process what we see. The work has been led by Prof … Continue reading

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“Farewell to Stromness”

We have a special treat this week, a new post from our friend Alan Mason – Deskarati Last week, on 14 March 2016, the death was announced of the composer and musician, Sir Peter Maxwell Davies, (born 1934) so the … Continue reading

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The Man Who Knew Infinity

Now learn about this mathematical genius who died young but left mysteries that still puzzle mathematicians today.

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Featured Artworks – The Birth of Venus – Sandro Botticelli

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The Birth of Venus is a painting by Sandro Botticelli generally thought to have been painted in the mid 1480s. It has long been suggested that Botticelli was commissioned to paint the work by the Medici family of Florence, specifically … Continue reading

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