Category Archives: Arts

Featured Artworks – Autumn Effects at Argenteuil – Claude Monet

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A great new post by Alan Mason for our Featured Artwork category. Claude Monet, (1840 – 1926) lived a long life, and was such a productive artist, that it is quite difficult to choose one single painting to represent his … Continue reading

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The 8 books Neil deGrasse Tyson thinks everyone should read

Back in 2011, Neil deGrasse Tyson, the host of the revamped Cosmos, completed a Reddit Ask Me Anything. In-between sharing his thoughts on time travel (not happening, kids, sorry), where in space he’d travel (far enough away to look back at … Continue reading

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Gauguin painting breaks sale record at nearly $300m

A painting of two Tahitian girls by the French artist Paul Gauguin has been sold for $300m (£197m), making it the most expensive work of art ever sold. Nafea Faa Ipoipo, or When Will You Marry?, was painted in 1892 … Continue reading

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Animated Impossible Triangle

Here is a great little animation made by our friends over at optical spy

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Illusion of Lights

Illusion of Lights introduces you to the concept of movement and time that visually explores our night skies. Beginning with the dazzling chaos of urban light pollution, the film takes you on a magnificent trip across pristine wilderness areas and … Continue reading

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The Life and Work of Bridget Riley

Bridget Riley got a start as an illustrator working in an advertising agency, J.Walter Thompson.  She found her true calling when she visited the Whitechapel Gallery exhibition held by Jackson Pollock in 1958. Before discussing the impact she’s had in … Continue reading

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Popeye the Philosophy Man

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We are in a bit of a whimsical mood today, so we have modified this great Bud Sagandorf illustration of Popeye to give him a more Descartes feel. – Deskarati

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Neodymium Magnets – Will they blend?

Not everything in science has to be serious and so – meet Tom Dickson. Tom runs a very successful YouTube channel called ‘Will it Blend’. Every week he puts something different in his industrial strength blender. This week it’s neodymium … Continue reading

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1946 New York Subway Photographed By 17-Year-Old Stanley Kubrick

Before he went down in history as one of the greatest film directors of all time, 17-year-old Stanley Kubrick was known for something else – New York City subway photography. Over two weeks in 1946, Kubrick worked for LOOK magazine … Continue reading

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Amazing Worlds Within Our World

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Featured Artworks – Lady with a Ferret – Leonardo da Vinci

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Alan Mason tells us all about the lady with a ferret (or ermine) by Leonardo da Vinci Leonardo da Vinci is famous for a single female portrait, “La Gioconda” (The Smiling One) also known as “The Mona Lisa”, but he … Continue reading

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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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading

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