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23rd July 2012

Who's that girl, you might say, of the woman behind one of the most famous and iconic paintings in art. Leonardo Da Vinci's Mona Lisa is widely accepted to be a truly masterful portrait of a strangely beguiling woman, all at once demure, yet knowing, her restrained smile – or is it a smirk? – read more ...

20th July 2012

The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has recovered a genuine Henri Matisse painting that was originally stolen from a Venezuelan museum a decade ago in a spectacular sting operation in Miami. Having established that Matisse's Odalisque a la Culotte Rouge (Odalisque in Red Pants) was being read more ...

19th July 2012

Talk about character. Jennie Brolin, an exercise rehabilitation instructor at DMRC Headley Court, a treatment centre for wounded soldiers, was adamant that she was not going to let her injuries stop her from participating in her second Ironman UK challenge on July 22nd. This event and the very idea read more ...

19th July 2012

Four years and nine million dollars later – approximately £5.8 million – Philadelphia's Rodin Museum has finally reopened to the public and it has never looked better. Well, sort of, for you see, this is a very modern renovation that has, gracefully so, taken the establishment back in time. First read more ...

17th July 2012

As far as epochs in human history go, the Industrial Revolution was especially dramatic in the way it physically changed the architecture of the planet and irrevocably severed man's bond with nature. Beginning in the mid-eighteenth century in Western Europe, this immense transformation read more ...

16th July 2012

Millions of people around the world logging online on Saturday (July 14th) would have noticed a very special doodle on the Google homepage. It was made in celebration of Gustav Klimt, the colourful Austrian symbolist painter who, had he been an alchemist, would have lived to have been 150. Alas, read more ...

13th July 2012

For the most part, people living in western societies take artificial lighting as part of the habitual nature of things. Electricity isn't seen as a luxury; for most it's always been there, unnoticed. The webs of cables that connect societies are like manmade tree roots, buzzing arteries that power read more ...

13th July 2012

Good taste is always hard to define in the art world, given its penchant for experimentation; the sheer scale of creativity producing a kaleidoscope of work that defies any sort of generalisation or universality. Of course, within it, factions spring up, clusters of likeminded artists, thinkers, read more ...

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