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The History of Art, with Smiley Faces
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Macabre kids’ book art by Gojin Ishihara
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Virtual Sistine Chapel

You can pan around the room and zoom in.
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Why thinking about distant things can make us more creative

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] devonapple for sending me this.
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Rice Paddy Art

Thank you to [livejournal.com profile] palecur for linking me to this.
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Turns out, doodling during class—or meetings—may actually help your concentration.
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The "Michelangelo of antiquity."
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Kaleidoscope
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A dozen valuable paintings including works by Marc Chagall, Diego Rivera and Emil Nolde were stolen from the home of an elderly couple, and police issued an international alert to recover them.

A $200,000 reward was offered Tuesday for help in recovering the artwork, stolen Aug. 23 from a home in the San Fernando Valley. Police have notified auction houses, the FBI and Interpol in case someone tries to sell the paintings.

"These are world-class pieces," said Richard Rice, a senior consultant at the Gallerie Michael in Beverly Hills. "Every single one is museum caliber."

Police and art experts said it would be almost impossible to resell the paintings at anything near their true value. Stolen art is flagged on numerous Web sites and police databases.

"If you look at the last 10 years, a lot of the art that has been stolen that is this important has been returned to the owners because it is so difficult to resell," Rice said.

The theft occurred after a maid went to the store and left a service door unlocked, police said. In the hour or so the maid was gone, the paintings were taken from two adjacent rooms, Detective Donald Hrycyk said.

The elderly couple who lives in the home were in a different part of the house at the time of the theft and did not hear an intruder. The husband is bedridden and the wife was sleeping.

Detectives have interviewed the maid, who has worked for the couple several years, and several other domestic helpers. No arrests have been made.

"Everybody is a suspect," Hrycyk said. "We are looking into the reasonableness of the maid's statement, and we are looking at the other people who have had access to the house."

Rice estimated the stolen paintings range in value from about $800,000 to as much as $4 million. He believes the most valuable was the Kees van Dongen portrait "Alicia Alanova," a 1933 oil of a woman in a hat.

The artworks were insured by the unidentified couple, who made their fortune in real estate, Hrycyk said.

By THOMAS WATKINS, Associated Press Writer
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Australia's greatest ancient Aboriginal rock art is at risk of being damaged or destroyed because it sits at the epicentre of the country's resources boom, experts say.

The etchings of men and animals on the rocks of the Burrup Peninsula, some of which are believed to be up to 30,000 years old, lie in Western Australia's remote and mineral-laden Pilbara region.

Images carved onto the red rocks scattering the landscape include kangaroos, lizards and emu tracks as well as the extinct native Tasmanian tiger which died out on the mainland 6,000 years ago.

Rock Art )

Maya Blue

Jul. 24th, 2008 01:26 pm
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Anthropologists from Wheaton College (Illinois) and The Field Museum have discovered how the ancient Maya produced an unusual and widely studied blue pigment that was used in offerings, pottery, murals and other contexts across Mesoamerica from about A.D. 300 to 1500.


Centuries-old Maya Blue Mystery Finally Solved
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The world's smallest one-man helicopter will soon take flight in the birthplace of Leonardo da Vinci, who is credited with having first thought of a vertical-flight machine, its developer said.

The 75-kilogram (165-pound) helicopter will make a demonstration flight in the city of Vinci, near Florence, on May 25, according to Japanese developer Gennai Yanagisawa, 75.

"Since the concept of our helicopter came from Italy, I always wanted to take a flight in the birthplace of da Vinci," Yanagisawa said.

"I feel like I'm greeting an ancestor. I hope da Vinci would be pleased," Yanagisawa told AFP.

Yanagisawa said he went to Vinci in February and received the blessing of Mayor Dario Parrini.

The helicopter, named GEN H-4, has a set of two rotors turning in opposite directions and can fly at a maximum speed of 50 kilometres (31 miles) per hour.

Guinness World Records in February recognised it as the world's smallest helicopter that can carry a person.

Renaissance genius da Vinci was born in Vinci in 1452 and spent the first several years of his life there.

His sketch, dated in 1493 and discovered in the 19th century, shows a vertical flight machine. As in the drawing, the GEN H-4 has no tail.

Yanagisawa runs a company in Matsumoto, north of Tokyo, selling the helicopter. He has sold five units in Japan and two to US customers.

The current model is priced at six million yen (58,250 dollars).
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Artists vs. children Art showdown!

An interesting concept. I must say it is far cuter as a children's drawing and somewhat creepy more actualized in the artist version, but it is interesting. I doubt I will be trying this with any of the drawings from the children in my classroom anytime soon.
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