HyperAllergic: What Do Classical Antiquities Look Like in Color?
Tacky and cartoony, with paint. Always made me question Greek ‘classical’ tastes. Must’ve been like living in Las Vegas or a Disney theme park.
ArtDaily: The Vatican’s Sistine Chapel dazzles thanks to a revolutionary new lighting system.
“The LEDs have a colour spectrum specifically designed with the pigmentation of the frescos in mind to ensure the light faithfully reflects the original colours, as the artists intended.” Someone will probably want to throw a stone at me, but I miss the patina. Easier to take in as a whole, before. Now, I’d have to spend a half hour or more looking at each individual tableau.
Electric Literature: Searching for the Headless Horseman.
“The Headless Horseman may have become one of America’s oldest ghosts, but his story was born in Europe and variations of him have long existed in Irish and German folklore.” Who minds? It’s so compelling.
The Atlantic: I Can Never Have Too Many Mechanical Pencils.
I find a 0.9mm is just a smidge thick, but near-impossible to break. So it’s become my go-to mechanical pencil.
Italian Ways: Tato’s dynamic aerial paintings.
Aw, these are great.
Amazon.com: Book - The Rolling Stones.
Coming December 15. An amazing list of photographers’ work in here.
MessyNessyChic: Vintage Supercars rotting away in a forest (and that’s how the owner wants it)
Paris Review: Happy Halloween from Thackeray.
Vimeo: SPAZUK fire painter.
WritersDigest: The Art and Craft of Wasting Time in 20 Quotes.
Of interest. Forgive the sourcing.
The Art Newspaper: Tullio’s Adam returns to view at the Met.
“One of its greatest treasure, Tullio Lombardo’s life-sized marble sculpture of the nude Adam crashed to the stone floor as its medium-density plywood stand buckled and collapsed.” Even the Art Newspaper doesn’t proof its copy.
Italian Ways: Flying high with Leonardo.
Wooden models of Leonardo’s most famous flying machines.
The New Yorker: “Alan Bean Plus Four”
New Statesman: Treasure trails - how museums became diplomatic fixers.
Yes. I used to think antiquities should be repatriated; the Bamiyan Buddhas and other events of late have convinced me it is better to take mankind’s common heritage and spread it as widely as possible so we cannot lose it. So I vote ‘no’ on the Elgin marbles now.
The Rumpus: A Girl And Her Car.
Hmmm. In the wake of the current video game-vs-women controversies, this is no longer as cool and pragmatic as it sounds. More like Neanderthal-era culture needs to be chucked in the dustbin.
PSFK: Hemingwrite Typing Device Aimed at Distraction-Free Writing.
The New Yorker: The Real Amazon Warriors.
“... the horse was the great equalizer, along with the bow and arrow, which meant that a woman could be just as fast, just as deadly, as a man.” Those following a certain issue in the news, should be warned.
Harvard University Press: The digital Loeb Classical Library is now online.
Here. Students of Latin and Greek rejoice.
ArtDaily: The Morgan showcases one of its greatest illuminated manuscripts ... The Crusader Bible.
OpenCulture: Night on Bald Mountain: An Eery, Avant-Garde Pinscreen Animation.
What a difference seven years makes.
JUMP FOR JOY! Photo Project: Roland Tanglao #jumpforjoyphoto of the day!
I still maintain Roland has the best smile on the interwebs.
LRB: Adam Shatz reviews ‘Congo’ by David Van Reybrouck.
Vanity Fair: Why a Street Criminal Stole a Multi-Million-Dollar Violin.
“If you look at it another way, there was something dangerous and almost deranged about it, the kind of crime Abbott and Costello might plan, after consultation with Cheech and Chong and Martin and Lewis.”
Dazed: Glastonbury bans sale of Native American headdresses.
Appropriate. Those who make and wear tattoos know not to copy ‘real’ Maori Ta Moko designs out of respect; the Maori consider this a form of ‘identity theft’, because the patterns are family-based. Why should a similar respect not be extended to Native Americans? Remember how much Christians love Serrano’s “Piss Christ.”