OpenCulture: New York Public Library Puts 20,000 Hi-Res Maps Online.
ArtDaily: Knights! Exhibition takes new approach to examining arms and armor.
“ The exhibition’s five separate sections — Courtly Pursuits, The Dance of Love and War, Knights of the Round Table, Triumphal Arch, and Good + Evil — illustrate in detail the historical context in which these works were made and used.”
ArtDaily: German recluse ready to return Nazi-looted art; Matisse’s “Sitting Woman” 1st.
ArtDaily: Four Crimean museums fear loss of hundreds of precious ancient treasures.
“Now curators in both Amsterdam and Crimea have been left wringing their hands over the political dilemma facing them: do the artefacts go to Kiev or Moscow once the exhibition ends?”
Keyboard Shortcuts for Sketch App.
PDF on the bottom-right.
Times Literary Supplement: Hold or fold.
Review of ‘On Paper’. “Tree flakes encased in dead cow.”
My wife was perusing a particular magazine, I was doing my usual evening novel-reading, when I heard her snort. She passed the magazine over to me, and said, “See something wrong?” It was an advertisement for visual-acuity sunglasses … so off-register, I involuntarily pulled my glasses off to figure out why my eyes weren’t focusing. “No,” she said, “It’s not your eyes. The whole signature is off.”
I’m sure that advertiser is *thrilled* with the situation.
You would see this once in a while with newspapers, just out of the nature of cheap paper. But it was very infrequent in magazines. The print industry is losing their mojo.
ArtDaily: Two restored colossal pharaoh statues unveiled in Egypt.
DedPxl: Fuji Instax, A 75 Cent Door Opener.
Zach finds it does exactly what Polaroid used to.
NY Times: Countries Divided on Future of Ancient Buddhas.
“I’ve talked with many Afghans, and they do not want that their children and grandchildren are forced by the Taliban to see only ruins.” If restoration is nearly impossible, store the best chunks in a museum, and create at least one new Buddha from modern materials. But do restore the wooden face, jeweled eyes with lanterns behind. That would annoy the destroyers in perpetuity. Kickstarter/IndieGogo.
The Atlantic: Must Every YA Action Heroine Be Petite?
“Some readers became so attached to the image of a short, emaciated girl claiming victory in the battle-royal arena that when Jennifer Lawrence was cast as Katniss, multiple critics complained that she was too ‘big-boned’ for the part.” Oh, for heaven’s sake. My only complaint was that the onscreen character’s thoughts were unscripted. In the book, we hear what is in Katniss’ head. On the screen, we don’t. The vacuum prevented me from fully appreciating the film.
The Coolector: Letterpress Perpetual Calendar.
Vanity Fair: How 1,280 Artworks Stolen by the Nazis were Hidden Until 2012.
Long read, saved for the weekend.
ArtDaily: Nan Goldin’s first major exhibition in Rome opens at Gagosian Gallery.
“The Greek term scopophilia literally means ‘love of looking,’ but also refers to the erotic pleasure derived from gazing at images of the body. Goldin’s Scopophilia is both a slide-show and an ongoing photographic series, begun in 2010 when she was given private access to the Louvre Museum every Tuesday. During these privileged sojourns, she wandered and photographed freely throughout the museum’s renowned collections of painting and sculpture. ” What a privilege to enjoy.
OpenCulture: A Romp Through the Philosophy of Mind: A Free Online Course from Oxford.
BBC: Vatican Library to digitise archives with Japanese support.
“The Vatican Library has begun digitising its priceless collection of ancient manuscripts dating from the origins of the Church. The first stage of the project will cover some 3,000 handwritten documents over the next four years. [snip] The 3,000 documents to be scanned digitally over the next four years include copies of works of classical Greek and Latin literature and mediaeval and Renaissance illuminated manuscripts.” Can’t wait.
Paris Review: Ovid’s Ancient Beauty Elixirs.
“The rumors are true: it’s Publius Ovidius Naso’s 2,057th birthday. You can score some points with the classicists in your life by mentioning this in casual conversation, especially if you toss in a reference to the Metamorphoses.”
thejogging/tumblr: There Will Be Bleed.
ArtDaily: “Veronese: Magnificence in Renaissance Venice” opens at the National Gallery.
I’ve always admired Veronese breaking the fourth wall. See the sheep, St. John’s foot.
Collectors Weekly: Think You Know Ugly? Think Again.
Paper Darts: The Art of Vintage Stamps.
NY Times: Ferlinghetti Travel Journals to Be Published.
“The poet Lawrence Ferlinghetti, at 94 one of the last living links to the Beat generation, has sold his travel journals to Liveright Publishing, a division of W.W. Norton, which plans to publish them in September 2015 as ‘Writing Across the Landscape: Travel Journals (1950-2013).’”
ArtDaily: Delaware Art Museum launches online collection; Over 1,000 works of art included.
LiveScience: Ancient ‘Ritual Wand’ Etched with Human Faces Discovered in Syria.
“The roughly 9,000-year-old artifact was discovered near a graveyard where about 30 people were buried without their heads — which were found in a nearby living space.” Faces on a wand, and headless corpses. Coming up with a coherent narrative for that one should be entertaining.
Guardian.UK: Mystery of Blarney Stone’s heritage finally solved.
“Their analysis indicates the Blarney is a limestone, made of the mineral calcite, and containing recrystallised and slightly deformed fragments of fossil brachiopod shells and bryozoans – all of which are unique to the region where it is based.”