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  • Leonardo da Vinci definitely did not sculpt the Flora bust

    04/20/2021 3:15:06 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 26 replies
    Phys dot org ^ | April 16, 2021 | CNRS
    "It is machination, it is deception," said the director general of the Berlin Royal Museums in his defense when criticized for buying a fake. Wilhelm Bode did not budge an inch: The sculpture he acquired in 1909 was an as-yet unknown production of the great Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci.After 100 years and numerous controversies, a group of scientists led by a CNRS researcher has just proven him wrong once and for all. The Flora wax bust, conserved at the Bode Museum in Berlin, recently underwent radiocarbon (14C) dating, which provided both a precise date and an incontrovertible result: It...
  • The Forgotten Reformation of Italy

    10/30/2020 6:25:19 PM PDT · by Gamecock · 1 replies
    The Gospel Coalition ^ | 5/18/2016 | RYAN REEVES
    It may be surprising for many to hear that a Reformation occurred in Italy. We normally use the term “Reformation” to describe the defection of Protestants from Roman obedience in places like Wittenberg, Strasbourg, Zurich, and Geneva. But surely the Italian peninsula was always loyal to the papacy? Yet Italy was also poised for gospel renewal in the opening decades of the 16th century. Waves of invasions by French and Habsburg armies, epidemic diseases such as syphilis, harvest failures, and a growing resentment toward clerical authority produced a generation of troubled hearts. And, as they did else elsewhere, reformers in...
  • Leonardo da Vinci secret: Mona Lisa's hidden detail discovered by high-tech camera

    09/24/2020 6:46:55 PM PDT · by nickcarraway · 43 replies
    Express (U.K.) ^ | Thu, Sep 24, 2020 | Josh Saunders
    LEONARDO DA VINCI's masterpiece the Mona Lisa has captivated art lovers for centuries - but now, a scientist who analysed every inch and layer of the famous portrait has discovered hidden details beneath the painter's brushstrokes.The early 16th Century painting is arguably one of da Vinci’s most famous works and currently resides in the Louvre, in Paris. It’s estimated that 80 percent of their annual 10.2 million visitors attend to see the Mona Lisa. Scientist Pascal Cotte was asked to digitise the painting using a specialist camera, which was able to capture hidden layers beneath the portrait. From his multispectral...
  • Astronomy Picture of the Day - Crescent Moon HDR

    08/24/2020 5:10:37 PM PDT · by MtnClimber · 13 replies ^ | 24 Aug, 2020 | Image Credit & Copyright: Miguel Claro (TWAN, Dark Sky Alqueva)
    Explanation: How come the crescent Moon doesn't look like this? For one reason, because your eyes can't simultaneously discern bright and dark regions like this. Called earthshine or the da Vinci glow, the unlit part of a crescent Moon is visible but usually hard to see because it is much dimmer than the sunlit arc. In our digital age, however, the differences in brightness can be artificially reduced. The featured image is actually a digital composite of 15 short exposures of the bright crescent, and 14 longer exposures of the dim remainder. The origin of the da Vinci glow, as...
  • Biology in art: Genetic detectives ID microbes suspected of slowly ruining humanity's treasures

    07/02/2020 9:57:10 AM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 5 replies
    EurekAlert! ^ | June 18, 2020 | editors
    A new study of the microbial settlers on old paintings, sculptures, and other forms of art charts a potential path for preserving, restoring, and confirming the geographic origin of some of humanity's greatest treasures. Genetics scientists with the J. Craig Venter Institute (JCVI), collaborating with the Leonardo da Vinci DNA Project and supported by the Richard Lounsbery Foundation, say identifying and managing communities of microbes on art may offer museums and collectors a new way to stem the deterioration of priceless possessions, and to unmask counterfeits in the $60 billion a year art market... The genetic detectives caution that additional...
  • 500 Years Later, MIT Proves That Leonardo Da Vinci's Bridge Design Works

    06/26/2020 10:00:08 AM PDT · by Red Badger · 66 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | Oct 10, 2019 | David Grossman
    If accepted at the time, the design would have likely revolutionized architecture. ======================================================================== In the early 1500s, Leonardo da Vinci designed a hypothetical bridge for the Sultan of the Ottoman Empire. It was rejected. Over 500 years later, an MIT team has recreated the design with a model and have showed that it would have worked. Da Vinci's design incorporates architectural techniques that would have not been seen for another 300 years. ========================================================================== Gretchen Ertl ========================================================================= Researchers at MIT have proven Leonardo da Vinci correct yet again, this time involving his design for what would have been at the time...
  • AI brings Mona Lisa to life, loses signature smile in process

    05/29/2019 6:30:02 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 36 replies
    N Y Post ^ | May 28, 2019 | | Hannah Sparks
    A video uploaded to YouTube last week by engineer Egor Zakharov shows the iconic portrait translated into three different video clips, each featuring Mona Lisa moving her mouth and turning her head as if in conversation — demonstrating that we can now produce realistic avatars using a single image. Moscow-based Zakharov, an AI researcher with the Skolkovo Institute of Science and Technology and the Samsung AI Center, and his colleagues published their findings, which have not been peer-reviewed, in the journal arXiv. Three-dimensional models of the human head are deeply complex, requiring “tens of millions of parameters,” the study authors...
  • Meet Mona Lisa Through the Power of VR Tech

    06/14/2020 12:24:42 PM PDT · by SunkenCiv · 9 replies ^ | Apr 07, 2020 | Hugo Britt
    Image courtesy of HTC VIVE Arts
  • Saudi Arabia’s Secret Plans to Unveil Its Hidden da Vinci—and Become an Art-World Heavyweight

    06/07/2020 4:15:27 AM PDT · by C19fan · 16 replies
    Wall Street Journal ^ | June 6, 2020 | Kelly Crow
    Saudi Arabia sparked one of the art world’s biggest mysteries when it paid $450 million for Leonardo da Vinci’s “Salvator Mundi” painting three years ago. Since then, the kingdom has kept the world’s priciest painting out of sight—fueling mounting questions about its fate. Now, some answers are starting to emerge. The kingdom’s new Ministry of Culture plans to keep the masterpiece in storage until it can build a new museum to unveil it, according to people familiar with the matter. The plans—kept secret until now—are part of a multibillion-dollar push by the Saudis to become a major international art destination,...
  • Did Mona Lisa Suffer from Hypothyroidism?

    09/06/2018 6:35:35 AM PDT · by ETL · 37 replies ^ | Sep 4, 2018 | News Staff / Source
    The Mona Lisa, also referred to as La Gioconda (or La Joconde), has endured centuries of fascination by artists, researchers, medical professionals, and even thieves. (snip) The Mona Lisa attracted medical attention in 2004 when a team of rheumatologists and endocrinologists suggested that skin lesions and hand swellings visible in the portrait may be indicative of a lipid disorder and heart disease.Specifically, they asserted that familial hyperlipidemia and premature atherosclerosis could have caused Lisa Gherardini’s death. They also proposed that Mona Lisa’s famous smile may have been the result of Bell’s palsy.After examining the painting, Dr. Mehra and Campbell found...
  • Mona Lisa’s Secret Number to Duchamp’s Hidden Face: 5 Conspiracy Theories to Blow Up Your Art World

    12/19/2017 3:09:01 PM PST · by nickcarraway · 10 replies
    Artnews ^ | December 19, 2017 | Ben Davis
    From Mona Lisa’s Secret Number to Duchamp’s Hidden Face: 5 Conspiracy Theories That Will Blow Up Your Art WorldDid Duchamp lie about finding his readymades? Did Anthony Quinn's painting predict 9/11? The truth is art there.\ In a lot of ways, this was the Year of the Conspiracy Theory. Fabulations and connect-the-dots conjectures of all sorts found their way from the margins to the center. The phenomenon very much affects art—which makes some sense, in that art is designed as fodder for fantasizing. Most of the time, such speculation is as consequential as the latest theory about Game of Thrones,...
  • Da Vinci might have painted topless version of Mona Lisa

    09/28/2017 3:46:23 PM PDT · by sparklite2 · 36 replies
    New York Post ^ | September 28, 2017 | Yaron Steinbuch
    Experts at the Louvre museum in Paris on Thursday revealed that Leonardo da Vinci may have also painted a topless version — called Joconde Nue, or Monna Vanna — of the famed masterpiece. A scientific study of the charcoal work found that it could be Da Vinci’s preparatory drawing for a naked version of La Gioconda. The Monna Vanna — which has been held since 1862 at the Condé museum in Chantilly — had previously been attributed to the Florentine master’s studio.
  • Mona Lisa 'was Italy's legendary woman warrior'

    03/13/2002 4:12:53 PM PST · by aculeus · 19 replies
    The Times (UK) ^ | March 14, 2002 | Allan Hall in Berlin
    A GERMAN art historian claims to have solved one of the greatest mysteries of the Renaissance by discovering the identity of Mona Lisa. Magdalena Soest, 56, from Leverkusen in Germany, believes that Leonardo da Vinci based his famous portrait on a young, adventurous beauty called Caterina Sforza. Frau Soest believes that Leonardo based his painting, produced between 1500 and 1506, on a portrait of Sforza, the Duchess of Forlì and Imola, that was painted by the Italian master Lorenzo di Credi. “I wholeheartedly believe that she is one and the same person,” Frau Soest, a respected artist and consultant to...
  • How The Da Vinci Code Doesn't Work

    05/18/2006 10:14:29 AM PDT · by E. Pluribus Unum · 47 replies · 1,823+ views ^ | Tracy V. Wilson
    Since its 2003 publication, "The Da Vinci Code" has caused quite a stir. Since its debut to glowing reviews, it has sold more than 40 million copies in at least 44 languages [ref]. In addition to being a bestseller, it's sparked a lot of controversy. It's a work of fiction, but it presents itself as based in fact, and many critics have raised questions about whether those facts are accurate. It's no secret that the HowStuffWorks staff likes to take things apart and see what makes them tick. Some of us are also the kind of sticklers who point out...
  • Leonardo da Vinci's early drawings for "The Virgin of the Rocks" were revealed through X-ray analysis.

    02/15/2020 6:37:37 AM PST · by SunkenCiv · 23 replies
    Artsy ^ | August 15, 2019 | Christy Kuesel
    Leonardo da Vinci's The Virgin of the Rocks (about 1491/2-9 and 1506-8) originally had a very different composition, new research by the National Gallery in London revealed. Analysis of the artwork showed that two distinct drawings depicting the same figures in different poses lie beneath the painting, which is one of the most popular in the museum's collection. In the first composition, the angel holds the infant Christ much more tightly, and both figures are positioned higher. The Virgin also looks toward the pair, instead of staring downward. A second composition aligns much more closely to the final version, but...
  • What inspired it and why is it worth so much?HARRY MOUNT cracks the code of Leonardo da Vinci's...

    10/23/2019 5:03:32 PM PDT · by RummyChick · 14 replies
    DM ^ | 10/23/2019 | harry mount
    For curators of a blockbuster Leonardo da Vinci exhibition which is opening today, it's been a nerve-racking few days. A total of 140 works by the greatest artist — who perhaps also possessed the greatest mind — in history were being brought together to commemorate the 500th anniversary of his death in 1519. Da Vinci was the ultimate Renaissance man. By the time of his death, aged 67, he had become an expert in countless areas: drawing, painting, sculpture, architecture, science, music, mathematics, engineering, literature, anatomy, geology, astronomy, botany, palaeontology and cartography. And the centrepiece of the Louvre show in...
  • Lot 1: Horse and Rider, Leonardo da Vinci’s (Only Surviving Sculpture on Auction)

    10/24/2019 1:23:34 PM PDT · by Swordmaker · 30 replies
    Invaluable Auctions ^ | October 30, 2019 | Invaluable
    Item OverviewDescription: A unique, 21st Century bronze figure cast from a 16th Century beeswax model authenticated as the work of Leonardo da Vinci. The Original Bee’s Wax Mold by Leonardo’s Own Hand 28 cm x 23.5 cm x 13.35 cm On October 30th, a unique bronze sculpture by Leonardo da Vinci, will be auctioned at New York's prestigious Pierre Hotel. It is titled simply ''Horse and Rider" (Cavallo e Cavaliere). The work is cast from a beeswax model hand-carved by Leonardo himself, circa 1508 according to Dr. Carlo Pedretti. Author of over sixty books on the life and work of...
  • Leonardo’s dragon (How did he draw a dinosaur so accurately?)

    05/09/2019 7:31:54 AM PDT · by fishtank · 79 replies
    Creation Ministries International ^ | Published: 7 May 2019 (GMT+10) | Philip Robinson
    Leonardo’s dragon (How did he draw a dinosaur so accurately?) by Philip Robinson Published: 7 May 2019 (GMT+10) The month of May 2019 marks the 500th anniversary of the death of Leonardo Da Vinci (15 April 1452 – 2 May 1519). The polymath was well known for his contributions to science, history, engineering, architecture, drawing and especially painting, with his most famous painting being the Mona Lisa. For this anniversary the UK’s Royal Collection Trust is displaying some of its collection of Leonardo drawings in 12 different locations. One particular drawing is causing a stir.
  • Celebrating Leonardo da Vinci's Life:A look at the visionary's 10 greatest creations. [tr]

    05/02/2019 10:01:46 AM PDT · by C19fan · 5 replies
    Popular Mechanics ^ | May 2, 2019 | Daisy Hernandez
    Half a millennium after Leonardo da Vinci's death, his influence is alive and well in many of the modern machines we see and use every day. An inventor, engineer, scientist, and artist, da Vinci was the quintessential Renaissance Man, and one of history's brightest minds. Not only did he have the vision to create early versions of game-changing modern gadgets, but he was also the extremely gifted painter who birthed the world's most famous work of art, the Mona Lisa, and the equally iconic Last Supper. "He was the first to insist that mechanical devices should be designed in keeping...
  • Leonardo da Vinci's 500th anniversary: The great master's enduring legacy

    05/02/2019 7:08:56 AM PDT · by Borges · 6 replies
    Leonardo da Vinci died 500 years ago today at the age of 67. He was a universal genius driven by insatiable curiosity that led him to explore ideas in science, math, architecture, design, engineering, geology, cartography, sculpting, drawing and, of course, painting. His surviving body of work as a painter is remarkably slim: Fewer than 20 artworks can be comfortably attributed to him, although two of them -- the "Mona Lisa" and "The Last Supper" -- are easily among the most famous in the world. Such scarcity led to the record-breaking auction of "Salvator Mundi," believed to be a long-lost...