Robert Howlett, Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern, ca. 1857-1858. George Eastman House,

Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House,

Some stories from around the Web that we’ve been reading this week:

Dodgy Da Vincis

“Kemp also noted that he is sent 12 to 20 supposed ‘Leonardos’ each year.” Inside the murky world of unauthenticated Da Vincis.

The difficulties of abstract art

This cracked us up: The Critic, an Oscar-winning cartoon narrated by Mel Brooks.

Think you know more than Brooks’s critic? Prove it by hanging these abstract paintings in the right orientation. It’s harder than we expected!

The UK in colo(u)r

The Tate has been blogging about color (or “colour,” ahem). We particularly loved their “Eight blue moments in art history.”

And we realize this is stretching the theme, but we were fascinated by these colorized (“colourised”?) British photographs taken during World War I. Related: Click and drag over these photographs of the UK in World War II to see the same environments today.

Art in unexpected places

Have you been seeing art where you usually see advertising? Thank Art Everywhere.

You might also look in your kitchen: Salvador Dalí’s cookbook.