Friday links: unknown Warhols, Pollock’s passport, Vesalius’s birthday
Some stories from around the Web that we’ve been reading this week:
Andy Warhol’s silver screen
Warhol made hundreds of 16mm films, but many are virtually unknown because of their fragility and the difficulty of projecting them. Now the Andy Warhol Museum in Pittsburgh and the Museum of Modern Art are digitizing nearly 1,000 of them.
Jackson Pollock’s passport reveals a little-known fact about the famed painter: “right index finger partly missing.”
De humani corporis fabrica
The University of Toronto’s Thomas Fisher Rare Book Library is celebrating the 500th birthday of Andreas Vesalius, the anatomist whose illustrated book revolutionized renaissance medicine. (You can see 253 of the woodcuts in Northwestern University’s Vesalius Anatomical Illustrations collection in Artstor.)
Unintentional Walter de Maria
It’s always sad to hear about artworks being destroyed. So is it callous of us to admit that we were mesmerized by the video of a 108-foot-tall sculpture being struck by lightning?
DIY animated GIFs
Even if you’re not interested in making your own animated GIFs, we highly recommend you visit this blog post from the Smithsonian Libraries to see the flying squirrel.
Eight mythological creatures you’ve never heard of. Well, that we had never heard of.