Friday links: technology and the humanities, Mona Lisa’s theft, arty picnics
Some stories from around the Web that we’ve been reading this week:
The New Yorker spoke to two of the women in Garry Winogrand’s famous “World’s Fair, New York City” (1964) about what it was like to be in an iconic photograph. The Winogrand retrospective is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art until September 21, and you can find more than 100 of his photographs in the Artstor Digital Library.
Technology and the humanities
- According to this headline, “When a machine learning algorithm studied fine art paintings, it saw things art historians had never noticed.” What it was really looking at, though, was the metadata. Interesting results nonetheless.
- In collaboration with the Cantor Art Center, Dr. James Chang, a hand reconstruction surgeon at Stanford’s School of Medicine, takes Rodin’s sculptures of hands and renders anatomical views with imaginary bones, nerves, and blood vessels “beneath their skin.”
- Three ancient Maya cities were recently discovered hidden in thick vegetation in the heart of the Yucatan peninsula with the help of aerial photographs.
Seattle’s Frye Art Museum is inviting visitors to crowd-curate a show via social media.
La Gioconda’s big adventure
This week marks the 103rd anniversary of the theft of the Mona Lisa (it was recovered two years later). The Louvre offers a beautiful video describing the event.
Inspiration for your weekend
As the summer nears its end, the usually cantankerous critic Jonathan Jones seems to be in high spirits and picks the top ten picnics in art.