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 we’ve been reading this week:

The odd couple

A friendship as unexpected as the chance meeting on a dissecting table of a sewing machine and an umbrella: Salvador Dalí and Harpo Marx.

Moving vases

This is really fantastic: ancient Greek vases turned into animations.

Unusual supports

This artist uses coins as his canvas, which reminded us of “hobo nickels.”

And this artist uses Baltimore as his canvas as he draws with two wheels.

The perfect accessory 

New discoveries on a 500-year old Da Vinci painting: The Lady with an Ermine didn’t always include the ermine.

Dear diary

The secret diaries of American artists, not so secret anymore.

Russia before it turned red

Pre-revolutionary Russia, in color.