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:

Can’t help doodling
As major doodlers ourselves (mostly during meetings), we are fascinated by anything that justifies our habit. Check out why researchers think that doodling may be a kind of language and may be hardwired into humans.

“New” Rembrandts
The Rembrandt Research Project says 70 paintings, many of them attributed to Rembrandt followers, are actually the work of the master.

Titian the entertainer
Yes, there are historical interpretations, yes, there are textual readings, yes, there is formal analysis, but sometimes we love art simply because it’s beautiful. In defense of art as escapism, using Titian’s Danaë as an example. (Incidentally, the Artstor Digital Library boasts more variations of the painting.)

School of cave painting
We’ve long believed that cave painting was invented in Europe, but new analysis shows that cave paintings in Indonesia were made at around the same time. This discovery suggests that humans may have carried this art tradition with them when they migrated out of Africa.

What’s black and white and has two wheels?
The archivist of the George Eastman Legacy Collection takes his bike to work and discovers George Eastman’s enthusiasm for bicycles. (Related: our own blog post about bikes and a gallery of Artstor staff and their wheels.)