Friday links: purloined Michelangelo letter, melting mummies, and more
Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Two priceless documents written by Michelangelo, one of them believed to be the only existing letter solely handwritten by the artist, are being held for ransom.
- A painting auctioned off as the work of a Constable follower sold for $5,200; two years later, now deemed a true Constable, it fetched 10,000 times that price. How could that happen? Thank the imprecise world of art identification.
- The 2,500-year-old burial chamber tomb of a Celtic prince has been unearthed in France, revealing “stunning treasures.”
- On a similar note, jewelry and silver coins from the era of Alexander the Great were discovered in a cave in Israel.
- And one more for good luck: Archaeologists have found a mysterious culture’s lost city, referred to in legend as the “City of the Monkey God.”
- We love this: a Japanese ukiyo-e print of London by an artist who’d never been there. (Btw, we have a blog post about spooky ukiyo-e prints here.)
- The world’s oldest mummies are turning into black goo due to global warming.