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Photographer: Robert Howlett | Isambard Kingdom Brunel, builder of the Great Eastern | ca. 1857-1858 | George Eastman House, eastmanhouse.org

Some stories we’ve been reading this week:

  • Nearly 100,000 Syrian children in Lebanon have been traumatized by the conflict in their home country. Can painting help them?
  • And finally–purely in the interest of scholarship, mind you–we present you with ten illuminations from medieval manuscripts depicting cats cleaning their butts.