Friday Links: Mark Twain insults the Mona Lisa (and more)
Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Mark Twain called the Mona Lisa “a smoked haddock” and Turner’s The Slave Ship a “cat having a fit in a platter of tomatoes.” So what did he like?
- The rise and fall of the Lucille Ball statue.
- How art reveals the limits of neuroscience (and of Descartes).
- The famous bust of Nefertiti contains one of the most beautiful faces in the world. And it turns out a mathematical formula was used to sculpt it.
- And speaking of Egyptian art, the oldest (and longest!) Egyptian leather manuscript has been found in the shelves of the Egyptian museum in Cairo, where it was stored and forgotten for more than 70 years.
- This is nice: a graphic history of color.
- These British artists found a novel venue for their work: the backs of street signs.
- Rest in peace, Mshindi, the black rhino from the Denver Zoo known for his paintings.