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:

  • Another week, another Mona Lisa story. Well, this week it’s literally another Mona Lisa.
  • Five heart-shaped lead boxes from the 16th and 17th centuries were exhumed from the basement of a convent in France. What was in them? One guess.
  • Good news! King Tut’s beard, which had been ineptly glued-on with epoxy, has been successfully repaired. Bonus: the materials used to fix it were what “the ancient Egyptian used.”
  • Most pictures didn’t have titles before the 18th century. What changed?