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:

  • From Cezanne to Rembrandt, paintings by famous artists all too often have names that don’t really match the work. How does this happen? (You might remember that we touched on that topic on our post about Botticelli’s Primavera.)
  • The Louvre is about to restore Leonardo da Vinci’s St. John the Baptist. How do you clean a masterpiece, anyway? Very carefully.
  • Piet is a programming language in which the programs are abstract pictures. To be honest we’re not sure what that means, but we like it anyway.
  • So you want to photograph the incorrupt, a group of saints whose bodies supposedly won’t decompose. A word of warning: it’s complicated.

  • After decades of working in tiny spaces, Joan Miró built his dream studio in 1956. On its 60th anniversary, the studio is being recreated in London, complete with replicas of the eclectic objects scattered around it, as well as 25 works by the legendary surrealist.
  • Temples in Egypt were not only carved with detailed reliefs, but also painted with vivid colors. How do you bring these colors back without altering the priceless original? Try light.
  • The discovery in a remote part of Indonesia of the oldest cave paintings in the world has scholars rethinking the origins of art—and of humanity.