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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:

  • The Getty is running what it calls a “Historical Serial” on Tumblr, and we’re overcome with jealousy because it’s so brilliant. Start here.
  • The popular perception of artists is often of brooding intellectuals, but it turns out that a fair number of them aren’t above the occasional fisticuffs.
  • Beneath a painting of John Dee performing an experiment for Elizabeth I lays a dark and slightly terrifying secret.
  • This story has been freaking out everyone who reads it: Museums are keeping a ton of the world’s most famous art locked away in storage. (Though you can still see most of it in Artstor, ahem.)
  • Fascinating peek at Louise Bourgeois’ house as she left it. Bonus: great photo of the artist wearing a latex cast of one of her works!
  • Could the mysterious paintings in one of the world’s most famous caves be the oldest-known depiction of a volcanic eruption?