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:

  • We continue to be on the lookout for anything that legitimizes our more self-indulgent interests, so we’ve fallen in love with @ArtGarments, an Instagram account that zooms in on the most fabulous fashion in art history.
  • On a less cheerful direction, here’s a comparison of the Rich Kids of Instagram to the paintings of European elites.
  • And on a tangentially related note, while attempting to take a selfie, someone knocked over a revered 126-year-old Portuguese statue, smashing it to bits.
  • Moving away from Instagram and selfies, these Russian portraits “can bring us closer to its subject than any new-fangled photograph could do.” And without breaking anything, either.
  • On a recent episode of Antiques Roadshow, an expert pronounced a clay jug to be worth “up to $50,000.” Sadly, it turned out to be someone’s high school ceramics project.