Friday Links: Leonardo’s Bedazzler, a robot librarian, and naughty graffiti
Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Did Leonardo da Vinci invent the original Bedazzler?
- 2,500-year-old homoerotic graffiti was found on a wild, windswept, rocky, and remote Aegean island.
- Which segues nicely with this appreciation of the sexually charged art of Aubrey Beardsley.
- We also enjoyed this account of the effect a Francis Bacon painting had on a 17-year-old novelist-to-be.
- Play games, get college credits! Well, almost. A Game-Based Learning company is releasing a collection of games supporting college-level Art History survey courses. Their first release teaches the interconnectedness of local and international economies in Renaissance Italy, and how those economies influenced art and art patronage.
- How do humans interpret and understand art? Ask a computer!
- And to make it three tech-related stories in a row, here’s a robot that can find misplaced library books.
- Last week we told you about the world’s ugliest color. This week we bring you its advocate.
- Anxious? Try making art! Researchers found that 45 minutes of creative activity significantly lessens stress in the body. You don’t even have to be good at it!