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:

  • Robert Ryman has been making white paintings for more than half a century. Here’s a guide on how to look at them.
  • And if that leaves you craving color, we highly recommend browsing through the photos of the Tiger Balm Garden. It’s truly bonkers.
  • The story behind John Singleton Copley’s “Watson and the Shark” is as fascinating as the painting itself.
  • Get a tour through the history of fashion through 20 handmade dolls. Not into dolls or fashion? No matter, the story behind them is interesting in itself!