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:

  • Sound Homer Simpson makes when he realizes his mistakes, three letters, starts with D. A 91-year-old woman has been questioned by police after she filled in the blanks in a piece of modern art based on a crossword puzzle.
  • It’s not that we’re happy that Dr. Seuss suffered from insomnia, but we love the hundreds of artworks he created on those sleepless nights, many of which were kept private until his death.
  • We’re finally coming to terms with the fact that we’re including a Van Gogh and/or Mona Lisa link pretty much every week. This time around we give you the newly revealed name of the mystery woman who received Van Gogh’s ear.

  • Now we know the name of the recipient of Van Gogh’s ear, but Banksy, Elena Ferrante, Daft Punk, and other artists in the new millennium are hiding their identities behind aliases, masks, and avatars. Why?
  • The Hammer Museum’s biennial’s breakout star is a 78-year-old retired gardener from Compton. Meet the inspiring Kenzi Shiokava!
  • And speaking of the Hammer, their Now Dig This! Art and Black Los Angeles, 1960–1980 exhibition chronicled the vital legacy of the city’s African American artists. Now the museum has created a very impressive digital archive with images, essays, documentation… and a very strange M&Ms-themed interactive digital artwork.
  • Virgil’s epic poem the Aeneid tells the tale of Aeneas’ journey from Troy to Italy, where he would become the ancestor of the Romans. 1,600 years later, the Vatican has digitized the surviving fragments of one of the world’s oldest versions of the Latin epic poem and it looks fantastic.