Around the web: from Dalí’s cookbook to Mongolian wrestling
Some stories we’ve been reading this month:
- O Brazil first showed up on maps in the 14th century. For the next five centuries its size and shape often morphed, its location wandered from Ireland to North America, and its name varied. Which is not so weird considering it never existed.
- Finally, you can cook conger eel of the rising sun and frog pasties–Salvador Dalí’s surreal cookbook is being reprinted!
- 19th-century French painter Rosa Bonheur is reputed to be the first female artist who managed to make a living from her work. She had a permit from governmental authorities allowing her to wear trousers, and she painted some kick-ass lions.
- Remember the “Monkey Jesus” scandal of 2013 in which an amateur spectacularly botched a restoration of an old painting? Now there’s a contender.
- We’re all over this: downloadable pumpkin stencils for art history nerds.
- Somewhat related: Old Master Emojis!
- The mystery of the women in trees.
- New analysis and DNA evidence suggest the 8,000 life-sized China’s Terracotta Warriors owe their inspiration to the Greeks.
- How real estate, violence, and public protest destroyed six iconic artworks in New York.
- Rainer Maria Rilke is “widely recognized as one of the most lyrically intense German-language poets,” according to the Poetry Foundation. So what was he doing hanging out with Rodin?
- Unesco is currently evaluating Asmara’s bid to be made a World Heritage site. The Eritrean capital lays claim to some of the finest Futurist architecture on earth.
- Clickbaity, sure, but we clicked: “Ten weird and wonderful facts about Caravaggio.”
- The CIA’s abstract art collection isn’t as “secret” as recent articles and exhibitions have made it seem — but it’s more politically significant than it appears, and there are still unanswered questions.
- An art historian watches Mongolian wrestling.