Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Scholars and artists from the American Academy in Rome used to climb the Pantheon on a regular basis. Sounds inviting? Keep in mind that “differences in temperature between the building’s cool interior and the sun-warmed roof created downdrafts that could literally suck someone through the opening.”
- Her nude figure is all over New York City (in public!) yet she’s hardly remembered: the fascinating—and tragic—life of Audrey Munson, once the most famous artist’s model in America.
- Don’t ask how we stumbled onto this link, just trust us, it was for legitimate reasons: Why are Greek and Roman statues so, ahem, modestly endowed?
- A dazzling artwork involving a fleet of 2,000 messenger pigeons draws admirers – and protesters.