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Cosmic Dancer – First Art Show in Earth Orbit on Mir Space Station

Cosmic Dancer – First Art Show in Earth Orbit on Mir Space Station

Posted November 18th, 2013

Russia, Science, Sculptures, Videos

On May 22, 1993, a sculpture called the Cosmic Dancer created by the Swiss/American artist Arthur Woods was launched to the Russian Mir space station on a Progress rocket from the Baikonur Cosmodrome in Kazakhstan. The Cosmic Dancer – a painted geometric form made out… Read More

Science

Michael Najjar returns to Star City for Cosmonaut Training

Michael Najjar returns to Star City for Cosmonaut Training

Posted November 7th, 2013

Contemporary Art, Germany, Science

Michael Najjar once more returned to Star City to continue his cosmonaut training, this time taking a parabolic flight in a Russian Ilyushin II-76. The zero or microgravity of space is simulated by flying a series of parabolic flight maneuvers that counter the forces of… Read More

Science

Closer to Van Eyck – ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ under the microscope

Closer to Van Eyck – ‘The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb’ under the microscope

Posted October 16th, 2013

Art History, Netherlands, Old Masters, Science

(AFP).- Split, stolen, even stashed in a salt mine, one of the world’s most mythical oils, Flemish masterpiece “The Adoration of the Mystic Lamb”, is undergoing its most ambitious clean-up in 600 years. By Flemish primitive masters Hubert and Jan Van Eyck — though Hubert… Read More

Women

Were the First Artists Mostly Women?

Were the First Artists Mostly Women?

Posted October 9th, 2013

Art History, Science, Women

National Geographic has a most fascinating story on ancient cave art which most often belonged to women: “Women made most of the oldest-known cave art paintings, suggests a new analysis of ancient handprints. Most scholars had assumed these ancient artists were predominantly men, so the… Read More

Shows

The Anatomy Lesson: From Rembrandt to Damien Hirst

The Anatomy Lesson: From Rembrandt to Damien Hirst

Posted October 1st, 2013

Art History, Science, Shows

Human anatomy is a subject of inexhaustible interest not only to science, but also to art. For centuries, the human body and its dissection have been popular subjects among artists. Driven by their fascination with the human body and the thirst for knowledge, people knew… Read More

Shows

New light on da Vinci's anatomical drawings in Edinburgh

New light on da Vinci's anatomical drawings in Edinburgh

Posted August 5th, 2013

Art History, Drawing, Renaissance, Science, Shows

Almost 500 years after Leonardo da Vinci’s death, an exhibition that sheds new light on the his groundbreaking studies of the human body opened this Friday at The Queen’s Gallery, Palace of Holyroodhouse as part of the Edinburgh International Festival. Da Vinci’s anatomical drawings have… Read More

Science

Masterpieces at risk from preservation technique

Masterpieces at risk from preservation technique

Posted August 5th, 2013

Paintings, Science

Groundbreaking new Danish research shows that a frequently used preservation method may damage oil paintings – including some of the world’s great masterpieces. If an oil painting treated with the frequently used wax-resin lining is exposed to relative humidity above 60 per cent, there is… Read More

Science

The Book of Secrets by Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi

The Book of Secrets by Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi

Posted August 2nd, 2013

Arab World, Art History, Books, Calligraphy, Science

The Book of Secrets was copied in 1266 (in Toledo) from an original dating back to the eleventh century by the Andalusian engineer Ibn Khalaf al-Muradi. It is an extraordinarily important manuscript in the field of the history of science, because it represents one of… Read More

Videos

When Björk met Attenborough

When Björk met Attenborough

Posted July 30th, 2013

Documentaries, Music, Science, Videos

Award-winning musician Björk and legendary broadcaster and naturalist Sir David Attenborough have admired each other’s work for years but this is the first time they have discussed their mutual love of music and the natural world on screen. In this remarkable documentary, Björk explores our… Read More