Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazine feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenThu, 22 Apr 2021 20:02:36 +0000Why Did This Picasso Painting Deteriorate Faster Than Its Peers? examines how animal glue, canvases, layers of paint and chemicals interacted to produce cracks in one work but not in othersThu, 22 Apr 2021 20:02:36 +0000Why the Cape Town Fire Is a Devastating Loss for South African Cultural Heritage inferno destroyed much of the University of Cape Town's special collections, including rare books, films, photographs and recordsTue, 20 Apr 2021 18:06:26 +0000West Coast Bubble Tea Shops Brace for Boba Shortage as Cargo Ships Jam Los Angeles Ports popular sweet drink might not be available in some locations for awhile due to shipping delaysTue, 20 Apr 2021 17:00:50 +0000U.S. Authorities Return 523 Smuggled Pre-Hispanic Artifacts to Mexico seized the cache of illegally imported objects in 2016Tue, 20 Apr 2021 11:30:00 +0000Museums Around the World Make Renewed Push to Repatriate Benin Bronzes recent months, a number of institutions have announced plans to (eventually) return the looted artwork to NigeriaMon, 19 Apr 2021 19:53:53 +0000Site of Julius Caesar's Assassination Will Be Transformed Into Open-Air Museum's "Area Sacra," a sunken square home to the ruins of four ancient temples, doubles as a sanctuary for stray catsMon, 19 Apr 2021 17:55:48 +0000Pottery Shard May Be 'Missing Link' in the Alphabet's Development inscription found on a 3,500-year-old vessel suggests that a standardized script arrived in Canaan earlier than previously thoughtFri, 16 Apr 2021 18:03:50 +0000Sweeping Survey Unites Works by 100 Women Artists of the Past Century ongoing exhibition at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, features 200 paintings, sculptures, ceramics and moreFri, 16 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000How an Art Exhibition in Breonna Taylor's Hometown Honors Her Life and Impact Louisville show is organized around three overarching themes proposed by Taylor's mother: promise, witness and remembranceWed, 14 Apr 2021 15:26:58 +0000These Out-of-Focus Paintings Put a Contemporary Spin on Traditional Portraiture new exhibition in London showcases the Miaz Brothers' radical subversion of Old Master classicsWed, 14 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Scientists Used A.I. to Recreate a Landscape Hidden Beneath a Picasso Painting reconstructions of the early 20th-century depiction of Barcelona are now on sale for $11,111.11 eachTue, 13 Apr 2021 20:29:13 +0000Baroque Painting Almost Sold for €1,500 May Be a Caravaggio Worth Millions authorities halted the sale after identifying "sufficient stylistic and documentary evidence" linking the work to the Old MasterTue, 13 Apr 2021 19:02:37 +0000Drawing on Their Escapes From the Nazis, These Artists Became Celebrated Cartoonists groundbreaking female comic book artist, a MAD magazine star and a counterfeiter-turned-illustrator share the floor in an exhibit in New York CityMon, 12 Apr 2021 17:05:58 +0000Five Things to Know About the Gardner Museum Heist—the Biggest Art Theft in Modern History 1990, two thieves made off with a $500 million cache of art by Rembrandt, Vermeer, Degas and more. Three decades later, the works remain missingFri, 09 Apr 2021 18:08:32 +0000Vandals Deface 'Irreplaceable' Native American Rock Carvings in Georgia unknown criminals painted the 1,000-year-old petroglyphs in bright colors and scratched their surfaces beyond recognitionThu, 08 Apr 2021 19:50:42 +0000Virtual Tour Restores Baalbek's Stunning Roman Temples to Their Former Glory free online experience allows users to toggle between views of the ancient Lebanese city today and as it appeared in 215 A.D.Thu, 08 Apr 2021 16:24:32 +0000Newly Discovered Gainsborough Portrait Reveals Likeness of Overlooked Composer acclaimed British artist's painting of Czech musician Antonín Kammel may be worth upward of $1.3 millionWed, 07 Apr 2021 17:46:38 +0000This Artemisia Gentileschi Painting Spent Centuries Hidden From Public View 17th-century portrait of Lucretia is set to go on view at the Getty Museum in Los AngelesWed, 07 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000Listen to the First Song Ever Recorded on This Ancient, Harp-Like Instrument Sekar, a luthier based in southern India, has painstakingly recreated the long-lost yazhTue, 06 Apr 2021 16:42:51 +0000How a Stint in Hamburg Helped Catapult the Beatles to Superstardom trove of letters and photographs associated with the band's time in Germany is set to go up for auction next monthTue, 06 Apr 2021 11:00:00 +0000Hear a 16th-Century Concert Recreated by a 'Musical Time Machine' modeled the acoustics of Linlithgow Palace in Scotland to transport listeners back to a 1512 performanceMon, 05 Apr 2021 17:25:36 +0000Medieval Jews in England Kept Kosher Laws, New Research Suggests 800-year-old trash dump in Oxford reveals adherence to Jewish dietary codesThu, 01 Apr 2021 16:03:30 +0000A Swindler Almost Sold These Forged 'Masterpieces' for $14.7 Million authorities halted the sale of the three works, which were falsely attributed to El Greco, Modigliani and GoyaThu, 01 Apr 2021 10:30:00 +0000Dollhouse-Sized Exhibition Will Showcase Mini Creations by Art-World Giants new show at the Pallant House Gallery in England features pint-sized works by Damien Hirst, Rachel Whiteread and moreWed, 31 Mar 2021 19:49:53 +0000How a New Digital Archive Preserves—and Protects—Indigenous Folk Medicine's database features hundreds of thousands of entries detailing traditional healing practicesWed, 31 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000How Alice Neel's Revolutionary Portraits Put People First new show at the Metropolitan Museum of Art features 100 of the American artist's paintings, drawings and watercolorsTue, 30 Mar 2021 14:16:36 +0000You Can Now Explore the Louvre's Entire Collection Online new digital database features 480,000 works from the Paris museum's holdingsTue, 30 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +00003,200-Year-Old Mural of Knife-Wielding Spider God Found in Peru farmers accidentally destroyed 60 percent of the shrine complex that houses the ancient Cupisnique paintingMon, 29 Mar 2021 16:16:34 +0000Is This the Face of King Tut's Father, Pharaoh Akhenaten? 3-D reconstruction visualizes what KV55, a mummy long thought to be the ancient Egyptian ruler, may have looked likeMon, 29 Mar 2021 15:27:15 +0000Take a Virtual Tour of Feminist Icon Gloria Steinem's Historic Manhattan Apartment honor of her 87th birthday, the speaker and activist is (digitally) welcoming visitors into her homeMon, 29 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000How a Sweeping Survey in NYC Redefines What It Means to Make 'Latinx' Art new triennial at El Museo del Barrio features a wide range of works by 42 artists and collectivesFri, 26 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000How Modern Researchers Are Trying to Recreate a Long-Lost Fabric muslin was immensely popular for millennia, but the secrets of its creation faded from memory by the early 20th centuryThu, 25 Mar 2021 19:19:39 +0000New Book Details the Lives of Vincent van Gogh's Sisters Through Their Letters missives reveal that the Impressionist artist's family paid for his younger sibling's medical care by selling 17 of his paintingsThu, 25 Mar 2021 16:09:55 +0000Pioneering Victorian Suffragist's Unseen Watercolor Paintings Are Up for Sale landscape scenes by 19th-century British social reformer Josephine Butler are headed to the auction blockThu, 25 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Step Into the Pages of 'Goodnight Moon' With This Enchanting Exhibition view at Fort Makers in NYC, the show features 14 artists' reimagined interpretations of objects from the beloved children's bookWed, 24 Mar 2021 16:25:31 +0000This Wooden Sculpture Is Twice as Old as Stonehenge and the Pyramids findings about the 12,500-year-old Shigir Idol have major implications for the study of prehistoryWed, 24 Mar 2021 15:09:30 +0000Trove of Early Yayoi Kusama Works to Go on Public View for the First Time Japanese artist gifted the pieces, which will be exhibited ahead of a May auction, to her doctor as thanks for free medical careFri, 19 Mar 2021 19:18:31 +0000The Newseum's Iconic First Amendment Tablet Is Headed to Philadelphia in at 50 tons, the marble slab previously adorned the facade of the now-shuttered journalism museum in D.C.Fri, 19 Mar 2021 16:55:47 +0000New Project Reimagines the U.S.' First Antislavery Newspaper, the 'Emancipator' joint initiative from Boston University and the "Boston Globe" revamps a 19th-century abolitionist publication for 21st-century research about raceFri, 19 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Don't Just Look at These Paintings—Smell Them Too, Says New Dutch Exhibition"Scent dispensers" will emit odors fragrant and foul to evoke 17th-century EuropeThu, 18 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Fire at 16th-Century Mexican Church Prompts Debate Over How to Protect Cultural Heritage argue that a lack of preservation funding contributed to the devastating lossThu, 18 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000A New Sculpture in Brooklyn Honors Ruth Bader Ginsburg statue, unveiled to coincide with Women's History Month, is dedicated to the late Supreme Court justiceTue, 16 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +00003-D Reconstructions Reveal the Faces of Two Medieval Dukes used a variety of techniques to visualize what Czech rulers Spytihněv I and Vratislav I might have looked likeMon, 15 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000How Did This Grasshopper End Up Trapped in a Vincent van Gogh Painting? research offers insights on "Olive Trees" (1889), including the story of the hapless insect trapped on its thickly painted surfaceMon, 15 Mar 2021 10:30:00 +0000Eleven-Year-Old Boy Discovers Ancient Fertility Amulet in Israeli Desert 2,500-year-old ceramic figurine was likely created to provide protection and promote conceptionThu, 11 Mar 2021 20:54:15 +0000For the First Time in Its 200-Year History, the Rijksmuseum Features Women Artists in 'Gallery of Honour' Amsterdam institution is spotlighting works by Dutch Golden Age painters Judith Leyster, Gesina ter Borch and Rachel RuyschThu, 11 Mar 2021 15:55:03 +0000Five Rarely Seen Frida Kahlo Artworks United for Dallas Exhibition show features lesser-known paintings and drawings, most of which date to the end of the iconic Mexican artist's lifeWed, 10 Mar 2021 12:00:00 +0000Explore 200 Years of Tattoo History With This New Book tattoo artist Henk Schiffmacher shows off designs from around the world in images from his private collectionTue, 09 Mar 2021 17:42:44 +0000Explore the Newly Digitized Archive of Alexander Calder, Famed 'Sculptor of Air' new online trove from the Calder Foundation offers fans endless avenues to learn about the artist's life and workTue, 09 Mar 2021 11:00:00 +0000Authorities Recover Intricate Renaissance Armor Stolen From the Louvre in 1983 appraiser's quick thinking helped recover the treasures, which vanished from the Paris museum 38 years agoFri, 05 Mar 2021 19:26:33 +0000How the 'Ecstatic Joy of Nature' Unites Vincent van Gogh and David Hockney exhibition marks the first time the famed artists have been shown side by side in an American museumThu, 04 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Forgotten Last Supper Scene Linked to Renaissance Master Titian Spent Century Hidden in Plain Sight spotted the artist's signature, among other clues to the 16th-century painting's provenance, on the canvasThu, 04 Mar 2021 11:30:00 +0000Another Long-Lost Jacob Lawrence Painting Resurfaces in Manhattan by the recent discovery of a related panel, a nurse realized that the missing artwork had hung in her house for decadesWed, 03 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Major Donation to MoMA Spotlights a Century of Women Photographers announced gift of 100 works by 76 artists runs the gamut from photojournalism to experimental imagesTue, 02 Mar 2021 18:33:23 +0000Take a Virtual Tour of Failed Designs, From the DeLorean to Google Glass online exhibition showcases 40 creative flops, including a curvy ping-pong table and a doll dubbed Little Miss No-NameMon, 01 Mar 2021 18:04:36 +0000Newly Restored Pompeiian Frescoes Capture Hunting Scenes in Vivid Detail used a laser to clean the ancient artworks before retouching their faded sectionsMon, 01 Mar 2021 15:29:31 +0000Porcelain Bowl Bought at Yard Sale for $35 Could Sell at Auction for $500,000 blue-and-white vessel is a rare Ming dynasty dish dated to the early 15th centuryMon, 01 Mar 2021 12:30:00 +0000Curators Seek $25,000 to Repair Artworks Damaged in U.S. Capitol Attack vandalized six sculptures and two paintings, in addition to smashing windows, breaking furniture and spraying graffitiFri, 26 Feb 2021 16:04:42 +0000Rare Vincent van Gogh Landscape Will Go on View to the Public for the First Time in a private collection for the past century, the 1887 painting of a Parisian windmill is set to go on auction next monthFri, 26 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000Tomb Painting Known as Egypt's 'Mona Lisa' May Depict Extinct Goose Species two of the three kinds of birds found in the 4,600-year-old artwork correspond to existing kinds of animalsThu, 25 Feb 2021 18:04:35 +0000The U.S. Removed Over 160 Confederate Symbols in 2020—but Hundreds Remain mass protests against racial injustice, watchdog group records new push to remove racist monuments from public spacesThu, 25 Feb 2021 15:20:15 +0000Anonymous Artist Installs Bust of York, Enslaved Explorer Who Accompanied Lewis and Clark, in Portland Park monument replaces a statue of conservative editor Harvey Scott that was toppled last OctoberWed, 24 Feb 2021 19:13:52 +0000New Online Portal Chronicles the Culinary Legacy of the African Diaspora"Feast Afrique," a digital tool created by food historian Ozoz Sokoh, features nearly 200 texts spanning 1828 to the presentWed, 24 Feb 2021 16:24:16 +0000Who Scribbled This Cryptic Graffiti on 'The Scream'? research suggests that the painting's artist, Edvard Munch, wrote the secret message around 1895Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000