Smart News Arts & Culture | Smithsonian Magazinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/rss/smartnews-arts-culture/RSS feed for Smart News Arts & CultureenThu, 22 Apr 2021 20:02:36 +0000Why Did This Picasso Painting Deteriorate Faster Than Its Peers?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chemists-explain-why-one-picasso-painting-deteriorated-faster-its-peers-180977573/Study 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 Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/cultural-heritage-historic-library-destroyed-south-africa-blaze-180977539/The 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 Portshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boba-shortage-us-creates-limited-supply-bubble-tea-180977545/The 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 Mexicohttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/united-states-returns-more-500-artifacts-mexico-180977535/Investigators 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 Bronzeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/major-push-museums-around-world-make-plans-repatriate-benin-bronzes-nigeria-180977519/In 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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/site-julius-caesars-assassination-will-be-transformed-open-air-museum-180977536/Rome'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 Developmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/pottery-shard-may-be-missing-link-alphabets-development-180977527/An 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 Centuryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exhibition-bostons-museum-fine-arts-finally-gives-women-artists-their-due-180977515/An 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 Impacthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/louisville-exhibition-honors-breonna-taylor-180977503/The 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 Portraiturehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/these-out-focus-paintings-put-contemporary-spin-traditional-portraiture-180977498/A 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 Paintinghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/two-scientists-used-ai-reconstruct-hidden-picasso-painting-180977492/Physical 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 Millionshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/spanish-government-bans-sale-possible-caravaggio-180977487/Spanish 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 Cartoonistshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/drawing-on-their-escapes-from-the-nazis-these-artists-became-celebrated-cartoonists-180977486/A 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 Historyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/five-things-know-about-isabella-stewart-gardner-art-heist-180977448/In 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 Georgiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/someone-destroyed-1000-year-old-indigenous-art-georgias-chattahoochee-national-forest-180977453/The 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 Gloryhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/take-3d-tour-ancient-temples-lebanon-180977451/The 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 Composerhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/lost-portrait-acclaimed-british-painter-thomas-gainsborough-resurfaces-180977443/The 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 Viewhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/getty-museum-recently-added-artemisia-gentileschi-work-its-collection-180977427/The 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 Instrumenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hear-sound-ancient-indian-instrument-180977426/Tharun 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 Superstardomhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/trove-beatles-memorabilia-sale-180977408/A 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'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/musical-time-machine-recreates-16th-century-concert-180977406/Researchers 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 Suggestshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/medieval-jews-england-kept-kosher-laws-new-finds-show-180977389/An 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 Millionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/con-artist-almost-sold-these-forged-paintings-147-million-black-market-180977385/Spanish 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 Giantshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/dollhouse-sized-exhibition-will-show-tiny-artworks-leading-contemporary-artists-180977380/A 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 Medicinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-digital-archive-showcases-collection-alternative-healing-methods-180977374/UCLA'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 https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-alice-neels-paintings-put-people-first-180977358/A 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 Onlinehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/louvre-puts-entire-collection-online-redoubles-efforts-track-looted-art-180977367/A 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 Peruhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/mural-knife-wielding-spider-god-found-peru-180977360/Local 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-used-facial-reconstruction-technology-reveal-king-tuts-fathers-face-180977349/New 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 Apartmenthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/you-can-now-tour-gloria-steinems-historic-nyc-apartment-online-180977354/In 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' Arthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/el-museo-del-barrios-estamos-bien-exhibition-shows-museums-first-nationwide-survey-latinx-artists-180977335/A 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 Fabrichttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-work-revive-beloved-dhaka-muslin-fabric-180977339/Dhaka 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 Lettershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/exploring-lives-van-goghs-sisters-through-their-letters-180977325/The 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 Salehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/paintings-prominent-feminist-activist-are-going-sale-180977324/Seven 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 Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/step-pages-goodnight-moon-180977323/On 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 Pyramidshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/earliest-surviving-wood-sculpture-even-older-previously-thought-180977320/New 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 Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/beginning-her-career-yayoi-kusama-donated-11-works-her-doctor-now-they-may-sell-14-million-180977271/The 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 Philadelphiahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/huge-first-amendment-tablet-moves-philadelphia-180977283/Weighing 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'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/antislavery-newspaper-boston-university-globe-180977273/A 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 Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/hague-exhibition-invite-visitors-smell-art-180977262/"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 Heritagehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/historic-sixteenth-century-church-mexico-burns-down-sparks-debate-about-cultural-heritage-180977266/Critics 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 Ginsburghttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-sculpture-brooklyn-honors-ruth-bader-ginsburg-180977245/The 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 Dukeshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/researchers-reconstruct-faces-two-premyslid-dynasty-dukes-180977228/Researchers 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?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/how-did-grasshopper-end-trapped-van-gogh-painting-180977227/New 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 Deserthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/boy-finds-2500-year-old-fertility-amulet-israel-180977217/The 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'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rijksmuseum-will-display-work-women-artists-its-gallery-honour-first-time-180977209/The 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 Exhibitionhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-five-rarely-seen-paintings-frida-kahlo-180977201/The 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 Bookhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/new-book-brings-readers-centuries-tattoo-history-180977198/Celebrated 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'https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/explore-digitized-archive-alexander-calder-famed-sculptor-air-180977189/A 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 1983https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/intricate-renaissance-armor-stolen-40-years-ago-recovered-police-180977170/An 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 Hockneyhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/rare-exhibition-explores-connections-between-david-hockney-and-vincent-van-gogh-180977136/Houston 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 Sighthttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/church-found-undiscovered-painting-titians-workshop-180977137/Researchers 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 Manhattanhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/second-long-lost-jacob-lawrence-painting-turns-manhattan-180977130/Inspired 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 Photographershttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/moma-receives-donation-100-photographs-women-artists-180977128/Newly 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 Glasshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/virtual-exhibition-devoted-flops-180977118/An 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 Detailhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/newly-restored-pompeiian-frescoes-capture-hunting-scene-vivid-detail-180977116/Researchers 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 $500,000https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/chinese-bowl-someone-bought-yard-sale-35-could-sell-500000-180977109/The 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 Attackhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/smithsonian-curators-discuss-artworks-damaged-violent-capitol-attacks-180977103/Rioters 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 Timehttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/sothebys-selling-10-million-van-gogh-painting-hasnt-been-publicly-displayed-180977100/Housed 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 Specieshttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/4600-year-old-egyptian-painting-may-show-extinct-goose-180977101/Only 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 Remainhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/us-removed-over-160-confederate-symbols-2020-more-700-remain-180977096/Following 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 Parkhttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/anonymous-artist-installs-bust-black-explorer-portland-180977094/The 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 Diasporahttps://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/theres-free-online-library-dedicated-west-africas-food-traditions-180977076/"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'?https://www.smithsonianmag.com/smart-news/who-wrote-cryptic-graffiti-edvard-munchs-scream-180977075/New research suggests that the painting's artist, Edvard Munch, wrote the secret message around 1895Wed, 24 Feb 2021 12:30:00 +0000