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Some Prehistoric Paleolithic Paintings Were Actually Made by ChildrenA new study shows that though thousands of years have passed, some human behaviors still remain. Researchers from Cambridge University and Spain’s University of Cantabria studying Paleolithic paintings have deduced that some of the world’s oldest paintings might have been the handiworks of children. Since the dawn of time, it seems like kids have been doing drawings… What are the chances?The team examined 180 hand stencils painted in Spanish caves around 20,000 years ago. The researchers found that up to 25 percent of the hand marks were not large enough to belong to adults or teenagers. Furthermore, they found that these prehistoric images would have been made by blowing pigments through a hollow reed or bone onto hands placed against the cave wall—a process that would have made the outlines slightly larger than the hands themselves. They theorized that due to the slightly complex process, these children might have gotten the help of adults.Images:VerónicaFernández-Navarro/Journal of Archaeological Science#archaeology #CaveArt #hand #prehistoric #paleolithic #painting #children
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Hidden Madonna and Child Painting Found Underneath Botticelli's Painting of Jesus Christ, "Man of Sorrows"Infrared images of Botticelli's $40 million painting Man of Sorrows revealed that underneath its layers there is a different image entirely—an abandoned composition of a type of Greek icon called the "Madonna of tenderness" cradling the Christ Child.Chris Apostle, senior vice president of Sotheby's in New York, discerned an upside-down drawing of Madonna and Child with some white underpainting. Such under-drawings were not unusual, as panels could be quite costly in the Renaissance. It was possible that Botticelli recycled the panel to paint the extraordinary Man of Sorrows.The 16th century Man of Sorrows is unusual; Christ is off-center with his head tilted slightly, projecting not an iconic rigidness, but a profound emotional charge. Perhaps this will make it stand out when it is due to be sold at Sotheby's later this month.Images: Sotheby's#Botticelli #ManofSorrows #Madonna #MadonnaAndChild #MadonnaofTenderness #Renaissance #painting #infrared
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Texas Artist Katherine Mason Creates Beautiful Works of Art with Lipstick Donated by People Affected by Breast CancerThe second leading cause of cancer death in women is breast cancer. It is a terrible disease that causes many complications in a woman's body. Some women are fortunate enough to overcome the disease and live to tell the tale. Others are not so lucky. To honor the many women who battle breast cancer, Katherine Mason creates artworks using lipstick from people who wrestled with the disease. The Houston-based artist hopes that her series "Painted with Lipstick" will inspire women battling breast cancer.​Mason's series started a few years ago when one of her close friends was diagnosed with Stage 4 breast cancer.Check out Mason’s artworks over at her Painted With Lipstick website.(Image Credit: ABC7)#BreastCancer #Artwork #Lipstick #Painting
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AI Discovered a Hidden Painting that Pablo Picasso Concealed 118 Years AgoA nude figure hiding beneath the oil painting of Pablo Picasso’s “The Blind Man’s Meal” has been spotted thanks to the powers of AI technology. The image, referred to as “The Lonesome Crouching Nude” has been recreated by Oxia Palus after more than a century spent covered up. Its existence was previously discovered by superimposed X-ray fluorescence (XRF) imaging in 2010.The Lonesome Crouching Nude is from Picasso’s Blue Period which lasted from 1901 to 1904. The same image pops up elsewhere in his work, most notably in La Vie (1903). It's likely due to the fact that Picasso was a struggling artist at this point and had to paint over the image to save money.
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Giant Snake Graffiti by Spanish Street Artist SFHIR Decorates This Staircase In Portugal Slytherins would be proud! Spanish street artist SFHIR has created a large-scale graffiti that portrays a little girl and a huge king cobra snake. The artwork, titled The Golden Legend, was commissioned by the International Contemporary Art Festival. The mural, located in Guarda, Portugal, shows a large snake slithering down the staircase as a blond girl stands on guard, ready to fight it.SFHIR specializes in imposing murals that combine spray paint graffiti with paintings using different tools such as airbrushes, brushes, and rollers. His skills are reflected in the intricate artwork details in the stand-off between the snake and the little girl. To showcase the various details in The Golden Legend, the viewers of the mural are placed in specific areas of the public space so they can get a perfect view of the artwork from different perspectives. Looking at the images alone proves that the artwork is mesmerizing. Imagine if you get to view it in person! #StreetMural #Artwork #Mural #Painting #Graffiti #SFHIR #TheGoldenLegend #Portugal #Art #StreetArt Image credit: SFHIR
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Helpful Keanus - Painting of Characters Played by Keanu Reeves by Scott CampbellWhoa! There’s a lot of Keanus in this pic!Artist Scott Campbell painted this artwork titled “Helpful Keanus” featuring various characters played by Keanu Reeves. The limited edition prints also feature a lot of dogs, which are being taken care of by the various Keanus (hence the title of the artwork).There are characters from Reeves’ blockbuster movies: John Wick, Bill and Ted, and The Matrix. But there are also some other movies, like Johnny Mnemonic and Point Break.So. How many Keanus do you recognize?#KeanuReeves #ScottCampbell #popculture #painting #movies
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The Furry Scream? The Scream by Edvard Munch's Turned Into a Furry Artwork by Murat YildrimTurkish artist Murat Yildirim has always been fascinated by classic artwork since childhood, so he decided to put his own spin on some world-famous paintings: by turning them into fantastic furry artwork!Yildirim's recreation of the classical paintings below are digital artwork but these amazing pieces look so realistic that we'd have trouble distinguishing them if they were photographs of actual masterpieces-in-fur hanging on museum or gallery walls.We are loving this one above, Yildirim's recreation of Edvard Munch's The Scream in fur.#fur #furryartwork #MuratYildirim #painting #EdvardMunch #TheScream
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This is NOT a Sausage ... It's a Banana by Hikaru ChoIt looks like a perfectly grilled piece of sausage, but don't let your eyes fool you.It's a banana - specifically, a banana painted like a piece of grilled sausage by Japanese artist Hikaru Cho.Take a look at how that banana was painted and then peeled:
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AI Restored Missing Pieces of Rembrandt's 'The Night Watch'In 1715, The Night Watch painting by Rembrandt was moved to the Amsterdam Town Hall but the movers ran into an immediate problem: the painting was too big to fit in its space. So the painting was trimmed, and the leftover pieces subsequently went missing and were never found again.Fast forward to 2021, when art restorers were able to recreate the missing sections of Rembrandt's masterpiece with help of artificial intelligence (AI) analysis of a 17th century copy of the painting by Dutch painter Gerrit Lundens (who was known for making copies of old masters). Lundens' version showed the original, complete composition of uncut The Night Watch.From The Guardian:Lundens’ copy, painted within 13 years of the uncut original, was a passable one, but scientists working with the computers discovered he must have been sitting on the left side of the painting, creating distortions in perspective. He used slightly different mixes of paint and his work has aged rather differently to The Night Watch over time.A relatively new technology known as convolutional neural networks, a type of AI algorithm that helps computers understand images, was able to correct all these failings when recreating the lost parts pixel by pixel. Crucially, the computers were able to learn how to reproduce the very strokes of Rembrandt’s brush, to ensure they are as close as possible to how the painting appeared three centuries ago.Images: Pirosckha van de Wouw/Reuters#Rembrandt #TheNightWatch #AI #artificialintelligence #OldMaster #painting #GerritLundens