Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Did a 19th-century drawing of the Whirlpool Nebula by a British scientist inspire Van Gogh’s Starry Night? Judge for yourself.
- We love this: Two historians discuss cosmetics in the Renaissance.
- Don’t judge a book by its cover, or you might not be able to read it. A designer has created a book jacket that will open only when a reader shows no judgment.
- Although it would be difficult to keep a straight face if the book in question is this one in the new J-Lo movie.
- Not two weeks after #museumselfie Day, museums are starting to ban selfie sticks.
- The Fitzwilliam Museum in England announced that two bronzes in their collection of men riding the backs of panthers may be the work of Michelangelo. Reactions to the news have been mixed; this might be our favorite:
The new Michelangelo sculptures revealed! pic.twitter.com/zS6oWUfGKQ
— Matthew Best (@Matthew_Best) February 2, 2015