Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- A photographer discovered Abstract Expressionists Jackson Pollock and Lee Krasner’s recipes in the house they once occupied. More than 50 recipes scribbled by Pollock, Krasner, and Pollock’s mother have been released as a cookbook.
- Lonni Sue Johnson was a popular illustrator whose work was published in The New Yorker and The New York Times before an attack of viral encephalitis left her with severe amnesia, unable to recall what happened five minutes earlier. Yet she continues to draw, and researchers are now studying her works in an effort to unlock the secrets of the brain and creativity.
- Poor King Tut – it was only two months ago that we told you that his beard was torn off and hastily glued back on, and now his chair, sarcophagus, and two other artifacts have reportedly been damaged.
- A team of experts used both traditional and high-tech methods to restore the mosaics and frescos and supporting structures in Pompeii’s Villa of the Mysteries, reviving the brilliant colors as they existed at the time of the eruption. The detail of a mural included in this article looks spectacular.
- Unlike many other businesses, the flower and seed industry was considered a suitable occupation for women in the nineteenth century. The Biodiversity Heritage Library explores the fascinating story of “the Three Seedswomen of Minneapolis,” illustrated with colorful seed catalog art from women-owned businesses.
- I see Paris, I see France, I see 350 years of underwear on display.