Some stories we’ve been reading this week. We’ll be keeping track of which links get the most clicks!
- Cracked might not be the first website that comes to mind when you think about museums, but their anonymously written “Six Shockingly Brutal Realities of Working for a Museum” definitely got our attention.
- Stonehenge, the mystery that keeps on giving. New discoveries have led archaeologists to theorize that its stones were first used in another monument somewhere near the quarries, which was later dismantled and dragged off to its current location.
- A French scientist claims that with the help of reflective light technology he has discovered a different portrait painted underneath the Mona Lisa. Check out the digital reconstruction and judge for yourself.
- Stonehenge, Mona Lisa, did we forget anything? Oh yeah, you might want to check out this video in which Vincent Van Gogh meets Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring.
- After her numerous Freedom of Information Act requests about the paintings decorating the CIA’s Virginia headquarters were denied, an artist started recreating the works from details she gathered from other sources.
- Kazimir Malevich is often credited as one of the first abstract painters, if not the first. Before achieving his fame, though, he designed a perfume bottle. It’s not abstract, but it’s a real beauty.
- The Magdala Stone, discovered in 2009, is engraved with enigmatic symbols apparently depicting the ancient Jewish temples. What’s significant about it is that when the stone was carved, the Second Temple still stood in Jerusalem for the carver to see, which is upending scholarly assumptions about ancient synagogues and their relationship with the Temple.
- Researchers have been recording brain waves from hundreds of art gallery visitors. Among their discoveries: The most engaging works of art trigger brain regions involved in introspective thought, as well as nearby regions usually directed at more outward matters—two areas that usually don’t activate simultaneously.