Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- A 19th-century mousetrap did double-duty as a historical display and as pest control, unexpectedly trapping a contemporary mouse at a museum.
- Time travel is possible – and a Greek statue offers the proof.
- Reproductions are now so convincing that a museum displaying replicas of every important artwork in the world could be possible. Is that a good thing?
- The bargain-hunter’s ultimate dream: buy a couch on Craigslist and get a free $60,000 artwork by Andy Warhol. We can’t help wondering how the original owner feels.
- An “enthusiastic amateur” has earned more than £6 million from prints of his watercolors. Maybe his name has something to do with it?
- Early-modern book bindings contain hidden treasure: fragments cut from medieval manuscripts, ranging from small snippets to full pages. The catch was that you couldn’t access these pages without destroying the newer books. Until now.
- It happened two days ago, but we’re pretty sure you’ll still want to read about this auction of dog-themed art.
- It’s now a law: the President, Vice-President, Congress, and cabinet members may not use taxpayer money to commission oil paintings of themselves.
And not a week goes by without an amazing discovery. Here are four:
- 100-year-old negatives were discovered in a block of ice in Antarctica. The photos are, er, pretty cool.
- A historical church was unearthed during excavations in Turkey, and experts believe the colorful frescoes inside could change the history of Orthodoxy.
- During an excavation for a new office development, a team of archaeologists discovered what is now one of the earliest surviving frescos from Roman Britain.
- An erased nude has been found in one of Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks. We’ll leave it up to you to theorize why he erased it.