Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Scholars and artists from the American Academy in Rome used to climb the Pantheon on a regular basis. Sounds inviting? Keep in mind that “differences in temperature between the building’s cool interior and the sun-warmed roof created downdrafts that could literally suck someone through the opening.”
- Her nude figure is all over New York City (in public!) yet she’s hardly remembered: the fascinating—and tragic—life of Audrey Munson, once the most famous artist’s model in America.
- Don’t ask how we stumbled onto this link, just trust us, it was for legitimate reasons: Why are Greek and Roman statues so, ahem, modestly endowed?
- A dazzling artwork involving a fleet of 2,000 messenger pigeons draws admirers – and protesters.
- We’re charmed by the doodles (and baffled by the eccentric eating habits) of French composer Erik Satie.
- Divers discovered the 1,600-year-old wreckage of a ship in Israel’s Caesarea Harbor filled with bronze statues headed for recycling. Judging from the photo, the tiny figurine of Luna, the moon goddess, resembles souvenirs of the Statue of Liberty that you can find in stores all over New York.
- On confusing whales with islands, with some salubrious commentary.