Some stories we’ve been reading this week:
- Lots of feelings around this prank in which a teen put glasses on the floor of a gallery and visitors thought it was art. We’ll just say one word: context.
- Confusion about art isn’t limited to the contemporary. Consider the Mäanderhöhle cave near Bamberg, which was previously thought to contain some of the oldest cave art in Germany–until an archaeologist demonstrated that they are actually the result of natural processes.
- The Emblem Project Utrecht features nearly 30 beautifully illustrated books about love from The Netherlands’ Golden Age.
- 122 years after the project started, the compilers of a Latin dictionary are still at work. They’re at the letter ‘N’ right now. Tempus fugit.
- Never let it be said that our Friday Links shrink from the hard questions. For example, why are there violent rabbits in the margins of medieval manuscripts?
- And finally, can you sort out true and false in this history quiz? We must admit our performance was a little disappointing. No, we won’t tell you our score.