It’s been a while since we featured weird stories about Van Gogh and the Mona Lisa. Please accept our apologies for the oversight and enjoy these two:
- An amateur historian appears to have solved what this story claims is “one of the great mysteries of Western art”—how much of his left ear did Vincent van Gogh slice off?
- And Mumbai physicists uncover a link between a painting of Lord Shiva and the Mona Lisa. Spoiler alert: it’s really about the golden ratio.
Now on to the other stuff we’ve been reading this week:
- You’ve probably heard the stories about people playing Pokémon Go in mortifyingly inappropriate places, Chicago’s Field Museum decided to fight fire with fire and created its own treasure hunt.
- Lest you think we’re anti-Pokémon, we give you this beautiful Pokémon-themed illuminated manuscript.
- As you may remember, last week we linked to three very interesting stories about attribution. Here’s another one, and it’s particularly juicy! Painter Lucien Freud demanded that one of his paintings not be authenticated to spite the owner.
- Probably the most interesting way we know of to protect your intellectual property: clowns have their makeup painted on pottery eggs to establish copyright. You’ll want to check out the pictures, trust us.
- Geolocation data from photographs taken with smartphones has been helping law enforcement track down stolen artworks. Maybe art thieves need to invest in an old-fashioned Polaroid camera.
- But law-abiding museum visitors can carry on. In fact, the Art Gallery of Ontario is going to great lengths to encourage selfie sharing.