Some stories we’ve been reading this month:
- A new report suggests the arts do not help to solve social problems, contrary to popular opinion. Might we be concentrating on the wrong things?
- For a long time, Artemisia Gentileschi’s paintings have been interpreted almost exclusively as symbolic revenge against the man who raped her, but a historian argues we should see her as a champion of strong women instead.
- What does it take to save cultural heritage? How about fakes? A workshop is using digital technology to craft perfect copies of imperiled art.
- How paintings get their titles, and from whom, is worth pondering.
- Brazil is the only country in the world where, for three generations, the most prized artists have been women. Here’s why.
- How do artists function under tyranny? Five books detail the gamut from resistance to collaboration.
- The Voynich Manuscript looks at first like other illuminated manuscripts of the 15th century. Yet there’s no author, no title, and it’s written in an unknown language. And while the illustrations appear to be plants or stars or baths, in fact, they have no analog in the known world.
- Sliced, stabbed, punctured, bleeding, harassed on all sides by various weaponry, the curious image of Wound Man is a rare yet intriguing presence in the world of medieval and early modern medical manuscripts.
- Eight novels and stories inspired by real works of art.
- Is this a photo of Gauguin in Tahiti?
- Seeing a troupe of Cambodian dancers helped Rodin see “higher and further” than ever.
- You too can be inspired by dance–try Oskar Schlemmer’s Triadic Ballet, the original Bauhaus dance.
- Archaeologists believe they have found a burial unique in Roman Europe – a woman gladiator who fought in the Roman amphitheater in London.
- A towering cedar sculpture by a world-renowned artist is being blamed for the hospitalization of over a dozen employees at the FBI’s Miami field office.
- Medieval murals painted over by Shakespeare’s father on the orders of Henry VIII are revealed for the first time in 450 years.