“Haeckel published 100 fabulous prints beginning in 1889 in a series of ten books called Kunstformen der Natur (“Art Forms in Nature”)…”
“Over the past 20 years, I visited 193 museums in 42 different countries. Equipped with 1,500 Munsell colour chips – the world-standard samples for colour science – I examined 139,892 works of art, searching for violet. I concluded that there were indeed only a very few artworks before the 1860s that contained this colour from my childhood….
…I can’t help but wonder whether a muon shower might have enhanced our ability to see violet midway through the 19th century on Earth.”
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Gazing at a painting feels like an almost magical encounter with another mind but what real effects does art have on us?
We can learn much about how a historical period viewed the abilities of its children by studying its children’s literature.
Using a wealth of available information from Leonardo’s notebooks, various biographical resources, and some well-reasoned speculation, Shlain sets out to perform a “posthumous brain scan” seeking to illuminate the unique wiring of Da Vinci’s brain and how it explains his unparalleled creativity.
When photographer Reuben Wu visited the Svalbard Satellite Station in Norway, the sun never strayed far from the horizon….
The Letterform Archive Launches a New Online Archive of Graphic Design, Featuring 9,000 Hi-Fi Images