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A New 'Mona Lisa' Theory Suggests She's Leonardo's Mother And A Chinese Slave

artnet | Posted 12.04.2014 | Arts

This post originally appeared on artnet News. by Lorena Muñoz-Alonso Photo via: Yoomee The elusive identity of the Mona Lisa, one of art hi...

5 Famous Stolen Pieces of Art (and Where to See Them)

Shermans Travel | Posted 12.03.2014 | Travel
Shermans Travel

Because art theft seems to always be in the news -- see: Picasso thieves finally on trial; art recently stolen from Cairo Museum of Islamic Art; and a stolen painting of Elton John from an English pub -- here's where you can see world-famous art that's been stolen (and recovered) over time.

Open Every Day? Oh Mon Dieu! That Is a Revolution!

Sidonie Sawyer | Posted 12.06.2014 | Travel
Sidonie Sawyer

If you are going to Paris only once, plan to spend three weeks in the city, a treat never to be forgotten.

If Famous Paintings Could Text, They Might Sound Just Like Us

The Huffington Post | Avery Stone | Posted 09.18.2014 | Arts

If only these walls -- or the paintings on them -- could talk. Well, now they can. Or they can text, at least. Thanks to the Tumblr blog "If Pa...

The 10 Worst Things That Happened to Mona Lisa

Dianne Hales | Posted 08.05.2014 | Arts
Dianne Hales

French monarchs hung "her" in their baths and bedrooms. A thief snatched her from the Louvre. Nazi art looters pursued her. Vandals attacked her. Adve...

Can Mona Lisa Rest in Peace?

Dianne Hales | Posted 09.10.2014 | Arts
Dianne Hales

Centuries after her death on July 15, 1542, Mona (Madame) Lisa Gherardini del Giocondo is still making headlines. Over the last two years journalists from around the world have descended upon Florence to report on dramatic excavations of skeletons that may--or may not--belong to Leonardo da Vinci's model and her family.

What Nobody Tells You About Your Favorite Tourist Attractions

The Huffington Post | Suzy Strutner | Posted 06.22.2014 | Travel

We've all felt the blow of a travel letdown and ridden the high when a place far exceeds our expectations. Before your next visit to a major touris...

The Real Mona Lisa Turns 535

Dianne Hales | Posted 08.16.2014 | Arts
Dianne Hales

Mona Lisa's life spanned the most tumultuous chapters in the history of Florence, decades of war, rebellion, invasion, siege -- and of the greatest artistic outpouring the world has ever seen.

The 'Mona Lisa' Just Might Be History's First 3D Image, Researchers Claim

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 05.06.2014 | Arts

Leonard da Vinci was the original Renaissance man, dabbling in not just art, but anatomy, geology, botany, cartography, mathematics, literature and mu...

There's A New Theory About Mona Lisa

The Huffington Post | Sara Gates | Posted 03.11.2014 | Arts

Why is Leonardo da Vinci's great lady smiling? The question has plagued art historians for centuries as researchers have sought to solve the elusiv...

Those Slackers at Downton Abbey

Joanne Goldblum | Posted 04.09.2014 | Impact
Joanne Goldblum

They don't work for a living; they keep making babies; and they have a tremendous sense of entitlement. I'm talking about the Crawleys, of course, the fictional blue bloods who live at Downton Abbey.

When Art Meets Selfie

Anne Sobel | Posted 03.19.2014 | Arts
Anne Sobel

I'm in a beehive, and there is a buzz, an actual buzz. There is that palpable feeling that surrounds a brush with greatness. She's there! It's really her. The Mona Lisa! The Mona Lisa. But then, something unexpected: selfies. Selfies, in front of the Mona Lisa.

Last Chance for Vermeer, Rembrandt and Hals: Masterpieces of Dutch Paintings at the Frick Museum

Barbara Ernst Prey | Posted 02.18.2014 | Arts
Barbara Ernst Prey

The fifteen paintings selected for the Frick's presentation are among the most important in the Mauritshuis's holdings.

Lego Mona Lisa Is Way Cooler Than We Expected

Posted 12.05.2013 | Arts

If this is what Legos are capable of, we forever bow down to the miniature toy blocks. Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci Italian artist Marco Sod...

Be Less Stupid

Jon Hotchkiss | Posted 01.30.2014 | Science
Jon Hotchkiss

Why did you miss all of these things? Turns out, you don't actually see everything you see. Meaning, your eyes observe and take in much more information than your brain computes... So, there's stuff you see, that you don't actually see.

Face to Face: Flanders, Florence and Renaissance Painting

John Seed | Posted 01.23.2014 | Arts
John Seed

Although I am used to looking at contemporary art -- which often broadcasts its messages with great immediacy -- I found myself slowing down and scanning the 15-century works on view in their entirety, hoping for more subtle moments.

5 Travel Letdowns And How To Avoid Them

Posted 09.18.2013 | Travel

In every travel guide, you'll find a list of "must-see" attractions. And while you should definitely strive to accomplish as much as you can while tra...

Miya Bailey: The Artist's Artist

Bessie A. Winn-Afeku | Posted 10.12.2013 | Arts
Bessie A. Winn-Afeku

There are thousands of tattoo artist who are doing wonderful work . However, there are not many like Miya Bailey who possess the gifts that Bailey shares with not just the creative community, but with the world as a whole.

Mona Lisa Mystery May Finally Be Solved

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.09.2013 | Arts

Researchers in Florence, Italy, are opening a centuries-old family tomb in hopes of solving one of the art world's most pressing mysteries. The tomb i...

LOOK: This Mona Lisa Is Smaller Than You Think

The Huffington Post | Posted 08.09.2013 | Weird News

Squinting won't be enough to see this masterpiece. Students at the Georgia Institute of Technology have recreated the Mona Lisa, but you'll need a ...

New Technique Makes Old Masterpiece VERY Small

LiveScience | Megan Gannon | Posted 08.06.2013 | Science

The enigmatic image is perhaps the most reproduced in art history, but it's never before been painted on such a small canvas. Using a novel nanotechn...

Hair: Chewbbaca or Bruce Willis?

Maggie Van Ostrand | Posted 06.25.2013 | Comedy
Maggie Van Ostrand

From the hairless pates of medieval monks to long-haired hippies to Hip-Hop cornrows, hair has always been as much on our minds as on our heads.

Ron Swanson Or Mona Lisa?

Posted 03.01.2013 | Arts

So this happened this week: Ron Swanson is not exactly known for his smile, so who knew the mustachioed handy-man of "Parks and Recreation" cou...

Oscar Nominees That Inspire Travel

Travelzoo | Posted 04.24.2013 | Travel
Travelzoo

As we walk out of the theater, we discuss what we just saw on the big screen: the plot, the acting, the costumes. But on occasion, we also dream of travel.

Is The Isleworth Mona Lisa Real?

The Huffington Post | Katherine Brooks | Posted 03.08.2013 | Arts

The case of the Isleworth Mona Lisa continues to get more interesting, as an art foundation in Switzerland announced this week that they have reason t...