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How A Parisian Engineer Revealed The Mona Lisa’s 500-Year Old Secrets

The Mona Lisa is arguably the most iconic and well-known piece of art in the world. In December of 1962, just before the painting began a tour of the United States, The Louvre (the French Museum that serves as the painting’s permanent home) had an insurance assessment done on the painting: it was valued at a whopping $100 million. In today’s dollars (accounting for inflation), that’s around $780 million. Take into account that the painting has only been increasing in

Using Abstract Shapes to Capture the Motion of Legendary Olympians (Video)

Felix Deimann, a young motion artist from Dortmund, Germany, has always been fascinated with the dynamics of motion. So for his final college thesis project, he decided to use digital graphics and abstract shapes to capture some of the most iconic athletes from the history of the Olympic Games. His subjects: Nadia Comăneci, the first gymnast to ever earn a perfect 10, Michael Phelps, the most decorated Olympian ever, the legendary U.S. basketball Dream Team that dominated the ’92 games in Barcelona, and

Mesmerizing Visualization Shows the Spread of Western Culture Over the Past 2,000 Years (Video)

Dr. Maximilian Schich is a professor of art and technology at the University of Texas at Dallas. His current research focuses on how the spread of the arts and sciences affected the spread of culture. To illustrate this process, he decided to map the movements of 100,000 of the most influential figures of western culture from the past 2,000 years. Among the names were people like Apple founder Steve Jobs, Pride and Prejudice author Jane Austen, and the famous artist and inventor Leonardo da Vinci. Schich gathered information

This Polish Street Artist Creates Captivating Lace-Inspired “Public Jewelry” (Photo Gallery)

NeSpoon Polska isn’t just your every day spray-paint graffiti artist. The female street artist from Warsaw, Poland has her own unique brand of art that incorporates lace patterns. She uses stencils, ceramics, paints and sometimes even actual crocheted webbing to create her amazing street art masterpieces, and everything is a potential canvas. She refers to her art as “public jewelry”. Check out some of her work in the images below. Click an image to enlarge: You can check out more of NeSpoon’s work on her Behance profile. (h/t

This Man Is Able to Reproduce Meticulously Accurate Cityscapes After A Single Fly-Over (Video)

They call him the human camera. Stephen Wiltshire was born in London in 1974. As a child, Stephen was a mute. At the age of three he was diagnosed as autistic, and in that same year his father died in a motorcycle accident. At five he was sent to the Queensmill School for the autistic in London. The instructors there discovered that Stephen had an intense passion for art. Even as a child, his skill and attention to detail was exceptional.

12 Pieces of Street Art That Seamlessly Mesh With the Nature Around Them (Photo Gallery)

Street art is one of the more creative art forms around today. Because of its visibility, it is often used to make political or social statements, like the street art that emerged in Brazil before and during the World Cup. But some street artists like to use their work to bring out parts of the natural environment that we might otherwise take for granted. Check out some of the best examples below (click an image to enlarge): (h/t Bored Panda)

If These Photos of Dogs Underwater Don’t Make You Smile, Nothing Will (Photo Gallery)

Seth Casteel is a photographer based out of Chicago and Los Angeles who specializes in taking pictures of animals. Though he photographs all types of animals, dogs are one of his favorite subjects. A few years back, he shot a series of photos of dogs playing underwater. Check out the pictures below (click an image to enlarge): The success of the photos landed him a book deal, and the photo-book “Underwater Dogs” was released in October of 2012. Casteel’s photography company, Little

This Guy’s Art Looks Like A Bunch of Trash… Until You See It From the Right Angle (GIFs and Gallery)

Bernard Pras is a French painter, photographer and sculptor with an amazing eye for perspective. His art style in called anamorposis. It involves creating a distorted projection that can only be correctly viewed from one specific angle. Pras is a master, using all kinds of random odds and ends to create images with stunning detail. Pras built the piece below as a memorial to Malian actor Sotigui Kouyaté (who played a major role in building a bridge between African and western culture)

This Guy’s Black Light Bodyscapes Might Be the Coolest Art I’ve Ever Seen (Photo Gallery)

“Cherish something different.” This is the motto of John Poppleton, one of the most creative photographers and artists you will ever hear of. John combines UV paints with black light photography to create breathtaking bodyscape images on his human canvases. You can check out some of his work below (click an image to enlarge). John calls black light photogrpahy the “fourth dimension”. It allows him to use an invisible light source to turn his human subjects into the light source, which

This Guy’s Mind-Twisting Artwork Is Incredible (Photo Gallery)

Martin de Pasquale is a photographer and digital artist from Buenos Aires, Argentina. He combines amazing photography with photo-manipulating programs like Photoshop, Poser and 3DS Max to create amazing surreal images. But computer programs alone aren’t enough to make these incredible images- they require meticulous planning ahead of time, like making sure the lighting is consistent. It’s also important that the angles at which images are taken is precise. You can read more about the process from Gizmodo. Check out some of Pasquale’s best

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