Da Vinci's 'Mona Lisa' Once Had Eyebrows & Other Intriguing Discoveries

Monalisa372 For centuries, the "Mona Lisa", the world’s most famous painting, has been shrouded in mystery. There has been much debate as to its origin and meaning. Many have also speculated as to what kind of hidden references Da Vinci may have worked into the portrait. A French inventor has found some intriguing secrets about the beloved painting.

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Insect Lab -The New Weird

Anephila "One day I found a dead intact beetle. I then located an old wristwatch, thinking of how the beetle also operated and looked like a little mechanical device and so decided to combine the two. After some time dissecting the beetle and outfitting it with watch parts and gears, I had a convincing little cybernetic sculpture. I soon made many more with other found insects and have been exploring and developing the theme ever since."

Mike Libby -Artist

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Aluna Moon Powered Time -A Future World Architectural & Ecological Icon

Aluna_time_4 London's Aluna project, a call to arms against the tyranny of the digital clock, is a unique proposal for the world’s first tidal powered Moon Clock. It will change the way we consider time and understand our planet. It is "mind inside nature."

London is situated where it is because of the tides and Moon. It was the furthest upriver the tides reached in Roman times when London was founded. The Romans used the tides as a free energy source to bring their boats upriver from the sea. 

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Theo Jansen, Kinetic Sculptor -A Modern Da Vinci?

Theo_jansen_2 Theo Jansen, an artist and kinetic sculptor living and working in The Netherlands, builds large works which resemble skeletons of animals which are able to walk using the wind on the beaches. His animated works are a fusion of art and engineering that collapse the walls between art and engineering that exist only in our minds.

Jansen creates artificial life through the use of genetic algorithms that simulate evolution inside their code. Genetic algorithms can be modified to solve a variety of problems including circuit design, and in the case of Theo Jansen's creations, complex systems, virtual animals out in herds on the beaches, where they will live their own lives.

A modern Da Vinci? We think so...



The Face of Woman -Music Video of 500 Years of Art History

Botticelli_birth_venus_2500 years of the female ideal lovingly composed in a morphing, musical stream that flows through the canon of Western art, from DaVinci to Picasso. As one viewer wrote: "Thanks for 500 years worth of women looking at me the way a man wants to be looked at by a woman, crammed into a minuet or so. HOT!" Posted by Casey Kazan (my favorite is Botticelli's Venus, who I fell in love with at 23)

Face of a Woman 

Matisse -A Visual & Musical Tour

Matissehenribluenudehochformat26018 Perfect for a peaceful Sunday's musing. Matisse in his brilliant palette of color and exuberant genius. Enjoy this tour of his art...which Matisse described in a 1925 interview: "Slowly I discovered the secret of my art. It consists of a meditation on nature, on the expression of a dream which is always inspired by reality."


Pablo Picasso -Daily Video Classic

Pablopicasso_2Take this magical visual and musical tour of the whole of Picasso's life through his art, from the blue period to the "Family of Saltimbanques", "Les Demoiselles d'Avignon", "Three Musicians", and "Guernica". As Picasso wrote "the artist is a receptacle for emotions that come from all over the place; from the sky, from the earth, from a scrap of paper, from a passing shape, from a spider’s web." Our universe is in his paintings. Enjoy and pass it on...Posted by Casey Kazan.


Da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" Discovered to Have Died in 1542 and Buried in a Convent

Monalisa1000_1Author Giuseppe Pallanti found a death notice in the archives of a church in Florence that referred to "the wife of Francesco del Giocondo," the famed Mona Lisa of Leonardo Da Vinci, "deceased July 15, 1542, and buried at Sant'Orsola," the Italian press reported Friday.

Born Lisa Gherardini in May 1479, later to become known through the ages as Da Vinci's symbol of feminine mystique, she is thought to have been the second wife of Del Giocondo, a wealthy silk merchant, with whom she had five children.

While intrigue has surrounded the identity of the woman in the famous unsigned, undated Leonardo da Vinci painting housed at the Louvre in Paris, Lisa Gherardini is widely accepted to have been the subject.

"It was in this convent" Sant'Orsola, where she died at age 63, now disused and in ruins, near the San Lorenzo basilica "that Mona Lisa placed her youngest daughter Marietta, who later became a nun. And it was there that Lisa, as stipulated in the will of her husband who died four years before her, ended her life," Pallanti told the daily La Repubblica on Friday.

Pallanti, author of Mona Lisa Revealed: The True Identity of Leonardo's Model, has spent nearly three decades combing Florence's archives.