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The owners of a portrait known as the Isleworth Mona Lisa believe Leonardo da Vinci painted their version a decade before his iconic masterpiece.
Located in southwest France, a collapsed rock shelter might contain the oldest wall art ever discovered, a new study suggests.
Scientists have studied the genetic mutation responsible for an uncommon sunflower variety depicted in van Gogh’s famous “Sunflower” series.
Just in time for the 203rd anniversary of Abraham Lincoln’s birthday on February 12, news broke of a hoax involving a well-known portrait of his wife, Mary Todd Lincoln.
A “Mona Lisa” replica at the Prado in Madrid was probably painted alongside the original by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s apprentices.
Why have the genes behind synesthesia, a condition with a higher incidence among artists, survived throughout human history?
Explore the life of Louis Daguerre, whose birthday is celebrated in today’s Google Doodle.
Artisans in the Greek colony of Selinunte lived and worked in a special quarter on the city’s outskirts, researchers announced this week.
DNA challenges the theory that prehistoric artists depicted spotted horses before they even existed.
Find out about the 1911 Mona Lisa theft, which took place 100 years ago Sunday, and other sensational art capers.
A Florida fossil hunter may have found the earliest example of American art: a 13,000-year-old bone with an engraving of a mammoth or mastodon.
A historian has put forth a new theory about the Shroud of Turin, suggesting it was painted by the Renaissance master Giotto and based on Jesus’ actual burial cloth.
Archaeologists are digging for the bones of the woman who may have sat for the “Mona Lisa.” Will facial reconstruction confirm her identity?