History In The Headlines

Category: Art History

Mary Todd Lincoln

Mary Todd Lincoln Portrait Revealed as Hoax

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.

Mona Lisa Copy

Mona Lisa’s Long-Lost Twin Turns Up in Spain

A “Mona Lisa” replica at the Prado in Madrid was probably painted alongside the original by one of Leonardo da Vinci’s apprentices.

Synesthesia

Seeing Sounds, Hearing Colors: Good for Survival?

Why have the genes behind synesthesia, a condition with a higher incidence among artists, survived throughout human history?

Louis Daguerre

Louis Daguerre, Photo Pioneer Honored By Google: Interesting Facts

Explore the life of Louis Daguerre, whose birthday is celebrated in today’s Google Doodle.

Kiln at Selinunte

An Ancient Greek SoHo?

Artisans in the Greek colony of Selinunte lived and worked in a special quarter on the city’s outskirts, researchers announced this week.

Spotted Horses

Cave Painters Didn’t Dream Up Spotted Horses, Study Shows

DNA challenges the theory that prehistoric artists depicted spotted horses before they even existed.

Mona Lisa

10 Famous Art Heists: Slideshow

Find out about the 1911 Mona Lisa theft, which took place 100 years ago Sunday, and other sensational art capers.

mammoth-art-thumb

Earliest American Art Found in Florida?

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.

shroud-of-turin-thumb

Shroud of Turin: The Work of a Renaissance Artist?

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.

mona-lisa-thumb

Archaeologists Bring Mona Lisa’s Top Model to Light

Archaeologists are digging for the bones of the woman who may have sat for the “Mona Lisa.” Will facial reconstruction confirm her identity?