Monday, January 21, 2019

Arts & Culture

What’s happening in the wider world of art and culture.

Last week news broke that an Italian television producer is going to exhume the body of Lisa Gherardini, the woman long believed to be the model for Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa. Outside of the fact that this isn’t...
Art and culture lovers everywhere should be able to appreciate this: a 360-degree interactive panorama of Prague’s off-limits-to-the-public 868-year-old Strahov Monastery Library. This Hall is home to a 42,000-volume collection of “just about every important book available in central...
I always find nostalgia for anything analog interesting. There have probably been more technological advances in the last 30 years than the previous 5000 combined. Our iPhones and iPods are basically pocket-sized computers and they're practically obsolete the moment...
Vincent van Gogh’s birthday is this week and this news reminded me of something fascinating I’d recently heard about the great artist and the almost symbiotic relationship he had with his brother Theo. In one way, Vincent was the...
The New York Times reported this week that a federal judge in New York just effectively sidelined one of the most ambitious projects Google has ever attempted - of digitalizing “every book ever published." This project, an attempt to...
Writing in the margins of books (what is called Marginalia) faces an uncertain fate in an increasingly digitized world. For this very reason, books with notes or marks in the margins are valued for their social and cultural legacy.
At Paperblanks we’re no strangers to the works of Mark Twain – so we’re always pleased when he shows up in the news. For all you old-school literature fans there’s a great article in the Los Angeles Times about...
Recently, we’ve become fascinated by the Baroque art that flourished in Europe and Latin America from the late 16th century until the early 18th century. Characterized by passion, exuberance and grandeur, Baroque refers to the decorative style that spanned two...

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