Category Archives: art

Rembrandt and anatomy

by Matthew Cobb A few days ago (at Jerry’s suggestion!) I highlighted my imminent appearance on Adam Rutherford’s BBC TV series ‘Beauty of Anatomy’, in the episode on Rembrandt. Someone has now uploaded that episode onto YouTube. Watch the episode – not for me, but for Rembrandt and Ruysch, and for Rutherford, who is excellent […]

Rutherford (and Cobb) on Rembrandt

by Matthew Cobb UK readers might want to watch the third episode of Adam Rutherford’s new BBC TV series, The Beauty of Anatomy, which is on tonight, Wednesday 27th, at 20:30 on BBC4 (I’m afraid it clashes with the Great British Bakeoff if you’re into that). Adam’s 5-part series traces the history of anatomy through […]

Moar logos

When I presented some “scientist logos” the other day, I didn’t know where they came from. Eventually it was revealed that the first six of them were by Indian graphic deisnger Kapil Bhagat and, as I’ve just learned, the rest came from Prateek Lala, a physician in Toronto. He also told me that you can see all […]

I haz logos!

1 In teh beginz is teh meow, and teh meow sez “Oh hai Ceiling Cat” and teh meow iz teh Ceiling Cat. 2 Teh meow an teh Ceiling Cat iz teh bests frenz in teh begins. 3 Him maeks alls teh cookies; no cookies iz maed wifout him. 4 Him haz teh liefs, an becuz […]

If scientists had logos

There are some clever ones here; my favorites are Newton, Gödel, Darwin, and Feynman: p.s. I don’t know who the clever person is who should get credit for these logos, but if anybody knows tell us in the comments. UPDATE: Reader Don Bilgren, in the comments, identifies the designer as Kapil Bhagat, who made these […]

Long-lost section of Bayeux Tapestry found

I’ve always wanted to see the Bayeux Tapestry, which now resides in the eponymous town in northwestern France. It’s not really a tapestry, like the Lady with the Unicorn series (do see that if you’re ever in Paris), but is an embroidery on cloth. Regardless, according to a tw**t by Literary Interest, a new section of […]

Ceci n’est pas une bouteille

We need a break, so here: Nope, it’s just a drawing of a bottle of vodka, but an amazingly realistic one by Italian artist Marcello Barenghi, whose webpage is here and whose YouTube channel, with similar hyperrealistic drawings, is here. You can see how this was created in the following speeded-up video: The video has […]

Alain de Botton, master patronizer, ruins the Rijksmuseum

As if it weren’t enough that Alain de Botton tells atheists that we need atheist church-equivalents, and how to set them up, he’s apparently now doing the same in the art business, at least according to the Guardian. Their new piece, “Art as therapy review—de Botton as door-stepping self help evangelist,” by Adrian Searle, bascially takes […]

Today’s Google doodle: what is it?

If you go to the Google page, you’ll see this (it’s a screenshot): I had no idea what it is, and even when I clicked on it I had never heard of the person whom it was celebrating (shoot me for my ignorance). Guess which person is involved? If you know without clicking, put it […]

Moar wildlife body art: woman painted to look like parrot

I have to admit that when I posted a video yesterday showing Johannes Stötter’s body-painting “installation” of five humans making a remarkably realistic frog, I was taken aback when several readers said that this “creeped them out.”  I don’t quite get that, as I see that form of body-painting as art, using the human body […]

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