Category Archives: art

Caturday felids, art edition: The King of the Cats, and a Japanese hot spring for cats

Here’s a tw**t from Bibliophila showing the King of the Cats: But of course all cats are kings! Here’s a tw**t from April (a person) via Matthew Cobb, showing an onsen (Japanese hot spring resort) for kitties, just like the one you’ll soon see for capybaras: The full image is here. Be sure to notice all the details. One cat is washing […]

Holiday snaps: India, Khajuraho

Khajuraho, a UNESCO World Heritage site, is a group of temples, both Hindu and Jain, about 350 miles south of Delhi. My hosts and I travelled there on the overnight train from Nizamuddin Station in Delhi (a hellhole; I was standing on a filthy platform in the cold, waiting for a train that was six hours late, […]

Egyptian cat art

Here are four nice carved cats in the Louvre, a photo tw**ted by Sarah Scott (h/t Matthew Cobb): I’ve been to the Louvre many times, and looked at their extensive Egyptian collection which includes many cat mummies, but never saw this piece. For photos of Egyptian cats art, go here and here, and see here for more on the […]


I must have about 150 pictures of the temples and their sculptures at this World Heritage Site, one of the most stunning examples of architectural artistry I’ve ever seen. Because the internet is so slow here, I’ll present just a handful, but will show a profusion of gorgeous 10th- and 11th-century art when I return. The temples, […]

Tai Tomar Anando Amar Por

One of the highlights of my trip so far has been a visit to Shantiniketan, the “university” founded by the the polymathic poet/artist/novelist/playwright/songwriter/educator Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941). Tagore came from a wealthy family of landowners, and many of his relatives were renowned artists. But Rabrindranath was by far the most famous. He took up painting at the age of 60 (producing […]


by Grania Live Science features the work of artist Greg Dunne who also has a Ph.D. in neuroscience. He paints neurons and brain stems in the style of Asian art and they’re quite beautiful. He uses various techniques, from ink-blowing to micro-etching. It’s for sale, and you can find out more about his art and […]

Spiffy evolution coins

Sandara Tang is an artist in Singapore who specializes in fantasy artwork, but also reports that she is an avid reader of this site (and my book), and was in part inspired by them to create some large coins or medallions in honor of Darwin and evolution.  And so she has. Sandara has produced two coins, one […]

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 […]


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