Albert Einstein played a mean violin.
Climate activists' brand of iconoclasm is far removed from the Beeldenstorm that swept medieval Europe.
A new study says the reason cave paintings are in such remote caverns was the artists' search for transcendence.
A conservator from the Rijksmuseum explains how they went about investigating whether the painting is a genuine Rembrandt.
By challenging your preconceptions, art offers a framework by which you can solve problems.
When your passion becomes your day job, sometimes the day job becomes a chore.
Studying neuroscience through art.
The value of art does not lie in the artwork itself but is instead determined by curators, collectors, critics, and other participants in the modern-day art market.
Like his "Mona Lisa," Leonardo da Vinci's "Lady with an Ermine" depicts a woman in a way that flouted the conventions of its time.
"Salvator Mundi" sold for a record-breaking $450 million in 2017, but is it really as valuable as people were led to believe?
Modernism has lasted longer than any art movement since the Renaissance.
The artifacts were often made from found objects – an Ivory dish-soap bottle transformed into an earthenware figure.
Meaningful pictures are assembled from meaningless noise.
Successful forgers are remembered as great conmen, not artists. This is strange, considering their forgeries fooled even the most seasoned critics.
Perfectionism is on the rise, and its consequences for mental health can be devastating. The Japanese philosophy of "wabi sabi" can help.
To be successful at bonsai cultivation, you must acquire the perseverance and unconditional kindness normally reserved for devout monks.
Who should be compensated?
Break into London Zoo? Illegal, but it would improve the London Circle Walk
Some artifacts drown in shipwrecks, others are taken by the tide. Many others will vanish as a result of climate change and rising sea levels.
Rock art in northern Australia depicts marsupial lions, giant kangaroos, and other megafauna that populated the Land Down Under long ago.
Rare and costly paints have shaped art history in unforeseen ways. Mummy brown caused one artist to bury his paint.
Is "The Garden of Earthly Delights" by Hieronymus Bosch a condemnation of sin or a celebration of hedonism? Art historians still aren’t sure.
When you're a genius, how do you make ends meet?
Nikolaas Tinbergen's concept of "supernormal stimulus" explains why humans are attracted to a heightened version of reality.
An analogy explains the greater fool theory: You don’t have to run faster than the bear to get away; you just have to run faster than the other guy.
Like some cold poison creeping up our veins, there's a frisson in the stories and poems of Edgar Allan Poe.
Bernini created art for 8 different popes. In the process, he helped reinforce and redefine Christianity’s visual culture.
Paintings played an important role in these ancient civilizations. Unfortunately, pigment is not nearly as durable as marble.
The so-called "court painter of Silicon Valley" was shaped by her youth in communist Poland but looks forward to a future ruled by celebrity robots.
Independent of cultural background, people seem to share a sense of what makes certain color combinations aesthetically pleasing.