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Leonardo da Vinci, Study of Two Warriors Heads for the Battle of Anghiari, c. 1504-5. Black chalk or charcoal, some traces of red chalk on paper. Google Art Project. Wikimedia Commons.

How Leonardo da Vinci made a living from killing machines

Leonardo's professional life reveals his genius for creating technologies of destruction.
Artist Jennifer Rubell hired a model to vacuum for two hours each night from Feb. 1 to Feb. 17. Ryan Maxwell Photography

Ivanka and her tower of crumbs

A new piece of performance art features a lookalike Ivanka Trump vacuuming crumbs. Not only is it a cutting commentary on labor and gender, but it also highlights the complicity of the viewer.
The painting: ‘In the Bathroom’ is part of exhibition ‘Pierre Bonnard: The Colour of Memory’ at London’s Tate Modern gallery. EPA-EFE/Neil Hall

Pierre Bonnard at the Tate: the surprising reasons we love art

A London exhibition of the French post-impressionist painter is an opportunity to examine what it is that fascinates us about art itself.
Detail from Mickalene Thomas’s ‘Le Dejeuner sur l’herbe: Les trois femmes noires’ which is part of a show called ‘Femmes Noires’ currently at the Art Gallery of Ontario. The Rachel and Jean-Pierre Lehmann Collection © Mickalene Thomas

Black Canadian women artists detangle the roots of Black beauty

A recent and powerful exhibit by New York artist Mickalene Thomas at the Art Gallery of Ontario has opened the door for some deep discussions about Black Canadian women and visual representation.
Lighting causes damage to paintings over time. Juan Di Nella/Unsplash

How the right lighting could save the Mona Lisa

Researchers have found a way to reduce light damage to artworks by up to 47% by optimising LEDs to prevent light from being absorbed by the artwork.

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