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Experts announce new tech to reveal secrets held for centuries in locked letters… without unfolding them

Writing a letter isn’t the most common of activities these days, but when you do put pen to paper, the envelope is perhaps the least tedious part of the process. That wasn’t always the case, though. Before the days of envelopes, letterlocking was the go-to method to ensure your letter arrived at its destination without […]

Research reveals Edvard Munch wrote mysterious sentence on “The Scream”

Nearly a year into lockdown, Edvard Munch’s The Scream is a painting that has become more and more relatable. However, on the original version of the painting, there is a an eerie sentence written in pencil that has been more or less ignored until now. Ahead of the opening of the new National Museum of […]

Researchers discover 45,000 year old cave paintings on Indonesian island

Researchers working in Indonesia have discovered what may be the oldest known cave paintings on Sulawesi, one of the country’s islands. It is thought that the painting is at least 45,000 years old and its age even calls into question if the makers of the painting were Homo sapiens, or perhaps a now extinct human […]

Thought to be a copy, a Jacques Jordaens hung in an office for 60 years before historians realised it was the real deal

It turns out that for the past 60 years, office-goers in one Brussels municipal building have had a pretty spectacular artwork to look upon. The Royal Institute for Cultural Heritage (KIK-IRPA) has announced that an original work by Jacques Jordaens, a Baroque Old Master from Antwerp, was found in an office at Saint-Gilles’ City Hall. […]

Researchers suggest Venus figurines were made to help women survive pregnancy in the harshest of climates

Dating back tens of thousands of years, small sculptures known as Venus figurines are among the oldest known figurines that exist. Depicting women who are pregnant or obese – quite different to the depictions of Venus, like the Venus di Milo, with which you might be most familiar – these Venuses have generally been linked […]

ICOM survey found museums around the world in better place than anticipated, but the pandemic’s effects are far from over

In a follow-up report, the International Council of Museums (ICOM) has found the state of cultural institutions around the world to be better than anticipated earlier in the year. Having publishing an initial report in May, just weeks after the onset of the pandemic, the forecast for the arts sector was bleak. However, ICOM is […]

Art historian attributes recently resurfaced drawing to Leonardo da Vinci

It could perhaps be said that every art historian who has embarked on the path of research hopes, if only even slightly, to make a discovery unlike any other. For some, the discoveries they make change the course of art history. One scholar may have discovered a drawing by Leonardo da Vinci that could alter […]