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Researchers get to the bottom of why The Scream is fading

The Scream, Edvard Munch’s iconic 1910 painting, really has something to shout about now. Researchers have found that moisture from the breath of visitors is facilitating the degradation of the painting, which has seen yellow portions of its scene fade to an off-white. Housed at the Munch Museum in Oslo, the painting is one of […]

The truths beneath the surface: Researchers reveal more secrets of Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring

Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring (c. 1665) has captivated audiences for centuries. It has become one of the most well-known and loved works of art and has inspired people of all walks of life. However, much like the life of Vermeer himself, relatively little is known about the painting, particularly when it comes to […]

Wait, the Mona Lisa isn’t a great example of the Mona Lisa Effect?

The short answer: no, not really, according to new research. Mona Lisa’s gaze, or what has been called the Mona Lisa Effect for years, is the feeling that no matter where you move in relation to a figure in an artwork, the eyes in the image follow you. Earlier this year, though, scientists debunked the […]

‘Van Gogh and the Sunflowers’: exhibition shows off recent research on the beloved painting

After an extensive and overdue bought of research, Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 version of Sunflowers, painted just a year before his death, will be the focal point of an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam titled ‘Van Gogh and the Sunflowers.’ The popularity of the painting has made it difficult in the past […]