Graffiti app could keep ancient walls clean in Florence

Mar 23, 2016

Graffiti app could keep ancient walls clean in Florence

The days of scribbling “I woz here” on Florence’s historic monuments are gone. From now on, would-be vandals will be able to graffiti via app instead, with their messages kept for posterity. “Welcome to Giotto’s Campanile!” reads a message on a digital tablet for ...

Geographic profiling may reveal identlty of elusive artist Banksy

Mar 5, 2016

Geographic profiling may reveal identlty of elusive artist Banksy

The elusive street artist Banksy may have been unmasked by mathematics. Scientists have applied a type of modeling used to track down criminals and map disease outbreaks to identify the graffiti artist, whose real name has never been confirmed. The technique, known as geographic ...

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

Feb 5, 2016

Glass expert digs into secrets of historic Venetian process

A modern-day glassblower believes he has unraveled the mysteries of Renaissance-era Venetian glass-making, a trade whose secrets were so closely guarded that anyone who divulged them faced the prospect of death. Today’s glassblowers work with methane-fired furnaces, electric-powered kilns, good lighting and proper ventilation. ...

Artist arrested for posing naked beside painting of a nude in Paris museum

Jan 18, 2016

Artist arrested for posing naked beside painting of a nude in Paris museum

A woman has been arrested for indecent exposure after lying down naked in Paris’s Musee d’Orsay in front of Edouard Manet’s similarly nude painting of the prostitute Olympia, her lawyer said Sunday. Museum-goers were enjoying an exhibition entitled “Splendor and Misery: Images of Prostitution ...