Cave artwork in France 10,000 years older than thought

Apr 13, 2016

Cave artwork in France 10,000 years older than thought

Some of the world’s oldest prehistoric artwork, located in the Chauvet-Pont d’Arc cave in southeastern France, is actually 10,000 years older than previously thought, researchers said Tuesday. The red and black cave drawings contained in the cave are more than 30,000 years old, according ...

'Caravaggio' masterpiece found in French attic

Apr 13, 2016

'Caravaggio' masterpiece found in French attic

A painting discovered in the attic of a house in France is an “authentic” work by Italian Renaissance master Caravaggio that could be worth up to 120 million euros, two experts said Tuesday. But others still have doubts over the spectacular canvas. The owners ...

Munch lithograph stolen in 2009 recovered in Norway; pair arrested

Apr 7, 2016

Munch lithograph stolen in 2009 recovered in Norway; pair arrested

Norwegian police on Wednesday announced the recovery of a valuable lithograph by Edvard Munch that was stolen in 2009, with two men arrested. The artwork, named “Historien,” or “History” in Norwegian, was retrieved undamaged, a statement said. It shows an elderly bearded man speaking ...

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. ...