Researchers May Have Found the Earliest Drawing

In South Africa’s Blombos Cave, researchers have discovered what is believed to be the world’s earliest drawing. The drawing—a crosshatch made on one rock using another—predates other uncovered art by a whopping 30,000 years. Researchers claim, though, that this by no means makes the Blombos Cave people artists, rather it identifies their interest in “graphical designs,” says Chantal Tribolo from Bordeaux Montaigne University. The team admits …

Eight Essential Art Terms

Art lexicon is often daunting and dense. The words usually have roots in French or German, but even the simple(r) English ones are worthy of brushing up on. Learning the right terms is essential when attempting to analyze art—a builder has to have the right tools, after all. From “foreshortening” to “gestural,” Artsy has listed eight essential terms.

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Medusa's makeover, an album stored in DNA, Michael Jackson's "impossible" dance move and more

1. Bill Gold’s Seminal Film Posters While many might not be immediately familiar with the name Bill Gold, his work will be recognizable to just about any film enthusiast. The creative passed away yesterday at 97 years old, but his artwork lives one in his countless seminal film posters. The mind behind iconic movie posters for legendary films like A Clockwork Orange, Casablanca, Barbarella, The …

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Records made for aliens, shutting down douchebags on Tinder, a new Mona Lisa and more

1. The Voyager Golden Record Available for Human Ears The Golden Records (first created to be taken aboard the Voyager spacecraft launched in 1977) were always intended for extraterrestrial ears. Made with 55 greetings in different languages, nature sounds, plus all kinds of music, the contents were chosen by a committee chaired by Carl Sagan. With tracks from Beethoven to Chuck Berry, the records were …

500-Year-Old Sketch Could Be Naked Mona Lisa

A sketch previously attributed to one of Leonardo da Vinci’s students is currently being studied by experts who believe it may actually be an early drawing of the Mona Lisa. It’s long been believed by art historians that da Vinci drew or painted a nude version of the work, and this 500-year-old piece certainly looks familiar. Her position and even the shapes of her fingers …