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600 Historic Recipes for Potions, Paints, and Pastes

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Vintage recipes for pretty much anything, for free! More»

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“I Declare War on All Europe”

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A closer look at two propaganda posters from World War I More»

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Meet FRED!

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What’s used in law enforcement and at the Getty Research Institute? FRED! More»

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Art Historical Books Bound for Brazil

University of São Paulo by Rafael Vianna Croffi on Flickr, CC BY 2.0.
University of São Paulo by Rafael Vianna Croffi on Flickr, CC BY 2.0.

179 boxes of books and journals are headed from Los Angeles to the Universidade Federal de Saõ Paolo. More»

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Art History Is for Kids!

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Arrr, Holden!

Young (but savvy) pirate explorers conquer the Connecting Seas exhibition, offering some telling observations. More»

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Four Minds on Herzog: A Conversation with Glenn Phillips

Glenn Phillips in Werner Herzog's Hearsay of the Soul
Curator Glenn Phillips, photographed inside Werner Herzog’s installation Hearsay of the Soul

“You’re only rewarded by any encounter with an artwork if you get something out of it.” How to approach Werner Herzog. More»

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      This milky pink boomed into popularity because of a marketing ploy, a mistress, and its ambiguous origins.

      In an effort to compete with the renowned Meissen porcelain factory, the French Sèvres manufactory recruited the glamorous Madame de Pompadour (mistress to King Louis XV). Like a smart sponsorship deal, Sèvres gave her all the porcelain she requested. 

      Introduced in 1757, this rich pink exploded on the scene thanks to favoritism by Madame Pompadour herself. 

      The glaze itself had a weird history. To the Europeans it looked Chinese, and to the Chinese it was European. It was made based on a secret 17th-century glassmaker’s technique, involving mixing glass with flecks of gold.

      For more on colors and their often surprising histories, check out The Brilliant History of Color in Art.

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