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Masterpiece made from Rubik's cubes could fetch $166,000 at auction

An artist's interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" -- fashioned out of hundreds of Rubik's cubes -- is expected to go under the hammer at a Paris auction later this month.
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'Mona Lisa' made from Rubik's cubes could sell for $166,000

An artist's interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" -- fashioned out of hundreds of Rubik's cubes -- is expected to go under the hammer at a Paris auction later this month.
Tags: News, Paris, Stories, Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci


Overwhelmed and underwater, Venice fights for survival

An artist's interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" -- fashioned out of hundreds of Rubik's cubes -- is expected to reach up to $166,000 when it goes under the hammer at a Paris auction later this month.
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Invader's "Rubik Mona Lisa," made from hundreds of Rubik's Cubes, expected to get $166,000 at auction

"Rubik Mona Lisa" (2005) by legendary French street artist Invader, is expected to sell for around $166,000 at a forthcoming auction. Made from more than 300 Rubik's Cubes, it's the centerpiece of Artcurial's "Urban Art" sale taking place on February 23. Invader first experimented with what he calls Rubikcubism in 2004 and has since created many other works including iconic videogame characters and representations of classical paintings by Alain Jacquet and Gustave Courbet. Invader writes: ...
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'Mona Lisa' made up of 330 Rubik's cubes could sell for $166,000 at auction

An artist's interpretation of Leonardo da Vinci's "Mona Lisa" -- fashioned out of hundreds of Rubik's cubes -- is expected to fetch up to $166,000 when it goes under the hammer at a Paris auction later this month.
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Directing News: Jodie Foster Will Direct a Movie About Stealing the Mona Lisa; Ron Howard to Direct a Movie About Killing Fidel Castro

Two filmmakers have just lined-up some new projects for themselves. Jodie Foster, who hasn’t directed a movie since 2016’s Money Monster (remember that?), is set to make a film based on the Seymour Reit book The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa. Meanwhile, Ron Howard already has a new project in the works as well. He’s going to helm The Fixer, about a disgraced FBI agent who teams up with the mob and the CIA to kill Fidel Castro. The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa In 1911, Vincenzo Peruggia, an ...
Tags: Movies, Drama, Fbi, Chicago, Netflix, Cia, Fidel Castro, Ron-Howard, True Story, Louvre, Mona Lisa, Jodie-Foster, Foster, Howard, Soros, Bill Wheeler


Jodie Foster to Direct Drama Based On 1911 Mona Lisa Theft

Jodie Foster to Direct Drama Based On 1911 Mona Lisa Theft According to Deadline, Academy Award-winner Jodie Foster has signed up to direct a yet-to-be-titled film based on the Seymour Reit book “The Day They Stole the Mona Lisa,” which details the theft of the famed Mona Lisa portrait. Los Angeles Media Fund will finance the film. RELATED: Man from Toronto: Kevin Hart, Jason Statham in Talks for Action Comedy “This happened in 1911, and it was the thing that made the Mona Lisa so famous,” L...
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Mona Lisa for $60K? The curious market for Old Masters replicas

Famous paintings were regularly copied by artists' followers and students -- often at the request of the masters themselves. And with prices as low as $10,000 for a quality replica, Sotheby's is hoping to attract a new breed of collector.
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Daybreak Series Cancelled After One Season at Netflix

Daybreak series cancelled after one season at Netflix After less than two months since Daybreak had debuted last October, co-creator Aron Coleite took to Twitter to announce that Netflix has officially decided not to give the post-apocalyptic dramedy series a second season renewal. In his statement, he also expressed how grateful he is to the people who have watched and supported the series. Check out his full statement below! I don’t even know how to say this, so we prepared a small stateme...
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The Annual Reese Family Christmas Letter - 2019

Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas from the Reese family! I’m sorry to report that we weren’t able to achieve our goal of teaching our dogs to bark the notes of The Twelve Days of Christmas. I had this vision of how awesome it would be for the UPS guy to ring the doorbell and have our poodle and Great Dane serenade them with a Christmas song. Maybe next year. Here’s a little rundown of 2019 at the Reese household: Kylee is a sophomore at Hurricane High. I don’t know what kind of ti...
Tags: Google, Utah, Monument Valley, Sport, UPS, Paul Mccartney, Mormon church, Happy Holidays, Jackson, Jack, Costa Rica, Mel, Vegas, Mona Lisa, Aerosmith, Hgtv


Art Therapy: A Crash Course

Many adults shy away from artistic activities because they believe themselves to be lacking in this skillset. While you may not be able to duplicate The Starry Night, I believe Van Gogh himself would agree that anyone could benefit from artistic expression and exploration.  Art Therapy is widely used as a tool for expression and also exploration in therapeutic environments. It has the ability to provide opportunity for reflection that can be very revealing or make way for conversations that a...
Tags: Psychology, Treatment, Creativity, Van Gogh, Mona Lisa, Art Therapty, Creative Expression


Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass, the Louvre’s first Virtual Reality project

An incredible 80 percent of the Louvre’s 10 million yearly visitors find their way to the Salle des États to catch a glimpse of the Mona Lisa. It’s so popular that it wasn’t included in the ongoing Leonardo da Vinci exhibition, for fear that the bustle to the painting would make it “practically unvisitable.” The curators used the opportunity to put together the museum’s first-ever virtual reality project, offering visitors a seven-minute experience of a work titled Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass....
Tags: France, Louvre, Mona Lisa, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci, Patrick Tanguay, Franck Riester, Salle des États, Lisa del Giocondo


Encyclopedia Brown and the Problem with the Mona Lisa

Ok, this post doesn’t have anything to do with boy detective Encyclopedia Brown…I just needed him for the title. In the NY Times, art critic Jason Farago argues that in order to improve the visitor experience at the Louvre, the Mona Lisa and her smile have got to go. Yet the Louvre is being held hostage by the Kim Kardashian of 16th-century Italian portraiture: the handsome but only moderately interesting Lisa Gherardini, better known (after her husband) as La Gioconda, whose renown so eclipses...
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Weekend Reads

Thanksgiving is (kinda) just around the corner and you can check out this round-up of Thanksgiving Recipes here on the blog. Rather than getting all stressed out, though, maybe think of making less…and having more fun. As a French friend once told me, “We don’t go out to eat for the food. We go out to be with our friends.” Another friend in Paris told me that when she entertains, she serves only three things, which may not pan out for T-day spreads; I can skip the marshmallow-topped sweet potat...
Tags: Coffee, Food, Thanksgiving, France, Uncategorized, San Francisco, Turkey, Jura, Gare du Nord, Paris, Cafe, Burrito, Mona Lisa, Negroni, Butcher, Comte


Museum DAH Busan Korea Largest Digital Art Museum

Museum DAH Busan Korea Largest Digital Art Museum Experience 360 degrees digital animation experience We visited Busan for the first time last week and one of the best places we visited is the Korea’s largest digital art museum, Museum DAH. Museum DAH is located at Centum City commercial district, Haeundae Busan. Museum DAH Busan Museum DAH is currently hosting the “Maximalia” Exhibition from now until 16 February 2020. You can easily spot the museum with the colourful decora...
Tags: Travel, Porsche, Korea, Busan, Headline, Mona Lisa, Busan South Korea, Team Lab, Centum City, Min Kim, South Korea - Busan, Busan Korea Largest Digital Art Museum, Museum DAH Museum DAH, Haeundae Busan Museum DAH Busan Museum DAH, Sho Jang, Museum DAH


The Louvre + HTC VIVE Arts Render the Mona Lisa in 3D

Incorporating infrared, x-ray and refractive data, HTC VIVE Arts has transformed the Mona Lisa into a 3D figure set inside a dedicated virtual reality experience at the Louvre. Entitled “Mona Lisa: Beyond the Glass,” the immersive artwork attempts to show what the iconic, mysterious figure would look like in motion—and also give participants time to see the details of the painting without the clamor of …
Tags: Design, Exhibits, Tech, Paris, Vr, Htc, Virtual Reality, Htc Vive, The Louvre, Mona Lisa, Linkaboutit, Leonardo da Vinci, Viveport


The painter behind 'Africa's Mona Lisa'

Ben Enwonwu, the painter behind "Africa's Mona Lisa", had a complex relationship with the UK.
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Ben Enwonwu: The Nigerian painter behind 'Africa's Mona Lisa'

Ben Enwonwu, the painter behind "Africa's Mona Lisa", had a complex relationship with the UK.
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The mystery of the 'earlier Mona Lisa'

A London family is battling an international consortium over a potentially priceless painting.
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Mona Lisa Returns To Its Regular Refurbished Gallery

The Louvre attracts 10.2 million people a year with about 80 per cent believed to come just to see the Mona Lisa. In July, officials had to restrict access for three days because of the chaos caused by the queues. – The Telegraph (UK)
Tags: Art, Mona Lisa, Visual, 10.08.19


Teenagers Take Over The World In Netflix’s Daybreak Trailer

Teenagers take over the world in Netflix’s Daybreak trailer Netflix has released the official trailer for their post-apocalyptic dramedy series Daybreak, featuring teenagers taking over the world while all the adults turn into zombies. Starring Colin Ford (We Bought a Zoo) and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Broderick, the series will make its debut on October 24. Check out the video below! RELATED: Living With Yourself Trailer: Paul Rudd is Seeing Double in Netflix Comedy Series ...
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Ticket Tips for Versailles, the Louvre, and the Eiffel Tower

If you’re coming to Paris this summer or fall, here are some things to make sure you know before visiting three of the most popular sites. Versailles If you visit Versailles with a museum pass, it does NOT include access to the gardens on the days of the Musical Fountains Show (weekends through October 27th) or the Musical Gardens (Tuesday and Fridays through October 29th). Anyone over the age of 5 will need to purchase garden tickets, and I recommend you do this in advance on the officia...
Tags: Travel, David, Paris, Eiffel Tower, Louvre, Mona Lisa, Versailles, Apollo Gallery, Girodet Titien, Cana Napol


This Animated Mona Lisa Was Created by AI, and It Is Terrifying

The enigmatic, painted smile of the "Mona Lisa" is known around the world, but that famous face recently displayed a startling new range of expressions, courtesy of artificial intelligence (AI).In a video shared to YouTube on May 21, three video clips show disconcerting examples of the Mona Lisa as she moves her lips and turns her head. She was created by a convolutional neural network -- a type of AI that processes information much as a human brain does, to analyze and process images.Researcher...
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‘Short of imagination’: Germaine Greer scorns Leonardo da Vinci’s art

The prolific author says the Mona Lisa looks ‘half-dead’ while speaking at Hay festivalLeonardo da Vinci, the incomparable Renaissance master? Actually, he was rather sloppy, disappointing and derivative.His greatest work, the most popular painting in the world? “The bloody Mona Lisa … this half-dead woman, this strange green-faced female.” Continue reading...
Tags: Art, Books, Wales, Painting, UK News, Culture, Art and design, Festivals, Germaine Greer, Hay Festival, Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci


An Interview on LA PASSIONE in English--and Italian

by Catherine Accardi L’Italo-Americano had the opportunity to speak with Dianne Hales about her book and her “Italian-ness” at the presentation of LA PASSIONE: How Italy Seduced the World at the Italian Cultural Institute in San Francisco. (These articles originally appeared in L’Italo-Americano; the following is an excerpt.) What was your inspiration for LA PASSIONE?  Is it a companion to, or does it differ from, the message of your prior books, LA BELLA LINGUA and MONA LISA: A Life Discovered...
Tags: Travel, San Francisco, Italy, Florence, Parma, Mona Lisa, Sono, Leonardo, Hai, Florentines, Cultural Institute, Dianne Hales, LA BELLA LINGUA, La Passione, Luigi Barzini, Catherine Accardi L'Italo Americano


The Mona Lisa was brought to life in vivid detail by deepfake AI researchers at Samsung

Samsung AI researchers have found a way to apply so-called "deepfake" technology to classic portraits, bringing them to life. Normally to make deepfake videos you need lots of data, ideally using clips of video. The researchers developed a way of using as few still images as possible to generate convincing video. Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories. AI researchers at Samsung have developed a way to animate classic portraits, bringing them to life. In a new paper, researchers fr...
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Mona Lisa 'brought to life' with deepfake AI

Samsung makes a moving Mona Lisa from a single photo using AI technology.
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Deepfakes Can Now Be Made From a Single Photo

Samsung has developed a new artificial intelligence system for creating deepfakes -- fabricated clips that make people appear to do or say things they never did -- that only needs as little as one photo. CNET reports: The technology, of course, can be used for fun, like bringing a classic portrait to life. The Mona Lisa, whose enigmatic smile is animated in three different videos to demonstrate the new technology, exists solely as a single still image. A Samsung artificial intelligence lab in Ru...
Tags: New York, Russia, Samsung, Tech, University, Dartmouth, Marilyn Monroe, Albany, Cnet, Mona Lisa, Facebook Read, Hany Farid, Siwei Lyu


Mona Lisa frown: Machine learning brings old paintings and photos to life

Machine learning researchers have produced a system that can recreate lifelike motion from just a single frame of a person’s face, opening up the possibility of animating not just photos but also of paintings. It’s not perfect, but when it works, it is — like much AI work these days — eerie and fascinating. The model is documented in a paper published by Samsung AI Center, which you can read it here on Arxiv. It’s a new method of applying facial landmarks on a source face — any talking head will...
Tags: Science, Samsung, Tech, Artificial Intelligence, Marilyn Monroe, Moscow, Machine Learning, Berkeley, Facial Recognition, Einstein, Mona Lisa, Deepfakes, Samsung AI Center


Why you should visit Milan even if you aren’t into fashion

Milan is synonymous with Italian fashion and design. Its Fashion Week is on any style aficionado’s calendar, its Galleria Vittorio Emanuele II is the oldest shopping arcade in Italy, and its designer shops are revered as historic monuments. But Milan offers far more than spending opportunities. It’s home to one of the most iconic artworks in the world, its signature dish is flavored with gold, and its bars hark back to the glamorous 1940s. Here are nine reasons to visit Milan if your budget d...
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