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Why Travelers Fall in Love with Italy

This article originally appeared in Click here to read the complete post. by Irene Levine Most travelers who visit Italy return changed in some way, either subtly embracing one or more aspects of Italian culture (perhaps, food or style) or more fundamentally, by re-thinking their approach to life. Dianne Hales’ just-released book, La Passione: How Italy Seduced the World (Crown Archetype, 2019), masterfully examines the multitude of reasons why so many people fall in love with Italy...
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Coachella 2019: These festival fans have been going since the beginning

They were there the first time Rage Against the Machine played, and they were there eight years later when the Los Angeles group reunited at the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in 2007. They saw Amy Winehouse, Arcade Fire and Childish Gambino long before they were household names. Now that Coachella has turned 20 — and is very different from the event that started at the Empire Polo Club in the fall of 1999 — we talked to some of the festival’s die-hard fans who keep coming back to the ...
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Pediatric endocrinologist gives iconic 'Mona Lisa' a second medical opinion

Michael Yafi, MD, refutes the most recent hypothesis that 'Lisa' had hypothyroidism and psychomotor retardation.
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How Italy Seduced the World

Italy has been seducing foreigners since its history began. Century after century, in peace and war, over perilous passes, stormy seas, and rutted roads, they have come—explorers, adventurers, traders, sailors, soldiers, writers, musicians, poets, painters, sculptors, penitents, pilgrims of every sort—to the promised land of their imagination. For a veritable Who’s Who of Western civilization, Italy served as the essential finishing school, a required destination for any person of refinement. ...
Tags: Travel, La, Boston, Singapore, US, Ferrari, Italy, Henry James, Mediterranean, Mona Lisa, Leonardo, La Repubblica, Robert Browning, Dianne Hales, Nikolai Gogol, Berlin Sydney

How George Harrison (Yes, The Beatle) Saved Monty Python’s ‘Life Of Brian’ — And Indie Filmmaking In Britain

Just as Life of Brian was about to start shooting, the chairman of EMI read the script and killed the project. So Eric Idle called Harrison, the richest person he knew — and thus was born HandMade Films, the independent studio that made such now-classics as The Long Good Friday, Time Bandits, Mona Lisa, and Withnail and I. Then an American mucked it all up. – The Guardian
Tags: Art, Media, George Harrison, Britain, Monty Python, Brian, Mona Lisa, Eric Idle, Harrison, EMI, 04.03.19

Airbnb Offers a One Night Stay at the Louvre

From an after-hours, art-historian guided tour to a night of sleep inside a scaled replica of IM Pei’s Pyramid—beneath the shimmering glass pyramid itself—Airbnb’s latest partnership celebrates the 30th anniversary of the iconic addition to the Louvre. One winner and their guest will be treated to this night at the museum experience—with the Mona Lisa as their host. Cocktails will commence with La Joconde. Dinner …
Tags: Travel, Design, Museums, Paris, Airbnb, Louvre, Mona Lisa, Linkaboutit, IM Pei, Airbnb Experiences

Humility & Honesty: How We Witness to the Perfection of Christ

As Our Lord was about to go to the Cross, He prayed to His Father in Heaven, “I glorified you on earth, having accomplished the work that you gave me to do” (see John 17:4). It might seem like an astonishing thing for anyone to say — and especially someone who defines the virtue of humility. But humility dispenses with modesty. A truly humble man who is six feet tall doesn’t, in a spirit of false modesty, say that he is only five foot eight. We take delight when our projects come out right becau...
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Is This Sculpture Truly A Leonardo?

Leonardo da Vinci died in 1519, and in the last 500 years, no three-dimensional works of art by him have come to light. “The 20 inch-tall sculpture, made of red clay, depicts the Virgin Mary, with an enigmatic smile similar to that of Mona Lisa, looking down at a smiling baby Jesus on her lap.” – NPR
Tags: Art, Jesus, Mona Lisa, Visual, Leonardo, Virgin Mary, Leonardo da Vinci, 03.09.19

Berlin’s Very Own Mona Lisa

Berlin can boast some impressive murals, and it’s no surprise that the newest addition to the bunch has drawn immediate attention. The huge version of Leonardo Da Vinci’s Mona Lisa is impossible to miss. She occupies the side wall of the East Side Hotel in Friedrichshain and presents an interesting contrast to the often abstract artworks from the East Side Gallery, which is just on the opposite side of the street. The Berlin art collective Die Dixons has previously been involved in noteworthy co...
Tags: Art, Europe, Fashion, Berlin, Graffiti, Mona Lisa, Mural, Streetart, Leonardo da Vinci, Dixons, East Side Gallery, Friedrichshain, Warschauer Straße, Alejandro Arretureta, Die Dixons, East Side Hotel

The best Little Italys in America

If you’re on the keto diet, don’t even bother reading this story. Because no human even hears the words “Little Italy” without smelling garlic, tasting red wine, and reflexively slipping into a carb-induced food coma. Typically, the Italian food in any neighborhood called “Little Italy” is worth the calories. You can certainly go to Little Italys in New York, Chicago, Philly, and San Francisco and be guaranteed a great meal, but Italian enclaves aren’t limited to huge cities, and the widespr...
Tags: Travel, New York, Milan, California, Boston, America, San Francisco, Italy, San Diego, Philadelphia, Santa, Cleveland, St Louis, Baltimore, Rhode Island, New England

Mona Lisa Had a Cleavage?

    A page in an eighteen-century book of an engraving of the Mona Lisa. History lessons then and now. I never noticed that the Mona Lisa had a cleavage as I do in this engraving. It strikes me funny that two people can look at the same thing and have two completely different impressions of it. The engraver back then seem to notice her cleavage more than her smile.       Why is the Mona Lisa so Famous via the "Louvre Museum and draws thousands of jostling spectators each day...
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How the Mona Lisa Went From Being Barely Known, to Suddenly the Most Famous Painting in the World (1911)

Is the Mona Lisa really “ten times better than every other painting”? No one seriously believes this, and how would anyone measure such a thing? There may be no such critical scale, but there is a popular one. The Louvre, where the famous Leonardo da Vinci—maybe the most famous painting of all time—hangs, says that 80 percent of its visitors come just to see the Mona Lisa. Her enigmatic smile adorns merchandise the world wide. Books, essays, documentaries, songs, coffee mugs—hers may be ...
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Free Noctural Entrance to the Louvre Every 1st Saturday

The Louvre Museum is already open evenings until 9:45pm every Wednesday and Friday, but now it's also open every first Saturday of the month FOR FREE from 6pm-9:45pm.  Meant to entice the locals to visit the museum again (or for the first time), the main two wings Denon and Sully are open to freely visit on your own, while the Richelieu wing is open for guided visits only (in French), which can be reserved on the Louvre's FB page a week before the first Saturday. These extra activities incl...
Tags: Travel, Sightseeing, Tickets, Louvre, Nightlife, Mona Lisa, Richelieu, Denon, Louvre Museum, Euro Savings, Free entrance

'Mona Lisa Effect' Is Real But Doesn't Apply To Leonardo's Painting

An anonymous reader quotes a report from Ars Technica: There have long been anecdotal reports that the eyes of the Mona Lisa -- Renaissance artist Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting -- sometimes seem to follow viewers as they move around the artwork. The phenomenon is even called the "Mona Lisa effect" because of it. But a new study published in the journal i-Perception found that she's really "looking" to the right-hand side of her audience. "There is no doubt about the existence of the M...
Tags: Ars Technica, Mona Lisa, Leonardo, Leonardo da Vinci

The Mona Lisa Does Not Have the 'Mona Lisa Effect,' Scientists Claim

The “Mona Lisa Effect” is a term used to describe the perception that the subject of an artwork’s eyes are following the viewer as they move. Scientists now say the actual Mona Lisa simply doesn’t have it.Read more...
Tags: Science, Mona Lisa, Perception Is Reality, Mona Lisa Effect

What We’re Reading: January 7-11

A 911 misdial, automatic beer ordering, lava and water and much more, compiled by Anne-Marie Siudzinski, Senior Library Information Specialist. Out of beer?  This fridge will reorder for you. gfpeck/flickr/2009 Ooops, he dialed the wrong number (from space). Super Blood Wolf Moon–Game of Thrones episode or astronomical event? Being bored is good for you, according to science. Tips for avoiding scams and scammers. When Lava met Water–boom! Was the world’s oldest woman a fraud?  Some think so. Mo...
Tags: Radio, Mona Lisa, What We're Reading, Anne Marie Siudzinski

The Magical Gaze of 'Mona Lisa' Is a Myth

It's common knowledge that the woman in Leonardo da Vinci's most famous painting seems to look back at observers, following them with her eyes no matter where they stand in the room. But this common knowledge, it turns out, is wrong. The eyes of the woman in the "Mona Lisa" don't follow viewers. A new study finds that the woman in the famed painting is actually looking out at an angle that's 15.4 degrees off to the observer's right -- well outside of the range that people n...
Tags: Science, Germany, Paris, Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, Louvre Museum, Bielefeld University, Horstmann, Gernot Horstmann, Sebastian Loth

When Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire Were Accused of Stealing the Mona Lisa (1911)

If you visit the Louvre today, you'll notice two phenomena in particular: the omnipresence of security, and the throng of visitors obscuring the Mona Lisa. If you'd visited just over a century ago, neither would have been the case. And if you happened to visit on August 22nd, 1911, you wouldn't have encountered Leonardo's famed portrait at all. That morning, writes Messy Nessy, "Parisian artist Louis Béroud, famous for painting and selling his copies of famous artworks, walked into the Louvre t...
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Researchers debunk myth about Mona Lisa's eyes

The famous moving gaze of the "Mona Lisa" has been challenged by researchers.
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Myth of Mona Lisa's magical gaze debunked

In science, the "Mona Lisa Effect" refers to the impression that the eyes of the person portrayed in an image seem to follow the viewer as they move in front of the picture. Two researchers from the Cluster of Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology (CITEC) at Bielefeld University demonstrate that, ironically enough, this effect does not occur with Leonardo da Vinci's world-famous painting "Mona Lisa" - debunking a scientific legend. The researchers are presenting the results of their study ...
Tags: Science, Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci, Bielefeld University, Excellence Cognitive Interaction Technology CITEC

Beyoncé and Jay-Z help Louvre museum break visitor record in 2018

More than 10m visited Paris museum, with interest boosted by music video filmed thereThe Louvre, the world’s most visited museum, broke all ticket office records last year with more than 10 million people viewing its Paris collection of fine arts and antiquities, boosted by foreign tourists and the interest in Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s music video filmed there.The 10.2 million people who came to the museum in 2018 marked a 25% rise in visitors, beating the previous record of 9.7 million visitors in 20...
Tags: Art, Europe, Music, New York, Beyonce, Jay-z, France, Painting, World news, Culture, Art and design, Heritage, Museums, Paris, Exhibitions, Louvre

James Bond and Oompa Loompas take slot players into different worlds at Southern California casinos

The chimes and clangs of slot machines greet all patrons on a casino floor, but it’s becoming more likely that they’ll hear some familiar pop culture references, too, whether it’s James Bond’s quippy one-liners or a chorus of Oompa Loompas dishing out sweets and bonuses. Pop culture slots are not new to the gaming world, but plenty of movies are getting new life not as Netflix reboots, but as high-tech slot machines with plenty of bells and whistles and video clips featured in the gameplay. The ...
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Does It Matter Whether Advice is Authentic?

For the last few years, I’ve been having an interest in Buddhist philosophy. The unique perspective on life often feels like it balances out some of the excesses of our achievement-driven self-improvement culture. Does that feeling change, however, if instead of being an ancient, Indian religion discovered by an ascetic named Gotama, it was instead came from Germany around 200 years ago? Or is mostly a repackaging of Western, Puritanical ideas? What if the person the religion is said to be based...
Tags: Germany, Jesus, Lifehacks, Mindset, Louvre, Mona Lisa, Buddhist, Mike, Gotama, Daoism

Art Plagiarism

This is the topic we are all interested in, but somehow can't know enough about it. What awoke our curiosity is how pop artists used Mona Lisa to create all these series of colorful pieces, yet that is not considered plagiarism. Up to which point can we use someone else's work as a reference for our own art piece and not be plagiators? Appropriation means borrowing, recycling, copying a piece of work to use it for a new creation. Appropriation as such has been a part of the tradition in visual a...
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New Video: Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz “Cocaine Fingertips”

Producer Apollo Brown and emcee Joell Ortiz released a joint project titled Mona Lisa two weeks back, which has been doing well on numerous streaming charts including No. 1 on Bandcamp’s bestseller list. Today, the duo is back with the first visual off the album for “Cocaine Fingertips.” ‘”Cocaine Fingertips’ called for a video as soon as it was recorded,” Brown tells HipHopDX. “It was completely visualized from the point the beat dropped. Joell went in super raw on this joint and gave you t...
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Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz – “Timberlan’d Up” Ft. Royce Da 5’9″

Apollo Brown & Joell Ortiz release the second single “Timberlan’d Up” featuring Royce Da 5’9″ off thier new collaborative project “Mona Lisa” set to drop on October 26th courtesy of Mello Music Group.
Tags: Jazz, Mona Lisa, Singles, Joell Ortiz, Royce Da 5'9

Traveling in the Age of Overtourism: 10 Ways Travelers Can Help

Accelerating tourism growth and the threat of overtourism are here to stay. This is our advice on how to travel better in the age of overtourism — tips and actions which will improve your travel experiences and also help to reduce pressure on the places you visit. Overtourism. This may mark your first encounter with the term describing how rapidly increasing tourist traffic in popular travel destinations immiserates both locals and travelers, but it won’t be your last. The look and feel of ...
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