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Skull Watch, c. 1640-1650

This spooky watch, which measures under two inches across, was made by Swiss watchmaker Isaac Penard (1619-1676). If I had one, I’d love for people to ask me for the time just so I could see their reactions when I pull it out. Link -via Anachronistic Exploration | Photo: Metropolitan Museum of Art

The Missing Links: Ketchup Goes Kaboom

The Man That Cues the Laughter Wally Feresten has been holding up cue cards for cast members and nervous guest hosts on Saturday Night Live for 22 years. * Bullfighting: In Pictures No matter if you’re of the opinion that bullfighting is barbaric or a beautiful art form, these startling pictures will probably solidify that opinion. Be [...]

How Images Were Manipulated Before Photoshop

The New York Metropolitan Museum of Art is hosting an exhibition made up of 200 photos which were altered or manipulated in some way between 1840 and 1900, well before the advent of digital image manipulation via programs like Photoshop. They should have called the exhibition Ye Olde Way To Shoppe A Photo! Link

16th Century Memento Mori Rosary

From the Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, here’s a 16th century memento mori rosary carved out of ivory featuring man on one side and skeleton on the other: Link [...]

Murder Mystery At The Met

Something dastardly is afoot in the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and it is up to the guests to figure out whodunit-by completing a scavenger hunt. A company called Watson Adventures has organized a fun yet cerebral murder mystery in the museum, where the detectives must solve the crime via clues linked to works of art [...]

Goya’s "The Third of May, 1808" Rendered in Staples

Tofi Stoler works extensively with staples as her medium. One of her recent works is a recreation of Francisco de Goya’s “The Third of May 1808″, which depicts a massacre of Spaniards by French troops during the Napoleonic Wars. It’s made entirely with staples and superglue. Link via Boing Boing | Goya image: Metropolitan Museum of [...]

Improv Everywhere: 17th Century Spanish King Offers Autographs in front of His Portrait

(Video Link) For their latest gag, the folks at Improv Everywhere invited King Philip IV of Spain (1605-1665) to stand before his portrait painted by Diego Velázquez. His Majesty offered free autographs to anyone at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York City who wanted one. Some people suspected that he was just an actor, [...]

Would This 16th Century Helmet Terrify a Jousting Opponent?

This embossed, etched, and gilded steel close helmet is attributed to German armourer Kolman Helmschmid. It currently resides in the collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, where there is a relevant essay on fashion in 16th century European armor. Helmets fitted with masklike visors were a popular German and Austrian fashion about 1510 to 1540. [...]

Incredible Astronomical Clocks

“QUANTUM SHOT” #591Link – article by M. Christian and A. Abrams Antique and Medieval Technology Blended With Art Many believe early man saw the universe as a living thing: each flash of lightning, every star in the sky, the rain that fell, the ground beneath their feet – everything around them was part of some huge, living [...]

Obama or Obamabot?

Barack Obama’s amazingly consistent smile from Eric Spiegelman on Vimeo. First, it was Paris Hilton and now, Barack Obama. Eric Spiegelman noticed that when President Obama hosted a reception at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, he held the exact same smile in every photograph: Ladies and gentlemen, your President is a robot. Or a wax sculpture. Maybe [...]