Category Archives: Arts

Lost Leonardo da Vinci Mural Behind False Wall?

Lost Leonardo da Vinci Mural Behind False Wall?

By poking high-tech instruments through the wall of one priceless 16th-century mural in Italy, researchers announced Monday that they think they’ve located the first “encouraging” evidence that a second masterpiece—this one a lost Leonardo da Vinci—is hidden beneath.

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“Mystery of a Masterpiece”

Last week, I finally got around to watching an episode of NOVA that I recorded when it aired on January 25:  “Mystery of a Masterpiece.”  The story is amazing.  It traces efforts to prove that a newly (re)discovered drawing was done by Leonardo Da Vinci.

The video can also be seen here on the PBS website.

Martin Kemp, one of the scholars investigating the painting has written a book about the investigation:  Bella Principessa.  The owner of the painting, Peter Silverman, has also written a book:  Leonardo’s Lost Princess: One Man’s Quest to Authenticate an Unknown Portrait by Leonardo Da Vinci.

Video: “‘A Princess to a Dragon'”

Video: “‘A Princess to a Dragon‘”

I created this video of me reading my sonnet with Screencast-O-Matic, which I want to use to create screencasts for my classes.  I’ve tried using Jing before, but I couldn’t convert the file to upload to YouTube, though it works well for screenshots.  I also downloaded CamStudio to try, but it seems pretty complicated.

“Musical Minds”

Last night I ran across an episode of NOVA on PBS titled “Musical Minds” (website).  Oliver Sacks, neuroscientist, accomplished musician, and author of Awakenings (which was made into a movie with Robert De Niro and Robin Williams) and Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain, played a prominent role in the documentary.

Video: “Anonymous [Official HD] Movie Trailer”

Video:  “Anonymous [Official HD] Movie Trailer

Anonymous is scheduled to be released on Sept. 30 in the U.S.  According to  The, the movie “makes a case for the controversial theory that the 17th Earl of Oxford wrote Shakespeare’s works.”

Video: “NOVA: Secrets of the Parthenon”

Video:  “NOVA: Secrets of the Parthenon

Discovering Neighborhood Art in Wheat Ridge

Milly Nadler of the Wheat Ridge Cultural Commission, of which I’m also a member, has put together a directory of neighborhood art in the city.