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Backflipping Robot Is A Giant Leap For Robot Kind

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 16:39:00 -0500

As it jumps, twists and lands a full backflip, Boston Dynamics' Atlas robot takes another step toward full functionality in a world designed for humans.

Sale Of $450 Million Da Vinci Painting Serves As A Triumph Of Marketing

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 16:51:00 -0500

An art world record was set Wednesday night at Christie's auction house in New York, when a painting credited to Leonardo Da Vinci sold for $450 million to an unknown bidder. Art critic Blake Gopnik says that number is in some ways the least interesting part of this story.

Leonardo Da Vinci Portrait Of Christ Sells For Record-Shattering $450 Million

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 01:17:00 -0500

The sale at Christie's of Salvator Mundi, which dates from around 1500, easily tops previous records set in 2015 for a Picasso sold at auction and a Willem de Kooning sold privately.

80-Year-Old Mystery Cracked As Final Missing Piece Of Magritte Painting Found

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 16:28:57 -0500

The fourth and final portion of a painting cut up in 1932 was revealed in Belgium underneath another work by the surrealist artist.

New Exhibit Shows Off Special Effects Pioneer Ray Harryhausen's Lasting Works

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 17:51:44 -0500

A new exhibition in Oklahoma City presents the work of pioneering stop-motion animator Ray Harryhausen. In an age of CGI and 3-D animation, his work still influences and delights.

Robert Reich Shows Off His Cartooning Skills In 'Economics In Wonderland'

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 07:00:21 -0500

"Economic concepts don't readily lend themselves to cartoons," says the former secretary of Labor, a talented cartoonist who's put a lot of thought into drawing abstract ideas like tax expenditures.

Why A Thumb-Sized Stone Is Important To Ancient Greek Art History

Sat, 11 Nov 2017 08:07:01 -0500

A miniature masterpiece carved on an ancient seal stone is changing ideas about art history. Jack Davis helped discover the Pylos Combat Agate in Greece and tells Scott Simon why it's so important.

Spectacular Light Show At Notre Dame Cathedral Commemorates World War I

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 20:09:48 -0500

A stunning display of color and technology illuminates the medieval cathedral's facade and tells a story about history, war and survival.

Magda Sayeg: What's The Emotional Power Behind "Yarn Bombing"?

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 09:19:39 -0500

From door handles to double-decker buses, Magda Sayeg "yarn bombs" inanimate objects by wrapping them in handmade knitting. She wants her bright, fuzzy artwork to make the world a little friendlier.

The Grasshopper In The Van Gogh

Wed, 08 Nov 2017 17:25:00 -0500

When museum conservators examined Vincent Van Gogh's Olive Trees, they found something curious stuck in its paint: a grasshopper. Could it be just some weird leftover — or a crucial clue?

Dutch Artists Painted Their Patriotism With Pearls And ... Parrots?

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 16:54:00 -0500

In the 1600s, after decades of war, the Netherlands was thriving. Artists like Johannes Vermeer celebrated the nation's wealth with images of fine clothing, glimmering pearls and imported parrots.

Photographer Pete Souza Reflects On 8 Years (And 1.9 Million Photos) Of Obama

Tue, 07 Nov 2017 13:05:00 -0500

As the chief official White House photographer for President Obama, Souza sometimes shot more than 2,000 photos a day. "I was there all the time," he says. His new book is Obama: An Intimate Portrait.

How Should We Build And Design Cities To Make It Tougher For Terrorists To Hurt People?

Thu, 02 Nov 2017 16:07:00 -0400

This week's terror attack in Manhattan prompts a question: Can a city do anything to stop a truck attack? NPR's Mary Louise Kelly speaks with architect Thomas Vonier about how we can better design big cities to make it harder for terrorists to harm people.

The Architecture Behind The Quintessential Haunted House

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 16:44:00 -0400

NPR's Ari Shapiro speaks with Mary Jo Bowling from Curbed on why Victorian architecture came to be associated with everything spooky and scary.

'We Don't Want To Mess You Up For Life': How A Pro Makes Haunted Houses

Sat, 28 Oct 2017 08:09:25 -0400

Leonard Pickel, a haunted house architect, has been designing fear factories for more than 40 years.