Radio Praha: National Gallery’s App Reveals Hidden Medieval Secrets

Radio Praha: National Gallery’s App Reveals Hidden Medieval Secrets. “The National Gallery in Prague has launched its first mobile application, called Hidden Secrets of Medieval Paintings. It offers visitors an interactive viewing of selected panel paintings, which are on display in the Convent of St. Agnes of Bohemia, and uncovers some interesting facts about their origin as well as some secrets hidden under the top layer.”

State of the art: Museum takes hi-tech look at Vermeer (Phys .org)

Phys.org: State of the art: Museum takes hi-tech look at Vermeer . “This really is state of the art research. Experts at the Mauritshuis museum in The Hague are using the latest technology to take a long, hard look at one of their most prized paintings, Johannes Vermeer’s “Girl with a Pearl Earring,” and they are inviting the public in to watch. For two weeks starting Monday, experts are pointing a battery of high-tech machines at the 17th-century masterpiece of a young woman whose enigmatic gaze has earned her the nickname of the Dutch Mona Lisa.”

Amit Agarwal: How to Make Pixel Paintings with Google Spreadsheets

Useful for a given value of useful, but hey, weekend! From Amit Agarwal, who has just been fire this week: How to Make Pixel Paintings with Google Spreadsheets. “If you would like to create your own spreadsheet art but don’t have the time to carefully paint every cell manually, here’s a simple workaround for you. You can take any photograph, vector art, or any other image and use a Google Script to convert that bitmap image into spreadsheet art.”

New York Times: In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over

New York Times: In Picasso’s Blue Period, Scanners Find Secrets He Painted Over. “Bits of color were peeking out through cracks in the dark shades of ‘La Miséreuse accroupie,’ a 1902 painting by a young Pablo Picasso during his ‘Blue Period.’ That was not surprising. X-ray images taken a quarter- century ago had shown that Picasso had painted this work, known in English as ‘The Crouching Woman,’ over another artist’s landscape.”

Hyperallergic: Zoom Through European Art History in An Endless Vortex of Paintings

Hyperallergic: Zoom Through European Art History in An Endless Vortex of Paintings. “Take a wondrous and slightly nauseating journey through western art history in a new video by Alexander Mordvintsev, which uses machine learning to create an endless vortex of paintings that zoom into one another. A software engineer at Google, Mordvintsev created DeepDream, a computer vision program that uses neural networks to interpret and generate new, often creepy images.”

Phys.org: Scientists pioneer new way to analyze ancient artwork

Phys.org: Scientists pioneer new way to analyze ancient artwork . “Scientists from UCLA and the National Gallery of Art have used a combination of three advanced imaging techniques to produce a highly detailed analysis of a second century Egyptian painting. They are the first to use the specific combination—which they termed “macroscale multimodal chemical imaging”—to examine an ancient work of art. The new technique enabled them to learn about the raw materials the artist used, and the order in which they were applied to the painting, and it uncovered insights about the painting’s connections to other work from the same era.”

Hyperallergic: Explore the Color Code of a 19th-Century Artist Who Painted Nature

Hyperallergic: Explore the Color Code of a 19th-Century Artist Who Painted Nature. “After Austrian artist Ferdinand Bauer visited the Australian coastline in the early 1800s, it took him up to a decade to complete his watercolors based on his on-site sketches. Yet the colors are just as precise as if he was witnessing the living animals and plants, thanks to an extensive color code Bauer created. Involving up to 1,000 hues, the code was used to exactly label colors on his small sketches, which are now an invaluable record of Australian flora and fauna.”