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In his book The Moth Snowstorm, Michael McCarthy mentions research carried out in a hospital in the 1980s. Architecture professor Roger Ulrich studied the medical records of patients recovering from gallbladder surgery. “The ward where they came after their operations looked out on one side to an open space full…
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“Man is least himself”, Oscar Wilde wrote 125 years ago, “when he talks in his own person. Give him a mask and he will tell you the truth.” But what if the truth that the mask helps us realise is that there is nothing beneath our masks but more masks,…
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After days of political tumult in Westminster, a single image of calm suddenly emerged on Wednesday evening from the inner sanctum of royal authority: The Queen granting private audience to a genuflecting Theresa May, who has succeeded David Cameron as prime minister of the United Kingdom. Easily dismissed as nothing…
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Did you know that the world’s first Easter egg was created in 1979? No, not the kind that children hunt in gardens. (That tradition is ancient and dates back to early Christians in Mesopotamia.) I mean the type of hidden messages, or inside jokes, that computer programmers conceal inside their…
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Trust your gut. In art, as in life, thinking is overrated. These are the unexpected messages vibrating from the surface of a painting that has sparked considerable debate this week: a canvas salvaged from the damp rafters of a house near Toulouse in southwestern France. Sophisticated examinations are being carried…
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Петер Паул Рубенс (на нидерландски: Peter Paul Rubens, [petər 'pʌul 'rybə(n)s]) е фламандски художник от епохата на Барока, известен със своя екстравагантен стил, който подчертава и въплъщава подвижността, жизнеността, цвета и чувствеността както никой друг. Във времето на Контрареформацията той рисува множество олтари, портрети, пейзажи и исторически картини с митологични,…