Wormholes reveal what was destroying art 500 years ago

Wormholes — made by actual worms in wood, not gravitational forces in space — are a key to the past. These holes are where beetles lay their young, in trees, furniture, and even great works of art.. And now scientists say the wormholes in ancient paintings reveal the movements of insect species hundreds of years ago. » 11/23/12 8:30am 11/23/12 8:30am

Behold, the divine baby walker of Jesus Christ

Here's a new relic for all you amateur Indiana Joneses to instigate Nepalese bar brawls over. Explains the University of California of this odd 1440 tableau, it's "from the Book of Hours of Catherine of Clèves, containing the prayers and litanies of the Mass in Latin, decorated with 157 lavishly colored and gilded… » 10/23/12 3:05pm 10/23/12 3:05pm

The statue of George Washington deemed too risqué for Capitol Hill

If you've been to the National Museum of American History in Washington, DC, then you may have seen "Enthroned Washington," the statue Horatio Greenough sculpted in honor of the centennial of George Washington. The statue was originally destined for the US Capitol rotunda, but many were offended by the idea of a… » 10/21/12 8:00am 10/21/12 8:00am

"Ruined Spanish Fresco Monkey Jesus" is 2012's hot Halloween costume

You may remember how an eighty-year-old Spanish woman lovingly trashed the fresco Ecce Homo in a failed art restoration attempt. Reddit user Spinjump took inspiration from this "very hairy monkey in an ill-fitting tunic" and recently debuted this gold-star costume at Anime Weekend Atlanta. We anticipate a veritable … » 10/03/12 9:10am 10/03/12 9:10am

An incredibly surreal photo of the real-life goths from American Gothic

Here's a photograph seemingly plucked from The Twilight Zone. Chances are you're familiar with artist Grant Wood's iconic 1930 painting American Gothic, but you may not know that Wood recruited his sister and his dentist to pose for this slice of unsmiling Americana. And in 1942, the dour duo of goths reunited for the… » 7/09/12 3:30pm 7/09/12 3:30pm

10 Deranged Costume Designs From The 1600s That Put Lady Gaga To Shame

If you think dressing up like a giant slab of filet mignon is a modern contrivance, think again. Throughout his career in the 1600s, Parisian artist Nicolas de Larmessin II drew dozens of jovially wackadoodle caricatures of people flamboyantly garbed as their professions. How flamboyant? Two words: seafood suit. » 6/20/12 10:55am 6/20/12 10:55am

Everything you need to know about butts, farts, and Japanese water imps

Of all the ways to die, the most ignominious demise is having a kappa — or a Japanese demon — pull a magical orb out of one's asshole. You can repel the beasts with a burst of powerful flatulence, but you must be certain that your fragrant blast is muscular enough to bowl them over like ninepins. » 6/07/12 2:25pm 6/07/12 2:25pm

Artist photoshops the curves off of art history's goddesses

What if the portraits of the Old Masters were painted in the twenty-first century? According to designer Anna Utopia Giordano, the Venuses of works like Botticelli's Nascita di Venere would be subjected to the same stringent morphological standards of today's supermodels and starlets. Here are some postcards from this… » 4/13/12 2:55pm 4/13/12 2:55pm

The Raccoon Scrotum Monster, and Other Awful Creatures from 1800s…

This should appeal to those of you who were tickled by those magnificent Edo-era He-Gassen scrolls, which put the art in "fart." Throughout the early 1800s, celebrated Japanese artist Utagawa Kuniyoshi (1798-1861) painted hundreds of gorgeous scenes, including those of landscapes, samurai, and beautiful women. » 3/12/12 8:50am 3/12/12 8:50am