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Making sense of art

I was going to put Brian Hoffman’s post Aniakchak Art – The Bone Face into a Vidi post. Instead I’m posting separately because: He’s got a really interesting problem, one faced by archaeologists across the world. He’s got some nice...

The Drawings on the Wall

The image is an example of the sort of shape they’re talking about. You can see it bigger at Flickr. Well yes that may be true, but it’s not just Palaeolithic men who’d want to venerate them. Slightly more seriously art is ambiguous. The Minoans are...

How Art Made The World – Revisited

While looking for something else I found this snippet from How Art Made the World. It deals with the exaggerated features of the Ice Age Venuses. Yes they’re unrealistic images of women, but why do they look unrealistic? The answer might be found in the actions...

Art in the eye of the Beholder?

It’s a deer. This is the most easily seen of the carvings. I went up to Creswell Crags on the bank holiday weekend to see the Ice Age art which had recently been discovered. As a trip I can highly recommend it. Even though it was a Bank Holiday weekend, there...

Anthology Cover: It wasn’t all me

I’ve seen a couple of comments on the cover, so to avoid taking credit for something I haven’t done: The base of the above image is by Emin Aykut Erdogan and is available from iStockPhoto. I spotted it while looking for an image suitable for the i-Science...