$alvator Mundi

Even if money’s nothing but an abstract concept, $450.3 million is a whole lot of conceptual smackeroos. Even if that figure includes a buyer’s premium, $450.3 million is a nearly unfathomable sum to fork over for single work of art at auction. Even if that work of art is a legit da Vinci painting… The art world…

A Page from Leonardo's Lost Notebook

In November of this year, the English language Italian news website The Local reported that during the excavation of the aristocratic Giunigi family plot in Lucca, Italy, the oldest known set of dentures was unearthed: This apparatus is believed to have been fashioned for some lucky mouth sometime between 1400-1700, when it was common practice to extract ever-useful…

Us, Animals and Art History; Chapter 3: Da Vinci's Renaissance

Artistic expression has been present roughly since the first physically-modern men wandered the earth, and will likely never disappear from human cultural practices. Across all eras and continents, artists have used painting, sculpting and myriad other techniques to produce representations of generic daily life, broad zeitgeists and internal emotions or curiosities. Whether rendered with lifelike accuracy…