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2008-10-01 15:00:00

By Michael Tumelty THE Tumelty twins, Adam and Andrew, now four months from their fifth birthday, have been exposed to music since the day they came home from hospital. Not a note of it has been formally delivered. It's simply been there, ubiquitous, in the house. They know a phenomenal amount, though they don't realise it, and all of it by exposure and osmosis. They are sponges. Nor is it exclusively classical: their perfectly syncopated duetting with Bix Beiderbecke and Louis Armstrong...

2008-08-18 00:00:18

By Tom Avril The Philadelphia Inquirer PHILADELPHIA - The painting of the lean-faced, bearded man with the penetrating stare is unmistakably a self-portrait by Vincent van Gogh. An art historian can tell by looking at the riot of bold, colorful brushstrokes. Researchers at Pennsylvania State and Princeton Universities, however, use an analytical tool that surely the troubled Dutch master never imagined: the computer. Their method is far from foolproof, but the two teams, along with a...

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2008-07-31 09:45:00

A new technique allows pictures which were later painted over to be revealed once more. An international research team, including members from Delft University of Technology (The Netherlands) and the University of Antwerp (Belgium), has successfully applied this technique for the first time to the painting entitled Patch of Grass by Vincent van Gogh. Behind this painting is a portrait of a woman. It is well-known that Vincent van Gogh often painted over his older works. Experts estimate that...

2008-07-30 18:00:06

European scientists reportedly have used new technology to reconstruct a portrait of a peasant woman Vincent Van Gogh painted then covered with another work. The Los Angeles Times said scientists used synchrotron X-rays from a particle accelerator to determine what the original painting looked like before Van Gogh covered it up with his landscape Patch of Grass 2 1/2 years later in 1887. The Times said the image resembles a series of portraits Van Gogh created in Nuenen. The Dutch town is...

2008-07-09 18:00:35

A University of Granada study confirms the usefulness of art therapy to treat mental disease, Spanish researchers said. Elizaberta Lopez Perez said her study is based on psychoanalysis principles. Art therapy is based on the idea that visual representations, objectified through plastic material, contribute to the construction of a meaning of the psychic conflicts, and favor its resolution. Lopez Perez worked for more than one year with 20 acute mental patients from the Therapeutic...

2008-04-30 16:39:41

An analysis of century-old bottles of absinthe - the kind once quaffed by the likes of van Gogh and Picasso to enhance their creativity - may end the controversy over what ingredient caused the green liqueur's supposed mind-altering effects . The culprit seems plain and simple: The century-old absinthe contained about 70 percent alcohol, giving it a 140-proof kick. In comparison, most gins, vodkas and whiskeys are just 80- to 100-proof. In recent years, the psychedelic nature...

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2008-04-29 16:05:00

A new study may end the century-old controversy over what ingredient in absinthe caused the exotic green aperitif's supposed mind-altering effects and toxic side-effects when consumed to excess. In the most comprehensive analysis of old bottles of original absinthe "” once quaffed by the likes of van Gogh, Degas, Toulouse-Lautrec and Picasso to enhance their creativity "” a team of scientists from Europe and the United States have concluded the culprit was plain and simple:A high...

2007-11-18 00:00:00

Evidence of Vincent van Gogh's troubled mind can be seen in the genius's brush strokes. The proof is in the dark colors of "The Potato Eaters," the globs of paint on "Wheatfield with Reaper" and in his serene yet solemn image in "Self Portrait with Pipe and Bandaged Ear." It doesn't take an artist to see it. It takes a doctor. And Dr. Peter Whybrow is among the latest to diagnose one of the greatest artistic luminaries of the past 150 years. Whybrow, director of the Semel Institute for...

2006-07-09 05:07:37

By Ian MacKenzie EDINBURGH (Reuters) - When Scottish art dealer Alexander Reid returned from Paris with two paintings by Vincent van Gogh, his father berated him for bringing such "atrocities" home and sold them to a French dealer for five pounds ($9) each. It did not matter that the paintings, a portrait of Reid and a still life of a basket of apples, were in fact gifts to the young Scot, who had lived for several months in Paris with Vincent and his brother, Theo, in Montmartre in...

2006-04-27 09:45:30

By Christopher Michaud NEW YORK (Reuters) - Paintings by Picasso and van Gogh, whose works have set world price records, lead the annual spring art sales at New York auction houses Sotheby's and Christie's starting next Tuesday. The highlight of Sotheby's Impressionist and modern-art sale -- expected to generate overall sales of $142 million to $197.7 million -- is Picasso's "Dora Maar with Cat," a vibrant 1941 oil depicting the artist's mistress and muse seated in a chair with a...


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