Archaeologists unearthed an 8,000-year-old figurine in Turkey, one of a rare few that have been found in one piece.
Photo by Jason Quinlan.
A French family found a long-lost Caravaggio in their attic.
Installation view of Third dialogue, “Caravaggio. A question of Attribution.” Image courtesy of Pinacoteca di Brera.
A doctor’s note revealed precisely how much of his own ear Vincent van Gogh lopped off.
China’s iconic Terracotta Army may have been influenced by the art of Ancient Greece.
© CEphoto, Uwe Aranas. Photo via Wikimedia Commons.
Researchers attributed a painting in Missouri to Hieronymus Bosch, bringing the total number of recognized works by the Dutch master to 26.
This year marked the 500th anniversary of told the New York Times. “It’s like your child who just won the Nobel Prize.”
A missing Albrecht Dürer engraving turned up at a French flea market.
Albrecht Dürer, Mary crowned by an angel, 1520, copperplate engraving. Staatsgalerie Stuttgart, Graphische Sammlung.
X-ray technology revealed paintings by René Magritte and Edgar Degas beneath two existing canvases.
Curator of Historic Art at Norwich Castle Giorgia Bottinelli (left) and conservator Alice Tavares da Silva examine Magritte’s La Condition Humaine. © Norfolk Museums Service.
Radar scans indicated that new rooms may be hidden behind the walls of King Tut’s tomb.
The search for the rooms began in July 2015 when Egyptologist Nicholas Reeves suggested that anomalies in his replica of the tomb were in fact “ghost” doorways—entryways that had been sealed and covered before Egyptian King Tutankhamun was buried. Reeves hypothesized that the additional rooms could contain the tomb of Queen Nefertiti, whose final resting place has never been found. The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities allowed Japanese radar specialist Hirokatsu Watanabe to scan the Luxor structure in November 2015, and finally announced his findings this spring. Heralded as “the discovery of the century,” Watanabe’s analysis indicated two concealed chambers in the pharaoh’s tomb, likely containing preserved grave goods. Following this announcement, a second team of radar technicians organized by National Geographic conducted their own scans. Their data directly contradicted Watanabe’s, turning up no evidence of hidden rooms and sparking intense controversy among Egyptologists the world over. Conclusive answers will have to wait until the Ministry approves another scan of the tomb.
A Paris auction house identified a previously unknown drawing by Leonardo da Vinci—the first such discovery in 16 years.
Leonardo Da Vinci, Study for a San Sebastian in a landscape. Image courtesy of Tajan.
Archeologists uncovered a cache of Paleolithic-era cave paintings in Spain, some of which could be 14,000 years old.
Photo courtesy of Bizkaia.