Monthly Archives: February 2018

Trompe-l’œil

A version of an oft-told ancient Greek story concerns a contest between two renowned painters. Zeuxis (born around 464 BC) produced a still life painting so convincing that birds flew down to peck at the painted grapes. A rival, Parrhasius, asked Zeuxis to judge one of his paintings that was behind a pair of tattered curtains in his study. Parrhasius asked Zeuxis to pull back the curtains, but when Zeuxis tried, he could not, as the curtains were included in Parrhasius’s painting—making Parrhasius the winner.

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Laura Bell

In 1887, Thistlethwayte accidentally shot himself (he habitually shot his revolver into the ceiling to summon his valet). Bell never remarried.

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Microbial Art

A technique called “bacteriography” involves selectively killing certain areas of a bacterial culture with radiation, in order to produce artistic patterns.

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Empire of Liberty

The Empire of Liberty is a theme developed first by Thomas Jefferson to identify the responsibility of the United States to spread freedom across the world.

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Fetus in Fetu

Fetus in fetu is a developmental abnormality in which a mass of tissue resembling a fetus forms inside the body.

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Book of Gates

The text implies that some people will pass through unharmed, but that others will suffer torment in a lake of fire.

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