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The Complex Geometry Of Islamic Design

In Islamic culture, geometric design is everywhere: you can find it in mosques, madrasas, palaces, and private homes. And despite the remarkable complexity of these designs, they can be created with just a compass to draw circles and a ruler to ma...

The Many Meanings Of Michelangelo's Statue Of David

We typically experience classic works of art in a museum, stripped of their original contexts, but that serene setting can belie a tumultuous history. Take Michelangelo's statue of David: devised as a religious symbol, adopted as a political emble...

A Brief History Of Religion In Art

Before we began putting art into museums, art mostly served as the visual counterpart to religious stories. Are these theological paintings, sculptures, textiles and illuminations from centuries ago still relevant to us? Jeremiah Dickey describes ...

Is There A Difference Between Art And Craft?

Was da Vinci an artistic genius? Sure, but he was also born in the right place at the right time pre-Renaissance, Western artists got little individual credit for their work. And in many non-Western cultures, traditional forms have always been pri...

Dissecting Botticelli’S Adoration Of The Magi

The scene of the three wise men offering gifts to a newborn Jesus was widely painted during the Renaissance era, so how did painter Sandro Botticelli create a version that's still well known today? James Earle describes who and what set Botticelli...

Gyotaku: The Ancient Japanese Art Of Printing Fish

How did fishermen record their trophy catches before the invention of photography? In 19th century Japan, fishing boats were equipped with rice paper, sumi-e ink, and brushes in order to create gyotaku: elaborate rubbings of freshly caught fish. K...

Building The Seed Cathedral

A future more beautiful? Architect Thomas Heatherwick shows five recent projects featuring ingenious bio-inspired designs. Some are remakes of the ordinary: a bus, a bridge, a power station and one is an extraordinary pavilion, the Seed Cathedral,...

How Art Gives Shape To Cultural Change

Thelma Golden, the curator at the Studio Museum in Harlem, talks through three recent shows that explore how art examines and redefines culture. The "post-black" artists she works with are using their art to provoke a new dialogue about race and c...

The Dawn Of Art

The images in this video come from Chauvet Cave, an ancient rock art site in France. Watch the video and try to imagine the kind of people that created the art. There are no words in this video, so check out the Dig Deeper section for some context...

How To Find The True Face Of Leonardo

Mona Lisa is one of the best-known faces on the planet. But would you recognize an image of Leonardo da Vinci? Illustrator Siegfried Woldhek uses some thoughtful image-analysis techniques to find what he believes is the true face of Leonardo.

Inside A Cartoonist’S World

From cave drawings to the Sunday paper, artists have been visualizing ideas cartoons for centuries. New Yorker cartoonist Liza Donnelly walks us through the many stages every cartoon goes through, starting with an idea and turning into something t...

High-Tech Art (With A Sense Of Humor)

Artist and TED Fellow Aparna Rao reimagines the familiar in surprising, often humorous ways. With her collaborator Soren Pors, Rao creates high-tech art installations a typewriter that sends emails, a camera that tracks you through the room only t...

Folding Way-New Origami

Robert Lang is a pioneer of the newest kind of origami using math and engineering principles to fold mind-blowingly intricate designs that are beautiful and, sometimes, very useful.

Taking Imagination Seriously

Janet Echelman found her true voice as an artist when her paints went missing which forced her to look to an unorthodox new art material. Now she makes billowing, flowing, building-sized sculpture with a surprisingly geeky edge. A transporting 10 ...

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