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Health - Art and Design - 28.06.2024
Arts-based research deepens understanding of intimate partner violence in pregnancy
Arts-based research deepens understanding of intimate partner violence in pregnancy
Groundbreaking study led by Western nursing prof used paintings, poetry to show resilience resulting from trauma-and violence-informed care A study led by Western nursing professor Kimberley Jackson shows the power of arts-based research to relay scientific findings and raise awareness about a pervasive public health concern: intimate partner violence (IPV) and, specifically, IPV in pregnancy.

Art and Design - Physics - 15.12.2023
Rembrandt broke new ground with lead-based impregnation of canvas for The Night Watch
Rembrandt broke new ground with lead-based impregnation of canvas for The Night Watch
New research has revealed that Rembrandt impregnated the canvas for his famous 1642 militia painting 'The Night Watch' with a lead-containing substance even before applying the first ground layer. Such lead-based impregnation has never before been observed with Rembrandt or his contemporaries. The discovery , published today in Science Advances, underlines Rembrandt's inventive way of working, in which he did not shy away from using new techniques.

Art and Design - Chemistry - 11.10.2023
Mona Lisa catches the eye of chemists
The mystery of the Mona Lisa lies not so much in her smile as in the painting techniques used by Leonardo da Vinci. Artist, engineer and architect, da Vinci was also an experimental chemist, with the Mona Lisa being his veritable laboratory.

Psychology - Art and Design - 03.08.2023
People feel emotions even with computer-generated art
Man-made works of art, however, are viewed more positively. Computers and artificial intelligence (AI) are also becoming increasingly important in the art world. AI-generated artworks fetch millions at auction, and artists routinely use algorithms to generate aesthetic content. A team of scientists at the University of Vienna has now been able to show through experiments that, contrary to common assumptions, people perceive emotions and intentions when viewing art even if they know that the work was generated by a computer.

Innovation - Art and Design - 22.06.2023
How AI technology from ETH animates the fire creatures in the latest Pixar movie
How AI technology from ETH animates the fire creatures in the latest Pixar movie
Today, the latest animated film Elemental from Walt Disney Studios and Pixar Animation Studio is released in Swiss cinemas. The film revolves around the fiery Ember, who lives in Element City - a place where fire, water, earth and air beings live. The film is not only made in Hollywood, but also enabled by ETH technology.

Art and Design - 03.05.2023
Researchers explore how we depict and perceive emotions through colour and line in visual art
Researchers explore how we depict and perceive emotions through colour and line in visual art
Are you feeling blue - or seeing red? Maybe turning green with envy? You're not alone in colour-coding your emotions, University of Toronto researchers say in a new paper confirming associations between feelings and certain shades and shapes. In a new study in the Journal of Vision , researchers from the Faculty of Arts & Science's department of psychology  and their collaborators have confirmed research identifying consistent associations between certain colours and lines, and particular emotions.

Art and Design - Health - 02.05.2023
Online art for real-world well-being
Online art for real-world well-being
A new study brings us closer to understanding when and how viewing online paintings can impact our well-being. A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Vienna, the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, and the Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics sheds light on the potential of online art viewing as a tool for improving well-being.

Psychology - Art and Design - 29.03.2023
How people move in front of an art work can impact their experience
How people move in front of an art work can impact their experience
The objective measurement of the ways in which people move in front of art shows that there are four different groups that also report different art experiences. A recent study led by University of Vienna psychologists has shed light on the impact of viewers' movements and positioning when looking at art.

Art and Design - 03.03.2023
Lausanne museum unveils the secrets of the first color photographs
An exhibition on Gabriel Lippmann, the inventor of one of the first methods for color photography, opens today at the Photo Elysée museum in Lausanne and will run until 21 May. The exhibition provides a unique glimpse into Lippmann's multispectral imaging technique - for which he was awarded the Nobel Prize - by presenting his original color plates in an entirely novel way, thanks to a joint project with EPFL.

Art and Design - 20.12.2022
Appreciation for artwork affects how viewers remember it
Appreciation for artwork affects how viewers remember it
How much someone likes a piece of artwork can impact their memory of when they first encountered it and which direction they were facing, finds new UCL-led research. The findings show that aesthetic experience is not limited to just the visual features of a piece of artwork, but also the moment in which it was viewed.

Art and Design - Innovation - 21.10.2022
Dürer goes digital
Dürer goes digital
The Graphische Sammlung ETH Zürich has digitised over 50,000 artworks and made them freely accessible. Linda Schädler, Head of the Graphische Sammlung, explains in an interview why she hopes to do the same with the remaining 110,000. Ms Schädler, ETH-s collection of prints and drawings has now digitised 50,000 of its artworks.

History / Archeology - Art and Design - 12.09.2022
Gold of the Golden Coach originates from Suriname
Gold of the Golden Coach originates from Suriname
Together with the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, Netherlands Institute for Conservation+Art+Science+ (NICAS) and Naturalis Biodiversity Center, the Amsterdam Museum conducted research into the origin of the gold of the Golden Coach. Where the gold leaf with which the coach is gilded came from has long been unknown.

Art and Design - Innovation - 02.09.2022
X-rays, AI and 3D printing brings a lost Van Gogh artwork to life
X-rays, AI and 3D printing brings a lost Van Gogh artwork to life
Using X-rays, artificial intelligence and 3D printing, two UCL researchers reproduced a "lost" work of art by renowned Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, 135 years after he painted over it. PhD researchers Anthony Bourached (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) and George Cann (UCL Space and Climate Physics), working with artist Jesper Eriksson, used cutting edge technology to recreate a long-concealed Van Gogh painting.

Art and Design - Innovation - 02.09.2022
X-rays, AI and 3D printing bring a lost Van Gogh artwork to life
X-rays, AI and 3D printing bring a lost Van Gogh artwork to life
Using X-rays, artificial intelligence and 3D printing, two UCL researchers reproduced a "lost" work of art by renowned Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh, 135 years after he painted over it. PhD researchers Anthony Bourached (UCL Queen Square Institute of Neurology) and George Cann (UCL Space and Climate Physics), working with artist Jesper Eriksson, used cutting edge technology to recreate a long-concealed Van Gogh painting.

Art and Design - 22.08.2022
Research Café: Creative Methods of Research Dissemination and Evaluation
On 7 September, Creative Manchester will be hosting an in-person event exploring creative research methods and how these methods can be used at different stages of the research process. If you have ever considered presenting your research in alternate formats and styles to the written word, this workshop can help you discover innovative and exciting ways to creatively conduct, present, and evaluate your research.

History / Archeology - Art and Design - 27.05.2022
More than ten artistic manifestations between 1338 and 1538 spawned the myth of James I as the founding king
Francesc Granell Sales, a researcher at the University of Valencia, has analysed the representation of King James I in visual culture during the period 1338-1538.

Art and Design - Economics - 28.03.2022
And the Oscar goes to... LGBTQI+ inclusion
As Hollywood rolls out the red carpet and our biggest stars come together to celebrate 94th Academy Awards , researchers from Monash University Australia have released the findings of extensive research into LGBTQI+ inclusion in films and what it means at the box office. A team led by a Monash Business School researcher analysed 4216 contemporary Hollywood films from 2007-2014 and found that movies with LGBTQI+ representation significantly outperform those with no representation at the box office.

Art and Design - 03.08.2021
Cave paintings in Spain originate from Neanderthals
Studies of pigments from wall paintings in Cueva Ardales, a cave in southern Spain, have confirmed the assumption that they originated from Neanderthals / Publication in PNAS The dating of paintings in three caves in Spain supports the view that Neanderthals practiced cave art in the form of colored markings more than 20,000 years before the arrival of anatomically modern humans in Europe.

Art and Design - Life Sciences - 05.07.2021
Neanderthal artists? Our ancestors decorated bones over 50,000 years ago
Neanderthal artists? Our ancestors decorated bones over 50,000 years ago
Discovery from Unicorn Cave in Lower Saxony sheds new light on ancestors' cognitive abilities Since the discovery of the first fossil remains in the 19 th century, the image of the Neanderthal has been one of a primitive hominin. People have known for a long time that Neanderthals were able to effectively fashion tools and weapons.

Art and Design - Life Sciences - 15.06.2021
Computers Predict People’s Tastes in Art
Do you like the thick brush strokes and soft color palettes of an impressionist painting such as those by Claude Monet? Or do you prefer the bold colors and abstract shapes of a Rothko? Individual art tastes have a certain mystique to them, but now a new Caltech study shows that a simple computer program can accurately predict which paintings a person will like.
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