Questions tagged [art]

Pertaining to the area of human accomplishments in which intangible creative elements are applied to produce the final product. Can pertain to the production, interpretation or appreciation of works created to evoke specific emotional responses, such as in painting or music.

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Is this photo showing a woman standing in the nude before teenagers real?

There's a photo going around Twitter and the right-wing blogosphere of a woman standing in the nude at an art exhibition attended by a bunch of teenagers. I do not want to embed this photo, as it ...
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Do spoilers increase enjoyment of a story?

There are studies such as this where people report that spoilers increase enjoyment for narrative works. According to research by UC San Diego psychology professor Nicholas Christenfeld, spoilers ...
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Was the Banksy painting 'Girl with balloon' shredded after its auction?

The newspapers and internet are full of the incident of the shredding of Banksy's painting 'Girl with balloon'. But (Quoting from BoredPanda): People Were Amazed By Banksy’s Painting Shredding, But ...
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Is the Mona Lisa in the Louvre the Real one [closed]

Is the Mona Lisa hanging in Paris/Louvre the real one? There are "other versions" and copies that are well known. It was stolen in 1911 after all, as well as vandalized a couple of times. There have ...
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Is Sesame Street at risk of losing funding with Trump's new budget proposal?

Trump's latest budget proposal includes cuts to the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. There have been claims that this would endanger funding to Sesame Street. However, Sesame Street moved off of ...
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Does Lee Hadwin have “artistic ability” only when asleep?

The artist Lee Hadwin claims that he paints only when he is asleep and has no artistic talent when he is awake. A dailymail article about his gallery opening: An artist who has no artistic ability ...
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Does Melania Trump's security cost double the National Endowment for the Arts' budget?

This viral post was found at The Resistance with 16,000 shares in less 12 hours. It's from @chapmanchapman who seems to be commenting on Trump cutting the National Endowment for the Arts. The est. ...
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Did CIA fund abstract artists to take attention from Social Realism?

(Source: cracked.com) In the 50s and 60s, the CIA secretly funded abstract artists such as Jackson Pollock, in part to draw attention away from Social Realism, a style which focused on societal ...
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Did Persian rug makers traditionally include deliberate imperfections?

Did Persian rug makers traditionally deliberately include imperfections, often called Persian flaws? If so, did they do so because only Allah was perfect? Example claim: Traditional, hand-made ...
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Was Isaac Newton responsible for the loss of Robert Hooke's work?

This Yahoo answer citing this dead source (mirror) claims: It may be a coincidence but the only known portrait of Hooke which had been housed in the President's office, was mysteriously lost as ...
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Was the radical change in art in the 15th century assisted by technology?

The British artist David Hockney argues in his book Secret Knowledge that: from the early 15th century many Western artists used optics--by which I mean mirrors and lenses (or a combination of the ...
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Is Eşref Armağan an eyeless painter?

There are a number of articles online about a blind, Turkish painter, Eşref Armağan. born without eyes, including a short Wikipedia entry. Purportedly, he's able to create paintings with color and ...
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Is golden ratio the most aesthetically pleasing ratio? [duplicate]

I have read several claims in all kinds of literature (both scientific, less scientific and downwards anti-scientific) about golden ratio and its "aesthetics". However, all the "proofs" I have seen ...
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Restoration of Jesus fresco a fake?

The story goes: A devout Spanish woman is being roundly criticized after taking it upon herself to restore a church fresco of Jesus, a ham-fisted attempt that left the piece looking like a ...
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Is this gesture Masonic?

So I've got casual acquiantances linking to things on Twitter about how this gesture of sticking your hand in your shirt in your formal portrait is actually Masonic. Without worrying about how much ...
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Does Denver International Airport display murals of conquering stormtroopers and dead children?

Some people experience unease going through the airport, and it seems best to provide something soothing and uncontroversial to look at while walking to the aircraft .... like advertising. Certainly ...
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Is there a relationship between yellow and moods?

A commonly held belief in visual arts and graphic design is that colours communicate specific moods. Let's concentrate on the colour yellow, for example here: The color yellow gives one a warm and ...
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Were the pyramids at Puma Punku built by humans?

According to the TV show Ancient Aliens (clip here), humans could not have designed or built the pyramids at Puma Punku. The specific claims in the video are that: The blocks used in construction ...
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Does camera flash destroy art?

This is a question which is highly discussed on the Internet but I've been researching for a long time and I've never found any scientific proof backing this up. It's known (or at least spoken of) ...
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Is the depiction of nudity or sex harmful to minors?

In other words, are the censorship & ratings of movies and other forms of art based on something more than nothing? ;) Or, in a broader sense, I am questioning the very widespread belief that kids ...
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Is Mr. Brainwash a hoax?

I just finished watching Banksy's documentary, Exit Through the Gift Shop, about Thierry Guetta (a.k.a. "Mr. Brainwash"), an eccentric filmmaker who followed the street art scene until eventually ...
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Was the golden ratio deliberately used for aesthetics in ancient or Renaissance times?

It's a famous claim that the golden ratio was both known to and deliberately used by artists and/or architects, for example in the Parthenon. I doubt this, and suspect that any observations about the ...