středa 8. února 2012

Jesus did not die on cross, says scholar

Jesus may not have died nailed to the cross because there is no evidence that the Romans crucified prisoners two thousand years ago, a scholar has claimed.

The legend of his execution is based on the traditions of the Christian church and artistic illustrations rather than antique texts, according to theologian Gunnar Samuelsson.
He claims the Bible has been misinterpreted as there are no explicit references the use of nails or to crucifixion - only that Jesus bore a "staurus" towards Calvary which is not necessarily a cross but can also mean a "pole".
Mr Samuelsson, who has written a 400-page thesis after studying the original texts, said: "The problem is descriptions of crucifixions are remarkably absent in the antique literature.
"The sources where you would expect to find support for the established understanding of the event really don't say anything."
The ancient Greek, Latin and Hebrew literature from Homer to the first century AD describe an arsenal of suspension punishments but none mention "crosses" or "crucifixion."
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úterý 7. února 2012

Guggenheim Art Books for free!

Guggenheim Museum offers various art books and catalogues online for free. You can browse more than 40 items and view them in online viewer. You can find various art styles from chinese art to american landscape paintings. My very favourites are these two. So click and enjoy!


Paul Klee 1879-1940: A Retrospective Exhibition

Contributions by Will Grohmann, Felix Klee, and Thomas M. Messer
Published in 1967
148 pages, fully illustrated


Oskar Kokoschka, Works on Paper: The Early Years, 1897–1917

Contributions by Alice Strobl and Alfred Weidinger
Published in 1994
248 pages, fully illustrated

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pondělí 6. února 2012

Super Bowl 2012 Commercials

Everybody knows the best thing about the Super Bowl is the commercials. So if you care less about the New England Patriots-New York Giants rematch than you do the commercials that accompany it, look no further—here are all of the Super Bowl XLVI television ads, uploaded in real time as they air. - BUZZ FEED

Watch Every Single TV Ad Here

Chevy Silverado "2012" | Super Bowl XLVI Ads | Chevrolet Commercial

pátek 3. února 2012

Politicky nekorektní pivo má v poslaneckém baru zákaz

Britští poslanci už nebudou moci se svými hosty v parlamentním baru pít pivo značky Top Totty, které pivaře láká obrázkem spoře oděné blondýnky. Nelíbilo se to jedné labouristické poslankyni, uvedla na svých internetových stránkách BBC.

Stínová ministryně pro rovnoprávnost Kate Greenová tvrdí, že ji znepokojilo, když se dozvěděla o tom, že pivo Top Totty se prodává v baru Strangers', kam si poslanci mohou vodit hosty.

Top Totty slangový výraz pro pohlednou dívku. S názorem Greenové souhlasil šéf Dolní sněmovny George Young. "Bylo by mi moc líto, kdyby někde v prostorách parlamentu byly k vidění urážlivé obrázky," řekl.

O něco později pivo skutečně z baru zmizelo. Světlý mok Top Totty, který se prý vyznačuje "smyslnou vůní chmelu", se vyrábí v rodinném pivovaru Slater's ve Staffordu. Zákonodárci a jejich návštěvy jím mohli zahánět žízeň od roku 2007.

čtvrtek 2. února 2012

Earliest copy of Mona Lisa found in Prado

Better version to look at? :)
"The final traces of overpaint are now being removed by Prado conservators, revealing the fine details of the delicate Tuscan landscape, which mirrors the background of Leonardo’s masterpiece. Darkened varnish is also being painstakingly stripped away from the face of the Mona Lisa, giving a much more vivid impression of her enticing eyes and enigmatic smile.
In the Louvre’s original, which will not be cleaned in the foreseeable future, Lisa’s face is obscured by old, cracked varnish, making her appear almost middle aged. In the Prado copy we see her as she would have looked at the time—as a radiant young woman in her early 20s...."
The Art Newspaper