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Saturday, June 17, 2006

Mapplethorpe Arrives in Havana, Mona Lisa Smiles


Mona_lisaHere's something you don't know after taking classes in ART whether you're taking Mr. Baddy BAD (A.k.a Peanut Man) ART 105 Art Appreciation course at INTI or you watched Da Vinci Code in the cinemas...

Nearly 17 years after his death, a "new tolerance" gives Robert Mapplethorpe his first exhibition in Havana. His roughest S&M images were not included.

"Parliament Speaker Ricardo Alarcon (above), one of Cuba's highest
ranking officials, agreed. He said Mapplethorpe 'achieves the
transmission of a purely artistic message and sense.'"

And scientists in the Netherlands have used emotion-recognition software on the Mona Lisa
to determine what she is actually feeling. What they found: "Leonardo
da Vinci's Mona Lisa was 83 percent happy, 9 percent disgusted, 6
percent fearful and 2 percent angry." I'm glad that's solved but I
think we'd all prefer to bring our own interpretation.

The software examines key features and assigns each a score with respect to six different emotions.So, the Mona Lisa is not a simple portrait you might think it has been. Forget "Opus Dei" and all those Dan Brown shit. Drill closer with scientific and psychological discoveries in ART!


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