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Germany Is Returning Nigeria’s Looted Benin Bronzes: Why It’s Not Nearly Enough
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Germany Is Returning Nigeria’s Looted Benin Bronzes: Why It’s Not Nearly Enough

After years of pressure, Germany recently announced that an agreement had been reached to return hundreds of priceless artefacts and artworks that had been looted from Nigeria in colonial times and were on display in German museums. Commonly called the Benin Bronzes, these beautiful and technically remarkable artworks have come to symbolise the broader restitution...

Women ‘Risk’ Grey Hair to Feel Authentic
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Women ‘Risk’ Grey Hair to Feel Authentic

Many women “risk” allowing natural grey hair to show in order to feel authentic, a new study shows. Researchers from the University of Exeter surveyed women who chose not to dye their grey hair, and found a “conflict” between looking natural and being seen as competent. Participants in the study – mostly from English-speaking countries...

America’s Hidden World of Handmade Pornography
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America’s Hidden World of Handmade Pornography

“To live among the handmade,” philosopher and antiques dealer Leon Rosenstein once said, “is to live among the human.” Well, there’s nothing more human than handmade pornography. When you hear “pornography,” you might think of Playboy and Penthouse, X-rated movies and internet porn. But one type that has been largely hidden and forgotten is the...

Which Is More Creative, the Arts or the Sciences?
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Which Is More Creative, the Arts or the Sciences?

International expert in creativity and innovation, UniSA’s Professor David Cropley, is calling for Australian schools and universities to increase their emphasis on teaching creativity, as new research shows it is a core competency across all disciplines and critical for ensuring future job success. Conducted in partnership with visiting PhD researcher Kim van Broekhoven from Maastricht...

How Embroidery Broke the Silence Around Women’s Apartheid Trauma
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How Embroidery Broke the Silence Around Women’s Apartheid Trauma

How do we speak trauma? We know from medicine that people embody trauma, beyond words. It shows up in our hearts and our blood pressure, our dreams and our nightmares; we pass it onto our children, and we work it through in arts, spirituality, counselling. My work has focused on a burning question in South...

When Painting Reveals Increases in Social Trust
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When Painting Reveals Increases in Social Trust

Scientists from the CNRS, ENS-PSL, Inserm, and Sciences Po revealed an increase in facial displays of trustworthiness in European painting between the fourteenth and twenty-first centuries. The findings, published in Nature Communications on 22 September 2020, were obtained by applying face-processing software to two groups of portraits, suggesting an increase in trustworthiness in society that closely...

Study Reveals Secret of 18th-Century Portrait
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Study Reveals Secret of 18th-Century Portrait

Russian researchers from the Moscow Institute of Physics and Technology, Kurnakov Institute of General and Inorganic Chemistry of RAS, and Russia’s famed Tretyakov Gallery have conducted a comprehensive preconservation study of “The Portrait of F.P. Makerovsky in a Masquerade Costume” (1789) by the Russian painter Dmitry Levitsky. The paper was published in the journal Heritage Science....