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Art & Photography Books: “Massimo Listri -Cabinet of Curiosities” (Taschen)

From the Grand Duke Francesco I de’ Medici and Holy Roman Emperor Rudolf II to Archduke Ferdinand II of Habsburg, these aristocratic virtuosos acquired, selected, and displayed the objects in real-life catalogues that represented the entire world—spanning architecture, interior design, painting, sculpture, gemology, geology, botany, biology and taxonomy, astrology, alchemy, anthropology, ethnography, and history.

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The Wunderkammer, or “cabinet of curiosities,” saw collectors gathering objects from many strands of artistic, scientific, and intellectual endeavor, in an ambitious attempt to encompass all of humankind’s knowledge in a single room.

Marvel at the unicorn horns (narwhal tusks), gems, rare coral growths, Murano glasswork, paintings and peculiar mechanical automata. Browse through illustrations of exotic and mythical creatures and discover the famed “Coburg ivories,” an astounding collection of crafted artifacts. These collections are nothing short of a journey through time, from the Renaissance and Age of Discovery, the Mannerist and Baroque periods, up to the present day. Although many of these cabinets of curiosities no longer exist, others have been meticulously reconstructed, and new ones born.

These marvelous cabinets of curiosities can now be explored by all in this XXL collection. To realize this mammoth undertaking, Massimo Listri traveled to seven European countries over several decades; the result is a set of gorgeous photographs, an authoritative yet accessible introduction, and detailed commentary on each of the 19 chambers highlighting the most remarkable items in each collection. Discover how these timeless treasures both describe and defined civilization, the modern concept of the museum, and our very knowledge of the universe.

The authors

Giulia ML Carciotto graduated in art history from the Sapienza University in Rome. She was a Research Fellow at the Warburg Institute in London, where she also worked for Christie’s. She was editor-in-chief of the art publisher Franco Maria Ricci Editore in Milan, and now teaches at the Academy of Fine Arts in Palermo and at the Abadir Academy in Catania.

Antonio Paolucci studied art history under Roberto Longhi in Florence and began his career in the management of cultural heritage. He was the Superintendent of Cultural Heritage in Venice, Verona, and Mantua. He later became Director of the Opificio delle Pietre Dure in Florence and, for almost twenty years, the Superintendent for the Polo Museale Fiorentino. Most recently, Paolucci was the Director of the Vatican Museums from 2007 to 2016. A specialist in Italian Renaissance art, he is the author of museum and exhibition catalogues, as well as publications on Donatello, Piero della Francesca, Michelangelo, Raphael, and Benvenuto Cellini, among others.

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Cocktails With A Curator: “Gainsborough’s ‘Grace Dalrymple Elliott'” (Video)

The Frick Collection logoIn this week’s episode of “Cocktails with a Curator,” Curator Aimee Ng studies Thomas Gainsborough’s scandalous portrait of Grace Dalrymple Elliott. Discover why this painting met with a negative reception when it was shown at the Royal Academy in 1782. Mrs. Elliott later moved to France, where she lived through the Reign of Terror and died in 1823 in the outskirts of Paris. This week’s complementary cocktail is the Pimm’s Cup, a traditional summer drink in Britain.

Thomas Gainsborough RA FRSA was an English portrait and landscape painter, draughtsman, and printmaker. Along with his rival Sir Joshua Reynolds, he is considered one of the most important British artists of the second half of the 18th century.

Art & Photography Books: “Dreamscapes & Artificial Architecture” (Gestalten)

DREAMSCAPES & ARTIFICIAL ARCHITECTURE IMAGINED INTERIOR DESIGN IN DIGITAL ART - Gestalten - June 2020This inspiring compilation of the most innovative projects in digital art covers the work of the artists and creatives at the forefront of this aesthetic. Discover Filip Hodas and his captivating pop culture dystopia artwork series, explore Massimo Colonna’s surrealist urban landscapes and dive into the abstract compositions of Ezequiel Pini, founder of Six N. Five studio.

Digital renderings have long served architects and interior designers to help visualize spaces before the building begins. But a new generation of digital artists are taking this craft a step further to create otherworldly scenes that can’t, and won’t, ever be built.

DREAMSCAPES & ARTIFICIAL ARCHITECTURE IMAGINED INTERIOR DESIGN IN DIGITAL ART - Gestalten - June 2020

Dreamscapes & Artificial Architecture presents the work of leading creatives from across the globe, exploring the infinite ways to conceptualize utopian oases and dystopian nightmares. With their roots in spatial design, their ideas present a new creative current defined by the fusion of digital techniques such as computer rendering and 3D art, and an aesthetic that moves between fantasy and reality. Freed from the constraints of the physical world, these dreamscapes expand the possibilities for architecture and interior design.

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Fine Arts: “The Burlington Magazine May 2020” – The Best Of Art & Its History

Raphael and his cult

There is an unhappy irony in the fact that five hundred years after Raphael died of a fever at the age of only thirty-seven, the global covid-19 pandemic has brought to a premature end so many of the exhibitions that have been staged to mark the anniversary.

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Covid-19 Podcast: Testing Lab Challenges, WHO Funding & Immune System Issues (Nature.com)

nature-podcastsBenjamin Thompson, Noah Baker, and Amy Maxmen discuss Trump withholding funds from the WHO, and how COVID-19 kills. We also hear about controlling misinformation while communicating risk.

In this episode:

01:15 Understanding bottlenecks

After listening to last week’s episode of Coronapod, researchers in the USA were inspired to start collecting data about the challenges facing labs carrying out testing. After more than 4,000 responses to their online survey, we discuss their goals.

03:08 A hole in the WHO’s funding

US President Donald Trump has announced plans to withhold funding for the WHO, pending a review of the organization’s handling of the pandemic. We discuss the decision and ask what it means for the global response to COVID-19.

News: Nature‘s rolling coronavirus news blog

05:55 Responding to the immune system

We investigate the role of the immune system in the death of COVID-19 patients and what this could mean for treatments. Could some therapeutics actually be undermining the body’s ability to fight the virus?

News: How does COVID-19 kill? Uncertainty is hampering doctors’ ability to choose treatments

13:54 One good thing this week

Our hosts pick out things that have made them smile in the last 7 days, including seasonal memories from Sierra Leone, a trip to the supermarket, and the 99-year old war veteran who has raised millions for charity.

BBC News: Coronavirus: Capt Tom Moore’s NHS fundraiser hits £17m

18:33 Communicating complex data

Clearly communicating risks and evidence is key for governments and other organisations if they are to best inform the public during the pandemic. But what is the best way to do it? We hear the methods that communications experts and behavioural scientists recommend to keep the public informed, and keep misinformation at bay.

Interview: Scientist And Inventor Mark Kendall – “Nanopatch” Replacement For Vaccination (Podcast)

Monocle 24 Pioneers logoRocket scientist-turned-immunology expert Mark Kendall talks about his Nanopatch, which could revolutionise vaccinations and eradicate some diseases.

Mark Kendall (born 1972) is an Australian biomedical engineer and innovator. He is an Entrepreneurial Professor of the Australian National University. His field of research is the delivery of immunotherapeutics to the skin without the use of a needle or syringe.

In 2011, he co-founded the development company Vaxxas with an investor syndicate. The company’s technology, called Nanopatch, is intended to serve as a needle-free vaccine delivery device. In 2011, Kendall and his AIBN team received the Australian Research Council Eureka Prize for Excellence in Research by an Interdisciplinary Team. In 2012, he was awarded the Rolex Awards for Enterprise for his “pioneering efforts to expand knowledge and improve human life”.

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Health Studies: Lowering LDL Cholesterol Below 70 MG/DL Markedly Lowers Risk Of Recurrent Strokes

From a Neurology Today online article:

Neurology Today December 2019After an ischemic stroke or transient ischemic attack with evidence of atherosclerosis, patients who had a target LDL cholesterol level of less than 70 mg/dL had a lower risk of subsequent cardiovascular events than those who had a target range of 90 mg to 110 mg/dL.

The American Heart Association/American Stroke Association (AHA/ASA) currently recommends using statins to lower lipid levels in patients after a transient ischemic attack (TIA) or ischemic stroke of atherosclerotic origin, but offers limited guidance on just how intensive this therapy should be.

Now new findings from the Treat Stroke to Target (TST) trial conducted in France and South Korea offer that guidance. The study, led by Pierre Amarenco, MD, chairman of the department of neurology and Stroke Center at Bichat Hospital in Paris, and colleagues, point to a significant improvement in subsequent cardiovascular events when these patients were treated with statins until they reached target low-density lipoprotein (LDL) cholesterol levels of 70 mg/dL or lower.

To read more: https://journals.lww.com/neurotodayonline/Fulltext/2019/12190/Lower_LDL_Targets_After_Ischemic_Stroke.1.aspx/?cid=eTOC%20Issues.2019-neurotodayonline-00132985-201912190-00000&rid=&TargetID=&EjpToken=kUBI82y8eD4bC5NQiWgnbQlwWtm-SH0gXjxdmMaycL1mcSvxVt–tkCrNjLLBDUj-N7wY4–&mkt_tok=eyJpIjoiWmpFMU5ETTBaR1EwWm1FeSIsInQiOiJ0aUNySDdiMmF2aXdYdmhraDRFdXdcLzVLb0NWaW5qNXRNbHM0WVY5ZXhIUWlQdkJjcjVtNUxpSzFQTGk2VXUrZWh0cExaWVhKRlhLekFocnVnN0xyc3JqXC90dlBZZ084ZUNWV2lQVHBmSTJJWTlBXC9CdG5vdVlmQ0xUUzhlc1k4XC9EaGVidmVWUFduV1wvZ1dNWG1iYkppQT09In0%3D