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News: Code Found in Mona Lisa’s Eyes

LaGioconda

  After the Mona Lisa, or La Gioconda in Europe, was subjected to hyper-magnification, it has been discovered that two letters were painted onto each of the mysterious woman’s eyes. In the right eye, the letters LV are visible, which can be presumed refer to the artist’s initials, Leonardo da Vinci. In the left eye are letters much more intriguing, ... Read More »

Museyon’s Guide to the Weekend

Christmas-London

  Celebrate: Christmas Markets are wonderful and warm places to buy unique gifts and support local artisans while shopping for your friends and family this season. London has a variety of Christmas markets spread all around the city; from charity Christmas markets to designer fairs where you can get some really exciting Christmas presents. Here are a few:   Cologne ... Read More »

Spotlight On…The Costume Institute

House of Dior

The Museum of Costume Art was founded by Aline Bernstein and Irene Lewisohn, who also founded the Neighborhood Playhouse, in New York in 1937. In 1946, the museum merged with The Metropolitan Museum of Art and became The Costume Institute and today its collection spans five continents and five centuries with over 35,000 garments and accessories.   The Costume Institute ... Read More »

News: Kooples Couples

Robert, a photographer, and Gemma, a DJ

The French clothing brand The Kooples is about to open three of their first stand-alone stores in the UK. And they promise, they won’t be the only ones. The company that in two short years has taken over the young and trendy Paris scene is already imbedding itself in the world of London hipsters.   The Kooples was founded by ... Read More »

News: Stolen Monet Found 10 Years Later

The_Beach_at_Pourville__1882

In September of 2000, a broken and despondent man found solace in the work of Impressionist artist Monet. “My life was empty and without meaning,” he said. “I escaped into books. In one of them I read about the Monet…”   The Monet he read about was Beach at Pourville at the National Museum in Poznan, Poland. Armed with nothing ... Read More »

Museyon’s Guide to…5th Ave Holiday Windows and Shopping

Bergdorf Goodman

  It seems that during the holiday season in New York City, more people pilgrimage to the shops on 5th Avenue to gawk at the festive window displays rather than the clothing inside. And rightfully so. Each year, the shops of Fifth Avenue, from FAO Schwartz down to Lord & Taylor light-up the street with colorful and whimsical displays. Here’s ... Read More »

News: Lost Leonardo Work Discovered

An-autograph-attributed-to Leonardo

Renaissance artist, inventor and all around genius Leonard da Vinci left many clues to his numerous experiments, much of which is written in a backwards handwriting he invented in order to keep his discoveries secret. Now, a fragment of his manuscript that had been forgotten for nearly 150 years has been rediscovered in the local archives in Nantes, France, uncovered ... Read More »

Chronicles: Central Synagogue

Central Synagogue

  One of the more surprising sites along Lexington Avenue in New York City is Central Synagogue; it’s Moorish towers topped with sparkling domes seem so out of place in the hustle and bustle of midtown. And yet, the synagogue is one of the oldest buildings on the block, not to mention one of the oldest synagogues in the United ... Read More »

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