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Blu’s Massive New Mural in Rome Turns 48 Windows into Faces

November 23, 2014

Christopher Jobson

…View full detail Italian street artist Blu (previously) just wrapped up work on this giant mural that wraps around two sides of a building in Rome. The pieces utilizes nearly 50 windows to create the mouths and eyes of some 27 bizarre faces all vying for attention. You can see some more views of the piece on his blog and explore it in detail on Google Street View. See it up close here….

 

 



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Inventor Spends Five Years Trying to Determine if Vermeer’s Paintings Are 350-year-old Color Photos

June 11, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Photograph of Tim Jenison via Boing Boing It has long been suspected that some of the old masters may have relied on optical devices such as the camera lucida to help with scale and proportion in their paintings, leading to more lifelike interpretations of landscapes and portraits. Tim Jenison, a Texas-based inventor and computer graphics specialist, became obsessed with one such painter: Dutch master Johannes Vermeer, who created such…

 

 



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New Murals from Blu on the Streets of Italy

April 7, 2014

Christopher Jobson

Niscemi, Italy Niscemi, Italy Niscemi, Italy Niscemi, Italy Bologna, Italy Bologna, Italy Rome, Italy Messina, Italy Messina, Italy Messina, Italy Over the last year artist Blu has dropped a number of killer murals in several Italian cities, most recently in Niscemi (top) where he created a three-story piece depicting a military figure playing a weaponized xylophone. Despite the extreme visual density present in Blu’s latest works,…

 

 



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Blu Mural in Spain Celebrates Vegetarianism

July 27, 2012

Christopher Jobson

…StreetArtNews has the scoop on new work from street artist Blu who just completed this hilarious mural in Ordes, Spain that depicts a cheering crowd of fruit and veggies as they witness their suicidal compatriots take the plunge into a massive whirring blender. This vegetarian-friendly piece is quite a departure for the artist whose most recent works in Buenos Aires and Morocco have been rather politically charged. (via streetartnews)…