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Throes of Creation


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Image of the Week #96, June 17th, 2013:

From: 3 Essential Qualities Up-and-coming Science Writers Should Develop by Khalil A. Cassimally at The SA Incubator.

Source: Leonid Pasternak, archived at Wikimedia Commons.

At first, we thought this was an artist’s depiction of Scientific American bloggers sitting down to pen the latest in cutting-edge science commentary. We imagine we look like this, after all. But the painting is instead Leonid Pasternak’s late 19th century “Throes of Creation.” Pasternak was a post-impressionist Russian painter known for illustrating Tolstoy’s novels.



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