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The Slowest Way to Draw a Lute

Man Drawing a Lute, by Albrecht Dürer. Public domain, via Wikimedia Commons.

Last month, I went to a talk by mathematician Annalisa Crannell of Franklin and Marshall College called Math and Art: the good, the bad, and the pretty. She talked about how mathematical ideas of perspective show up in art and how it can help us create and appreciate art. One of my favorite parts of the [...]

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A Wondrous Look Inside a Tuft of Grass


500 years ago, artist and engraver Albrecht Dürer took the time to carefully and meticulously paint the >Great Piece of Turf. In both the Northern and Southern European Renaissance, studies in preparation of a larger painting were not uncommon. One of the many remarkable features of Dürer’s study is that it appears to have been [...]

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The Other Immortality


Students like I once was, Copying studies like Dürer once made, Of a skull, once with a name. Just like our genes, little carbon marks drift little changes over time.

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