Jackie Ormes Brought Black Characters To The Comics Page (Cool Weird Awesome 1060)

Today in 1911, the birthday of Jackie Ormes, the first Black woman to have syndicated comic strips in newspapers.

For Michelangelo, Painting The Sistine Chapel Was Literally A Pain (Cool Weird Awesome 963)

Today in 1475 Michelangelo was born. One of his masterworks was the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, though if a poem he wrote about the job is to be believed, making all that great art was pretty painful. Plus: a series of portraits of every US president with a mullet.

By |2024-03-06T09:10:08-05:00March 6, 2023|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Sarah Biffin, A 19th Century Painter “Without Hands” Who’s Getting 21st Century Recognition (Cool Weird Awesome 897)

Today in 2019, the sale of a portrait by 19th Century English miniaturist Sarah Biffin, a renowned artist who was born without full arms or legs and whose life and work are the subject of an exhibition now running in London.

By |2023-12-05T06:30:33-05:00December 5, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , |

Why So Many Old Paintings Have Dogs Holding Lit Flares In Their Mouths (Cool Weird Awesome 822)

There's a phenomenon in art history where some paintings feature dogs with lit flares in their mouths. They're not committing arson or leading Indiana Jones through a dark cave... but what are they doing?

By |2022-08-08T09:23:21-04:00August 8, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |

A Mirror From The 16th Century Just Revealed Its Secret (Cool Weird Awesome 819)

In the collection of the Cincinnati Art Museum, there’s a mirror from 16th Century China that has been keeping a secret for centuries. And, at long last, that secret is out.

By |2022-07-27T09:06:37-04:00July 27, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , |

“Mummy Brown” Was A Paint Made From Actual Mummies (Cool Weird Awesome 718)

Today in 1923, King Tut's tomb was opened and entered. That may not have been the afterlife the young pharaoh had hoped for, but it could have been worse: for centuries artists used a paint called Mummy Brown, which was made with actual mummy parts.

By |2024-02-16T08:08:03-05:00February 16, 2022|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

What Did Ghosts Look Like To People 3,500 Years Ago? (Cool Weird Awesome 643)

The new book "The First Ghosts" looks at how humans have been describing and depicting ghosts for thousands of years, including a Babylonian tablet showing a lonely, bearded ghost dude from 1500 B.C.E. Plus: today in 2013, a merchant naval officer said a great way to deter pirates off the Somali coast was to blast Britney Spears tunes. 

By |2021-10-27T07:24:12-04:00October 27, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , , |

Edmonia Lewis, A Sculptor Who Brought Her Subjects To Life (Cool Weird Awesome 631)

On Indigenous Peoples Day, here's the story of sculptor Edmonia Lewis. She was born in the 1840s to a Black father and a Chippewa mother, and became the first Native American and Black woman to become an acclaimed sculptor.

Mount Everest May Soon Be Getting Cleaner, And More Arty (Cool Weird Awesome 472)

Sagarmatha, aka Mount Everest, is the world's highest mountain, and the site of a growing environmental problem. A new initiative wants to remove trash and recyclables from the peak and turn some of them into art.

By |2024-01-12T09:50:36-05:00February 2, 2021|Categories: Cool Weird Awesome, Podcasts|Tags: , , , , |
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