Art stories for July 2023

Let’s take a closer look at architecture, crime, and how to view art. We’ll learn some science, dig up some clues, and see with fresh eyes.

Science of ancient Roman concrete

Painting of a woman with red hair holding a cat
The ceiling of the Pantheon in Rome, Italy by Mohammad Reza Domiri Ganji in 2017

Ancient Romans’ engineering abilities were remarkable, as evidenced by the endurance of their creations. Consider the Pantheon: at almost 2,000 years old, it “holds the record for the world’s largest dome of unreinforced concrete.” Researchers studying samples of concrete have discovered how this pozzolanic concrete is so durable and strong.

Help find stolen art

Photo of a woman standing in front of an audience pointing to a Vermeer painting
Interpol’s ID-Art app. 

Looking to help the FBI or Interpol find stolen art? You’re in luck. Both agencies have mobile apps that let you search for lost or stolen masterpieces and submit tips.

How to look at art

Malaka Gharib/ NPR

Sometimes looking at art can be challenging. NPR’s Life Kit interviewed three art professionals to get advice on how to look at art. So get ready to have your senses tickled, your emotions freed, and your interests piqued.

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