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What did Washington really look like?

Eric Altschuler and Krista Ehinger have attempted to discover what George Washington may have actually looked like by applying a computer model to a painting of the president. The theory behind their model is that the painter who painted Washington, Gilbert Stuart, changed some elements of Washington’s appearance, and he probably made similar changes to everyone else he painted. Since some of the other people Gilbert painted survived into the age of photography, the researchers compared paintings to photos to decipher the standard way that Gilbert changed his subject’s appearance. Here’s Daniel Webster:

Daniel Webster, in photo and painting

Then their computer “undid” all the changes it found in the photograph/painting pairs on the painting of Washington.

Washington, in painting and modified by the model.

Interesting idea, though I have to say I’m more than a little doubtful. But then again, we’ll probably never know how right or wrong this image of Washington is.

From AAAS, via io9.

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Painting lost by drunk guy found on the street

Maybe he was telling the truth all along. James Hagerty was helping his friends sell a painting, but got drunk and lost it. His story sounded suspicious, but then one of the painting’s owners was indicted for fraud. Which maybe has something to do with it, but maybe not because the painting was found by a doorman. It was sitting outside his building.

Via The Morning News.

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This guy lost an expensive painting, swears it’s only because he was so very drunk

The owners of a $1,350,000 painting are suing a friend for losing it. He was helping them sell it, but he got wasted and lost it. He says he was too drunk to remember where it went. The painting’s owners are skeptical.

UPDATE: Painting found on the street.

Via Obscure Store.

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Bad Paintings of Barack Obama

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