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Post by halfwise Sun Nov 28, 2021 1:41 pm

So an American art dealer was found to have a coffee table made of part of the dance floor of Caligula's barge.  She didn't know it until a photo book documenting ancient roman uses of porphyry came out.  Turns out it was part of a trove stolen by the Nazis, and her table in turn was seized and returned to Italy.  The museum that now has it is offering to make her a replica.  This will cost them tens of thousands, for it's exquisite work.  She should take them up on the offer.

https://www.yahoo.com/news/york-city-womans-coffee-table-060526760.html

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Post by Mrs Figg Sun Nov 28, 2021 2:06 pm

I read about that, its an amazing story. Very Happy You could hardly make up a story so random. From Caligula to New York, weird eh.
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Post by Forest Shepherd Mon Nov 29, 2021 5:21 am

Stranger than fiction, as they say.

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Post by halfwise Tue Aug 09, 2022 3:15 am

I don't know if this can be seen outside of the USA. It's very cute.

https://www.pbs.org/video/mona-lisa-is-missing-inbule/

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Post by Mrs Figg Tue Aug 09, 2022 2:21 pm

I cant get t to play, but I know the story. It was an Italian who hated France. They got it back though. I think he hid it under his bed.
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Post by halfwise Tue Aug 09, 2022 2:55 pm

His French co-workers kept calling him Mr Macaroni. He swore revenge against the entire French nation by restoring an Italian national treasure to its rightful home. Unfortunately for him the Mona Lisa was one of the few artworks in France that Napoleon DIDN'T swipe from Italy. It was bought directly from Leonardo himself by a French Nobleman. The thief could have been a national hero, but instead was thrown in the slammer.

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Post by Mrs Figg Mon May 01, 2023 1:58 pm

Got a challenge for anyone with Photoshop. Can you make him look human and not like he has a disease on his face with UmpaLumpa blue hair? 'preciate it.


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Post by halfwise Mon May 01, 2023 2:19 pm

The trick will be to make it still look like a painting after blurring out imperfections. subtle work, that. This may even be beyond Petty's considerable talents unless he's put on payroll for a day.

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Post by halfwise Mon May 01, 2023 2:34 pm

Unless you just want the colors rebalanced, that's easier than removing blemishes yet keeping the texture.  But how the blue and green can be removed without the face going red, I dunno.  Is this better? His hand still looks like it's been somewhere you don't want to know.
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Post by Mrs Figg Mon May 01, 2023 3:21 pm

I think that is better Halfy, he seems to look healthier. It is possible to eliminate flaws with photoshop, its a special clone stamp thingie if I remember rightly.

This artist is my next project. He is a French Fauve artist who made ceramics. Andre Metthey. But all the info is in Froglandia, so its difficult.
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Post by halfwise Mon May 01, 2023 3:24 pm

Oh if he's a ceramicist it's no wonder his hands are all goofed up.

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Post by Mrs Figg Mon May 01, 2023 5:56 pm

he has squid hands No
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Post by Mrs Figg Mon May 01, 2023 6:52 pm

Dowloaded GIMP but you need a PhD in nuclear physics to understand it. Mad
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Post by halfwise Mon May 01, 2023 7:23 pm

Photoshop's no better.  I'm no expert on either one, but I've been told gimp is actually the more logically constructed of the two.  If you are already familiar with photoshop then there's something called gimpshop which is designed to mimic it. both of them make me want to bang my head against anything convenient. Every now and then I figure it out well enough to do a simple task that needs doing, but then it all fades away because they are designed by plugging circuit boards into chimp brains and patenting the result.

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