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Digital artist Lothlenan is transforming classical paintings into the ultimate fan fantasies by placing favorite anime, cartoon, and video game characters into these elaborate scenes.

Revamping iconic artwork from the 18th and 19th centuries, Lothlenan cleverly inserts these contemporary figures, all while keeping the style of the original painting.

From Monet's loose brushstrokes to the painstaking detail of Fragonard's Rococo foliage, no detail is spared.

In fact, Lothlenan's work isn't only an exercise in fandom art, but also how to capture different artistic styles digitally.

“This was a nice exercise in mark making and trying to salvage texture in a digital painting,” the artist writes of working from a Monet painting.

“And yes, I fell into the trap of thinking impressionism would be simple… but found out it was more than I bargained for.” mymodernmet.com
As Israelis celebrate the 50th anniversary of the reunification of Jerusalem this week, archaeologists have found evidence of the battle for Jerusalem two millennia ago as they excavate the main thoroughfare leading to the Second Temple before its destruction by the Romans in 70 AD.

The road, about 20 feet below the surface, leads from the Pool of Siloam to the Temple Mount.

Archaeologists believe it could have been built during the reign of Pontius Pilate and would likely have been the route Jesus walked on his way up to the Temple.

"This is probably where Jesus acted and marched during his time," co-director of the excavation, Moran Hagbi, told CBN News. "Now it's opening a new era in the research of Jerusalem."

"Two thousand years after the destruction of Jerusalem and 50 years since its liberation, we are going back to the water cisterns, the market and the city square on the eve of its destructions," the Israel Antiquities Authority quoted them in a press release on Thursday" cbn.com
Shortly after becoming the first man to walk on the moon’s surface in July 1969, Neil Armstrong collected a few scoops of dust and some rocks from the lunar region known as the Sea of Tranquility and placed them in a decontamination bag he stashed in the pocket of his spacesuit.

As the result of a complex chain of events that few could have predicted, the New York auction house Sotheby’s will offer that very same square, zippered pouch, smeared with lunar dust, as part of its Space Exploration sale on July 20, the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11 landing. According to Sotheby’s, the bag is expected to fetch between $2-4 million. 

About two years ago, the Chicago-area attorney Nancy Lee Carlson was perusing an online auction site when she saw a listing for a bag containing “lunar dust” as part of an auction on behalf of the U.S. Marshals Service.

No one had bid on the item in three previous auctions, and Carlson easily won the lot (which also included several other items) with a bid of $995.

When NASA tested the pouch, they found it definitely contained lunar dust, a fine grey powder resembling graphite. 

In fact, it contained some of the very first moon dust ever collected, by the Apollo 11 astronaut Neil Armstrong back in July 1969. history.com