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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
Some of Canada's leading historians say the federal government is putting the country's historical record at risk by hoarding piles of documents inside secret archives that together would make a stack taller than the CN Tower.

Historian Dennis Molinaro of Trent University discovered ministries and agencies are stockpiling millions of decades-old papers rather than handing them over to Library and Archives Canada for safekeeping and public access.

He's launched a petition to try to convince the government to set them free.

The Canadian Historical Association (CHA) has joined his campaign and is calling on the government to mark Canada's 150th anniversary by overhauling the laws on access to government records.

"It's very disturbing that there are caches of documents about which we know very little. We don't even know the extent of this," said CHA president Joan Sangster, a colleague of Molinaro's at Trent in Peterborough, Ont., where she teaches labour and women's history.

As part of his research, Molinaro has been asking government departments to hand over information about Canada's Cold War domestic spy and surveillance programs run by the RCMP. cbc.ca
Had he lived, John F. Kennedy would turn 100 years old on May 29.

Caroline Kennedy, his only living child and a former ambassador to Japan, said on CNN's "The Lead with Jake Tapper" that as her father became further embedded in history, she wanted to mark the occasion by celebrating the legacy he left for her and her children as well as his place in history.

"He is a historical figure," Kennedy said. "100 years is a really long time, but I think his legacy and these values are timeless and they live on."

In the video, she reminisces about hiding under the Oval Office desk when she was a young girl, and sailing with her father. "I miss him every day of my life. But, growing up without him was made easier thanks to all of the people who kept him in his hearts," she said.

Kennedy told CNN that she could feel from others that he "was part of everyone's life," and she said she has noticed parallels from the issues her father grappled with to this point in time. cnn.com
Ancient Korean folklore tells of the practice of “Inju”: a ritualistic human sacrifice that saw unfortunate victims buried under the foundations of buildings, to ensure that the structures would stand tall.

Archaeologists now believe they have found the first physical evidence of this ritual.

As the Korean Herald reports, the remains of two skeletons dating to the 5th century were recently discovered under the stone walls of a palace in South Korea.

Laid side-by-side, the bodies were found beneath the west walls of Wolseong Palace in Gyeongju, the former capital of Korea’s Silla Kingdom.

According to the AFP, one skeleton had its head and arms turned toward the second body, which faced upward.

Lee Jong-hun, of the Gyeongju National Research Institute of Cultural Heritage (GNRICH), says that the bodies were “highly likely to have been buried after a ritual” and that the Inju legend might be based in fact. smithsonianmag.com
The debate over the removal of four Confederate-era monuments has stewed here for nearly two years, longer than the city was under Confederate control, and it has not abated with the removal of the last: the statue of Robert E. Lee, plucked off its pedestal on Friday afternoon.

On barricaded streets and in rancorous Facebook comment threads, people sparred over ideas about legacy and resolution, the line between veneration and history, and the meaning of symbols as time passes.

For many here, It is about family members who went to war and family members who were sold in the slave market downtown, and family in whom the bloodlines overlapped in ways that have seldom been acknowledged.

The public history in the news has made the personal history all the more immediate.

But DNA tests and online research sites have opened up family histories that were passed down simply as family lore, or family secrets, or in some cases not known at all.

In a city on the verge of celebrating its tricentennial, this was not that long ago. nytimes.com
The discovery of a tiny metal bird in a dig at a castle site which was once a royal capital has set archaeologists a-flutter.

The intricate copper alloy representation of a bird, thought to date from the 8th century, was unearthed during excavations at Bamburgh Castle in Northumberland.

The site of Bamburgh Castle has been occupied for more than 2,000 years and between the 6th and 9th centuries AD was one of the principal palace sites of the kings of Northumbria.

It later became the stronghold of the earls of Northumberland until the end of the 12th century.

The bird has been described as unique and a find of national significance.

Francis Armstrong, owner of Bamburgh Castle, said: “The bird is a spectacular discovery. It is a beautiful artefact and we are proud that it has been found at Bamburgh. chroniclelive.co.uk
Built in 1475 by a Turkic ruler to commemorate his son’s death in battle, the domed tower was moved from its original site in the 12,000-year-old town of Hasankeyf to a new “cultural park” over a mile away—and over 200 feet higher in elevation.

The costly undertaking removes the tomb from the area affected by a massive reservoir that will flood the Tigris River Valley when the controversial Ilısu Dam becomes operational.

Though some opposed the structure’s relocation, citing concerns that the tomb would sustain damage, proponents argued that the move was made in the interest of cultural preservation.

The mausoleum is a striking example of historic Anatolian architecture: double-domed for ventilation, 50 feet tall and 25 feet in diameter, the tower’s intricate tile work and commanding position over the Tigris River make it one of the region’s main tourist attractions. nationalgeographic.com
After news of yet another heart-wrenching horror—explosions at an Ariana Grande concert in Manchester, England resulted in dozens of fatalities, many of them children— comfort began to circulate from an unlikely source. 

Anthony Breznican, a novelist and staff writer at Entertainment Weekly began to tweet about Fred Rogers in the wee hours of Tuesday morning, remembering the pioneering American television personality whose Mister Rogers Neighborhooddebuted nearly a half century ago and provided comfort, entertainment, and gentle moral instruction to generations of children.

Over the course of thirty-one years and 865 episodes, Rogers, a steadfast champion of children, their education, and their emotional health, used his "neighborhood" to show the world as it should be—a microcosm of kindness where neighbors love and support each other through difficult times.

He once told Charlie Rose that "there's one thing that evil cannot stand, and that is forgiveness."

Another of Rogers’ quotes (“When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, ‘Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping’”) began making the rounds on Twitter in the aftermath of the attack, as it had done after September 11th, the Boston Marathon bombing, and various school shootings— but this time it was Breznican’s story that went viral. vogue.com