- Genetic analysis of Ludwig van Beethoven's hair has provided new clues into the cause of the great composer's death in 1827 -- as well as evidence of a family scandal.
- The analysis revealed that Beethoven Suffered From A Hepatitis B Infection That Could Have Contributed To His Death from liver disease.
- Researchers found DNA evidence of hepatitis B virus in a lock of hair taken from Beethoven's body shortly after his death in 1827.
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- President Biden awarded Bruce Springsteen the National Medal of Arts on Tuesday, the highest honor given to artists by the United States government.
- Springsteen was supposed to be honored in 2021, but the ceremony — also slated to award Gladys Knight, Jose Feliciano, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mindy Kaling, artist Judith Francisca Baca, radio station owner Fred Eychaner, the International Association Of Blacks In Dance, the Billie Holiday Theatre, and painter Antonio Martorell Cardona — was canceled due to COVID-19.
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- Could Leonardo da Vinci's mother, Caterina, have been a slave kidnapped from the mountainous Caucasus region of Central Asia?
- Historian Carlo Vecce shared that he discovered a previously unknown document supporting the claim.
- He's also written a historical novel about Caterina's life (Il Sorriso di Caterina or Caterina's Smile) based on his research.
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- The Mauritshuis museum recently asked people to send in their versions of the famous painting for an installation called "My Girl with a Pearl".
- One of five images out of 3,482, shortlisted by the Mauritshuis, is a photo created by Van Dieken using Midjourney.
- But the decision to choose an AI-generated image sparked a backlash.
- Dutch artist Iris Compiet said that it was a "shame and an incredible insult", and dozens of others piled in.
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- This year, the music and art festival will feature Desert X, an art exhibition featuring 12 international artists.
- Amongst this year’s list of artists using the desert as their creative playground is Tyre Nichols.
- Before his untimely death at the hands of Memphis police officers, Nichols was a loving father and creative, passionate about photography.
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