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Artists' Sneaky Nefertiti Bust Scan May Have Been Faked

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The art world deals with fraud all the time, but those cases rarely involve artists lying about owning a replica of a famous work. In a bizarre twist of events, Popular Science reports that the two German artists who claimed to surreptitiously scan the bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti in Berlin’s Neues Museum likely never copied the statue.

Nora Al-Badri and Jan Nikolai Nelles said they'd smuggled Kinect scanners into the museum last October underneath their jackets and scarves. They claimed to have made a copy of the famous limestone and stucco statue, and later released the collected dataset online for anyone to download and print. Media outlets (including mental_floss) caught wind of their efforts and published a video of the two scanning the bust. However, Cosmo Wenman, an artist and 3D-scanning consultant, investigated the scan in a blog post, and noted that Kinect scanners produce lower-quality scans than the file the artists released for public download. He believes that the model they released was actually based on an already-existing bust of Nefertiti, which had been made for the museum by German scanning company TrigonArt.

“In my opinion, it’s highly unlikely that two independent scans of the bust would match so closely," Wenman wrote. "It seems even less likely that a scan of a replica would be such a close match. I believe the model that the artists released was in fact derived from the Neues Museum’s own scan." Since the scan has never been released to the public, Wenman says that the anonymous third-party collaborator who allegedly processed the scan for the artists may have played a part in the con.

According to Boing Boing, Wenman has scanned and posted many artworks for anyone to download, model, and print—meaning we should probably take his word for it that the entire Nefertiti stunt was bogus. “It’s unfortunate that this story was based on a falsehood,” he wrote on his blog. "With any luck, though, this will all be for the best, and there will be increased scrutiny of museums’ custody of data, and it will lead to increased public demand for museums to make their 3D data freely available to the public.”

[h/t Popular Science]

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8 City Maps Rendered in the Styles of Famous Artists
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Vincent van Gogh once famously said, "I dream my painting and I paint my dream." If at some point in his career he had dreamed up a map of Amsterdam, where he lived and derived much of his inspiration from, it may have looked something like the one below.

In a blog post from March, Credit Card Compare selected eight cities around the world and illustrated what their maps might look like if they had been created by the famous artists who have roots there.

The Andy Warhol-inspired map of New York City, for instance, is awash with primary colors, and the icons representing notable landmarks are rendered in his famous Pop Art style. Although Warhol grew up in Pittsburgh, he spent much of his career working in the Big Apple at his studio, dubbed "The Factory."

Another iconic and irreverent artist, Banksy, is the inspiration behind London's map. Considering that the public doesn't know Banksy's true identity, he remains something of an enigma. His street art, however, is recognizable around the world and commands exorbitant prices at auction. In an ode to urban art, clouds of spray paint and icons that are a bit rough around the edges adorn this map of England's capital.

For more art-inspired city maps, scroll through the photos below.

[h/t Credit Card Compare]

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There’s a Ghost Hiding in This Illustration—Can You Find It?
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A hidden image illustration by Gergely Dudás, a.k.a. Dudolf
Gergely Dudás - Dudolf, Facebook

Gergely Dudás is at it again. The Hungarian illustrator, who is known to his fans as “Dudolf,” has spent the past several years delighting the internet with his hidden image illustrations, going back to the time he hid a single panda bear in a sea of snowmen in 2015. In the years since, he has played optical tricks with a variety of other figures, including sheep and Santa Claus and hearts and snails. For his latest brainteaser, which he posted to both his Facebook page and his blog, Dudolf is asking fans to find a pet ghost named Sheet in a field of white bunny rabbits.

As we’ve learned from his past creations, what makes this hidden image difficult to find is that it looks so similar to the objects surrounding it that our brains just sort of group it in as being “the same.” So you’d better concentrate.

If you’ve scanned the landscape again and again and can’t find Sheet to save your life, go ahead and click here to see where he’s hiding.

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