Friday’s Art Notes

BY Molly Finnegan  July 16, 2010 at 10:19 AM EST

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Zach Condon of Beirut performs onstage as part of the Dark Sounds Concert Series at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum on July 15, 2010 in New York City. Photo by Roger Kisby/ Getty Images

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New x-rays of the Mona Lisa help shed light on renaissance painting techniques, via BBC.

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The Millions suggests that online social media has help to proliferate a new way to use the colon in a sentence (in the writer’s words, “Punctuation can go viral. Syntax is a meme.”)

Meanwhile, Susan Orlean ponders the potential of the Twitter hash tag (another new form of punctuation) for stylistic applications in other domains, via the New Yorker.

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Italian police showed off their bounty — about 300 looted antiquities recently recovered by the authorities — at the Colleseum in Rome on Friday, via the Associated Press.

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Country music performer and songwriter Hank Cochran, who wrote hit songs for stars like Patsy Cline, died in Nashville at the age of 74, via the Tennessean.