Monday’s Art Notes

BY Tom LeGro  March 15, 2010 at 12:50 PM EST

Conservator Ella Hendriks examines van Gogh's 'The Bedroom'
Conservator Ella Hendriks examines van Gogh’s “The Bedroom.” (Photo by the Van Gogh Museum.)

Fans of Vincent van Gogh can follow the restoration of one of his most iconic paintings, “The Bedroom,” online at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. ‘Bedroom secrets’ will chart cleaning and retouching of the painting, which van Gogh produced in 1888. You can watch a video about the project here.

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SOOTHSAYER:
Beware the ides of March.

— William Shakespeare’s “Julius Caesar,” Act 1, Scene 2.

You might be hearing that ominous line throughout the day. But what does it mean? It’s when Caesar was forewarned of his murder, which was March 15, the ide of March.

What’s an ide? Ides were phases of the moon used to organize the Roman calendar. The ides fall on the 15th day of March, May, July and October, and the 13th day of the other months.

The Christian Science Monitor helpfully breaks down the events of March 15 throughout history.

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French Culture Minister Frederic Mitterand made director Tim Burton an officer in France’s National Order of Arts and Letters.

“I feel much more at home here than I do in my own country and I thank you very much,” Burton said in a ceremony in Paris.

Meantime, NPR’s Weekend Edition looks at a secret ingredient behind Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”: mathematical allusions in the original stories by Lewis Carroll.

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The Detroit Free Press has a look at how the music industry is taking notice of state incentives: “a little-noticed tax break could help usher in a new era of music-making in Michigan.”

Free Press business reporter Katherine Yung writes that ‘Michigan officials have not promoted it because they have put all of their efforts into growing the state’s film business.