The Easel

Eight odd details hidden in masterpieces

If new art is unavailable, then find something new in the old favourites. The curl of hair that Botticelli placed on the shoulder of Venus mimics the logarithmic spiral of a nautilus shell. Turner placed a rabbit in front of a speeding train. And the motifs that Klimt put on the woman’s dress in The Kiss represent petri dishes “pulsing with cells”. “Beauty always contains a touch of strangeness.”