The Impressionists were once called lunatics, but now they are some of the most beloved artists. See the paintings that have been shocking and delighting audiences for years in “Discovering the Impressionists: Paul Durand-Ruel and the New Painting.”

“The Artist’s Garden in Argenteuil (A Corner of the Garden with Dahlias), 1873, by Claude Monet (Lent by the National Gallery of Art, Washington, DC: Gift of Janice H. Levin, in Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the National Gallery of Art)

The Queen of Uxmal
This sculpture , popularly known as The Queen of Uxmal , actually shows a young man . It comes from the façade of a building found under The Pyramid of the Magician in the city of Uxmal , Yucatan .

Liverpool’s World Museum is uncovering the world of the ancient Mayas this week in a major free exhibition of treasures direct from Mexico,

Mayas: revelation of an endless time, which opened on Friday, is the flagship exhibition in the nationwide cultural programme for the Year of Mexico in the UK, with Liverpool the only place to host the show in the country.

And with almost 400 stunning objects, it’s also the biggest temporary exhibition ever staged by National Museums Liverpool.

The artworks, brought together from various historic sites and institutions in Mexico, were previously shown in Mexico City, Sao Paolo in Brazil and Paris.

The ancient Maya kingdoms stretched from eastern Mexico to modern day Guatemala, Belize and into western Honduras and El Salvador, from 1000BC to 1542.

Colin Gould

Google search of the day: spirit photography. In this 19th century trend, Spiritualists used a clever double-exposure technique to trick people into thinking they were looking at an image of a ghost. See it for yourself in “Adventures in Photography: Gifts from Harvey S. Shipley Miller.”

Spirit photograph,” c. 1900, attributed to H. Blackwell