Interesting facts you probably didn't know about world famous art, paintings (Part 1)
Let's find out interesting crazy random facts about world famous art, artwork, paintings you probably didn't know, from Mona Lisa painting facts, The Scream, Vincent Van Gogh Starry Night, The Last Supper painting to the Thinker statue, David Statue or Michelangelo's David, Les Demoiselles D'avignon. Art facts
Interesting facts about world famous art, statues, paintings
MONA LISA PAINTING
While some claim that Leonardo da Vinci s most famous painting is a self-portrait of the artist himself in drag, research has concluded it is likely a portrait of a woman named Lisa Gherardini, a member of a prominent Florentine family and wife of a wealthy silk merchant. Leonardo’s father allegedly knew Gherardini’s father very well, and the painting was possibly commissioned by him. Mona Lisa painting facts
THE LAST SUPPER
Da Vinci’s other most famous work which can be seen in the Convent of Santa Maria delle Grazie in Milan, Italy originally included Jesus’ feet. But in 1652, while installing a doorway in the refectory where the painting is on view, builders cut into the bottom-center of the mural, lopping off Jesus’ feet.
VINCENT VAN GOGH THE STARRY NIGHT PAINTING
The Starry Night - Art facts
The small town depicted in Vincent van Gogh’s The Starry Night is Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the south of France. Van Gogh painted the work while he was a patient at the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole, a psychiatric hospital in Saint-Rémy. Presently, the hospital has a wing named after the painter.
MICHELANGELO’S DAVID - DAVID STATUE
David Statue - Art facts
The marble slab that was eventually turned into the sculpture of David by Michelangelo in 1504 was cut 43 years earlier for an artist named Agostino di Duccio, who planned to turn it into a statue of Hercules. Di Duccio abandoned his sculpture, which was originally to be installed in a Florentine cathedral, and the marble was unused for 10 years until another sculptor, named Antonio Rossellino, decided to work with it. Rossellino also abandoned his work because he found marble too difficult to sculpt, and eventually Michelangelo began work on his sculpture in 1501.
THE CREATION OF ADAM
Michelangelo painted the fresco ceiling of the Sistine Chapel including the most famous panel called “The Creation of Adam,” which depicts God giving life to the first man entirely standing up. The artist invented a series of scaffolds specially designed to attach to the chapel walls with brackets so he and his assistants could be close enough to the ceiling to reach above their heads to work and paint. Art facts
EDVARD MUNCH THE SCREAM PAINTING
The Scream by Edvard Munch - Art facts
There are technically five separate versions of Expressionist artist Edvard Munch’s most famous work, The Scream. The first two, from 1893 and created with tempera and crayon on cardboard, are located in the National Gallery in Oslo and the Munch Museum, respectively. A privately owned third version created in 1895 with pastels recently sold for nearly $120 million at auction. Yet another version from 1895 is a black and white lithograph. A final version, done in 1910 by Munch due to the popularity of the previous incarnations, is also held in the Munch Museum, and it made headlines in recent years for being stolen in 2004 and recovered in 2006.
LES DEMOISELLES D'AVIGNON
Picasso’s abstract depiction of five Barcelona prostitutes was deemed immoral when it debuted at the artist’s studio in 1907. Picasso created over 100 preliminary sketches and studies before setting his vision down on canvas, and in previous incarnations the figure at the far left was a man.
THE THINKER STATUE
The Thinker Statue
Though there are now dozens of casts of Auguste Rodin’s famous sculpture The Thinker around the world, it had a much smaller origin. Rodin originally created a 70cm version in 1880 as the central component to a bigger sculptural work called “The Gates of Hell.” Inspired by Dante’s Inferno, the piece—first called The Poet—was conceived as a representation of Dante himself. The re-dubbed sculpture was exhibited on its own in 1888, then was enlarged to the depiction we know it today in 1904.
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