A few amusing facts from the art world you probably didn’t know

August 21, 2017

Art is everywhere, everyone is an artist. And there is so much to learn about the world of art! But we want you to just take a break and read this fun list of curious observations.

Learning art correlates strongly with your achievements in math and reading.

Have you ever told yourself that you are either a humanitarian or a math person? Well, the facts tell otherwise: if you are good at art, there is a high probability you are also good at math or other technical sciences. Researchers find that learning art correlates strongly with higher achievement in math and reading. So, if you learn art at school it will apparently help with algebra!

Roman statues were made with detachable heads, so that one head could be removed and replaced by another.

#amazinghistoryfact right here! It must have seemed very practical for the ancient sculptors not to make a separate bust for every emperor, but to wait for him to be killed and create only a head instead. Handy, huh?

Picasso could draw before he could walk, and his first word was the Spanish word for pencil.

Or at least this is what his mother told. Already when he was 13, Picasso’s father, a painter himself, saw his drawing of a pigeon and concluded that his son had surpassed him.

Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian and animal rights activist. He bought caged birds and set them free.

There was Greenpeace in every epoch.

In 1961, Henri Matisse’s painting Le Bateau was hung upside down at New York’s Museum of Modern Art for 46 days before anyone noticed.

*ouch*

When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, the empty space it left on the wall attracted more visitors than the painting had.

Sometimes it is hard to explain people’s behaviour.

Anish Kapoor has recently received has his £350,000 in damages after an art storage company mistook one piece of work for rubbish and threw it away.

Art or not? One cannot deceive storage company workers. Or can you? And should you understand art to love it? Modern art poses more questions than clear answers.

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