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22 Amazing and Interesting Facts about Art and Artworks | Amazing Facts 4U 

  1. Amazingly the world famous Louvre Museum and Art Gallery in Paris, France was built in 1190 and was used as a fortress.
  2. Linseed oil, the most popular of all oils for painting, comes from the flax seed a common fiber crop.  The linen, a popular oil painting support, is made from the flax plant.
  3. A reliable way of detecting art forgeries is to test for cesium-137 and strontium-90 which can find out the age of the artwork.
  4. The largest art gallery is in St Petersburg Russia with amazing 322 galleries , 15 miles of corridor and 3 million works of art.
  5. In 1962 Leonardo da Vinci’s Mona Lisa was valued at amazing $100 million. It is difficult to estimate it’s value now.
  6. In 1911, Monalisa was stolen from the Louvre museum. In the two years preceding the recovery of the painting, amazingly more than 6 reproductions were sold as being the original.
  7. The Mona Lisa has no eyebrows or eye lashes. It was the fashion in Renaissance Florence Italy to shave them off! 
  8. The Mona Lisa used to be hanged on the wall in Napoleon’s bedroom.
  9. Amazingly X-ray technology has shown there are 3 different versions of the Mona Lisa under the visible one.
  10. Leonardo da Vinci was a left hander and wrote all of his personal notes from right to left, forcing those who read them to use a mirror.
  11. The Renaissance masterpiece “The Pieta” is the only work that Michelangelo ever signed.
  12. Vincent Van Gogh produced more than 2000 works during his life time: 900 paintings and 1100 drawings and sketches.
  13. Amazing fact is that Vincent Van Gogh only sold one painting , “Red Vineyard at Arles” during his whole life.
  14. Lighting on a painting needs to be dimmer at night and brighter during the day.
  15. Fluorescent lighting causes more fading of artwork than incandescent lighting.
  16. Amazingly Roman statues were made with detachable heads, so that one head could be removed and replaced by another.
  17. Amazingly ancient Chinese artists would never paint pictures of women’s feet.
  18. On December 3rd, 1961, Henri Matisse’s painting “Le Bateau” was put right-side up after hanging upside-down amazingly for 46 days without anyone noticing at the Museum of Modern Art in New York before an art student noticed the error.
  19. English artist Andy Brown, created a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II of Britain by stitching together 1,000 used tea bags.
  20. New Jersey has an amazing spoon museum that has over 5400 spoons from across the world.
  21. Micro-sculptor Willard Wigan creates amazing artwork so small that he once inhaled one by accident. He can create a complete artwork in the eye on a needle.
  22. Fact is that art has surpassed the stock market in appreciation over the past twenty years.

By Amazing Facts 4U Team

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