Why Leonardo da Vinci Wrote Backward? | A Piece on Da Vinci “Mirror Writing”

Leonardo tried his hand in a more literal sense than usual: Leonardo, the evidence clearly shows, had a habit of writing backwards, starting at the right...

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Leonardo tried his hand in a more literal sense than usual: Leonardo, the evidence clearly shows, had a habit of writing backwards, starting at the right side of the page and moving to the left. Only when he was writing something intended for other people did he write in the normal direction,” says the Museum of Science. Why...

Rejection Letters Sent to Three Famous Artists: Andy Warhol, Sylvia Plath & Kurt Vonnegut

We’ve all heard that the road to success is paved with failure. But that doesn’t make rejection any easier to swallow. What does help? Knowing that the...

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We’ve all heard that the road to success is paved with failure. But that doesn’t make rejection any easier to swallow. What does help? Knowing that the world’s most talented people have been there, too. Every successful artist must master the art of accepting rejection. 

26-Year-Old Frida Kahlo’s Compassionate Letter to Georgia O’Keeffe after her Nervous Breakdown (1933)

On March 1st, 1933, 26-year-old Mexican painter Frida Kahlo wrote this letter to her fellow artist, 46-year-old Georgia O’Keeffe. Even though the Mexican painter had herself...

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On March 1st, 1933, 26-year-old Mexican painter Frida Kahlo wrote this letter to her fellow artist, 46-year-old Georgia O’Keeffe. Even though the Mexican painter had herself been dealt an unfair hand including a miscarriage

Michelangelo’s Handwritten 16th-Century Grocery List

Here’s a peek at one of his grocery lists. One of the few surviving papers from the 15th and 16th century artist, architect, and poet is...

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Here’s a peek at one of his grocery lists. One of the few surviving papers from the 15th and 16th century artist, architect, and poet is a grocery list he gave to an assistant tasked with fetching his desired foodstuffs. Ever wondered what famous artist Michelangelo ate? It’s separated into three days by horizontal lines, and includes...

Beautiful Postcards Picasso Illustrated & Distributed Among his Friends

Thanks to Picasso’s innate talent in the field of arts, his letters are now considered beautiful and humorous works of art. We are going to...

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Thanks to Picasso’s innate talent in the field of arts, his letters are now considered beautiful and humorous works of art. We are going to share some of the postcards that Picasso sent to his friends, many of which he personally illustrated, quickly dashing off a note or a picture in a loose, wavy script....

Rare Picture of Paul Gauguin Playing the Harmonium/Organ With No Pants

It was 1895, and in the studio of Alphonse Mucha. That’s all the context that we have. We don’t know why Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin took off...

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It was 1895, and in the studio of Alphonse Mucha. That’s all the context that we have. We don’t know why Post-Impressionist painter Paul Gauguin took off his pants.

Rare Photographs of a Very Young Frida Kahlo, Captured by Her Dad

Artist Frida Kahlo is probably best known for her painted self portraits, but she also had a well-documented life on camera. There are hundreds of photographs taken...

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Artist Frida Kahlo is probably best known for her painted self portraits, but she also had a well-documented life on camera. There are hundreds of photographs taken of her as an adult with husband Diego Rivera, but what’s less common are images from her childhood. Witness these photos of young Magdalena Carmen Frieda, taken by her Hungarian...

Leonardo Da Vinci’s to-do List from 1490 makes you Look Like a Pleb

Most people’s to-do lists are, almost by definition, pretty dull, filled with those quotidian little tasks that tend to slip out of our minds. Pick...

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Most people’s to-do lists are, almost by definition, pretty dull, filled with those quotidian little tasks that tend to slip out of our minds. Pick up the laundry. Get that thing for the kid. Buy milk, canned yams and kumquats at the local market. Leonardo, one of the most brilliant men to have ever lived,...

Can You Spot the Secret Moon Maiden? A Wonderful Scientific Map of the Moon from 1679

Map of the Moon by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625-1712), published in 1679. This moon map is famous for details added by Cassini...

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Map of the Moon by the Italian astronomer Giovanni Domenico Cassini (1625-1712), published in 1679. This moon map is famous for details added by Cassini that can be seen in close-up, such as a “Moon Maiden”. The mapping of the Moon with telescopes started with Galileo in 1610, and then developed further during the 17th...

History of Modern Art Visualized in a Massive 130-Foot Timeline

If you visited The Tate Modern in recent years, perhaps you saw the large, 130-foot art installation covering a concourse wall. Created by illustrator Sara Fanelli, the “Tate...

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If you visited The Tate Modern in recent years, perhaps you saw the large, 130-foot art installation covering a concourse wall. Created by illustrator Sara Fanelli, the “Tate Artist Timeline” provided museumgoers with a sprawling roadmap showing the major artistic movements and important artists of the 20th century, moving from Art Nouveau to more contemporary Graffiti Art.    ...

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