When Pablo Picasso and Guillaume Apollinaire Were Accused of Stealing the Mona Lisa (1911)

On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from Paris’s Louvre Museum. It was a Monday, the museum was closed and security was minimal and the thief had reportedly...

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On August 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from Paris’s Louvre Museum. It was a Monday, the museum was closed and security was minimal and the thief had reportedly spent the weekend plotting the heist while hiding in one of the museum’s closets. At the time, security at the Louvre was abysmal. There were less than 150 security personnel...

Leonardo da Vinci’s Handwritten Resume (1482) With English Translation

We know that Michelangelo wrote grocery lists; now we have evidence that Leonardo wrote resumes. “Before he was famous, before he painted the Mona Lisa and...

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We know that Michelangelo wrote grocery lists; now we have evidence that Leonardo wrote resumes. “Before he was famous, before he painted the Mona Lisa and the Last Supper, before he invented the helicopter, before he drew the most famous image of man, before he was all of these things, Leonardo da Vinci was an artificer,...

Camille Claudel in 5 Famous Sculptures

There are two dimensions to our interest in the work of Camille Claudel. One is the appreciation of her sublime creativity, the other, slightly darker, has...

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There are two dimensions to our interest in the work of Camille Claudel. One is the appreciation of her sublime creativity, the other, slightly darker, has an element of voyeurism. While her talent received limited recognition in her lifetime, the revival of the attention in her career was fuelled in large part by her notorious association...

Dramatic “Know Where You Stand” Photo Collaboration by Seth Taras

Seth Taras, a self-taught American artist, was hired by The History Channel for the campaign, “Know Where You Stand.” He was joined by Ground Zero Advertising...

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Seth Taras, a self-taught American artist, was hired by The History Channel for the campaign, “Know Where You Stand.” He was joined by Ground Zero Advertising Agency His pictures show modern scenes spliced with historical photographs!  The series acts as a reminder of the past’s significance in our everyday lives, and the important role history plays in...

The World’s Oldest Art Studio Was Discovered in This Ethiopian Cave 43000 years ago!

For 4,500 years, ancient humans kept on coming back to one cave in Ethiopia. It’s a roomy enclosure at the base of a limestone cliff,...

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For 4,500 years, ancient humans kept on coming back to one cave in Ethiopia. It’s a roomy enclosure at the base of a limestone cliff, but its natural qualities were only one part of the story. People used the cave to store reddish stones rich in iron oxide, and then they turned those stones into different...

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....

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