Daily Doodle just reached 2,000 followers! Hello everyone. As always when the blog reaches a milestone, I like to break the Daily Doodling posts up with a bonus post to celebrate.
This time I was racking my brain about what I could do and I thought I would share the other love of my life – mildly interesting, but ultimately useless facts. So straight from wikiphoebia, here is 20 facts about art, artists and creativity to feed your brain:
- Roman statues were made with detachable heads.
- Leonardo Da Vinci was a vegetarian, along with Mary Shelley, George Bernard Shaw, Albert Einstein and Pythagoras. In fact vegetarianism was previously more commonly known as the ‘pythagorean diet’ up until the 1800.
- An image of the brain is thought to have been incorporated by Michael Angelo in the shape surrounding God in the creation of Adam. This could have been his concession to science and man’s own consciousness as playing a role in religion.
- Leonardo Da Vinci spent 12 years painting the Mona Lisa’s lips.
- Pablo Picasso was detained as a possible suspect for the theft of the Mona Lisa in 1911.
- It’s thought that 72% of people have a creative insight while in the shower. Also while you are there one of the reasons you sound so good is that the warm, moist air loosens your vocal chords.
- The longest poem ever written is the “Mahabharata” an ancient Indian epic poem, which contains 1.8 million words.
- Sarcasm increases creative thinking. Sarcasm is now proven to boost creative thought by stimulating abstract thinking.
- The Statue of Liberty is the largest hammered copper statue in the world. If you look at her base you can see she is standing on chains, her creator meant this to be a celebration of freedom from slavery through democracy.
- From 1912-1948, the Olympic Games awarded medals for artworks inspired by sport.
- The Oxford dictionary offers 12 definitions for art.
- Gustav Klimt used cat urine as a fixative.
- Dutch painter Rembrandt’s miserly ways were so well known that his students played trick on him by painting coins on the floor, which their master naturally stooped to pick up.
- For most of history, smiling in a painting or photo was considered radical, and even Mark Twain once wrote, “A photograph is a most important document, and there is nothing more damning to go down to posterity than a silly, foolish smile caught and fixed forever.”
- By comparing the relative lengths of certain fingers researchers determined that three-quarters of the handprints were likely to have been female in pre-historic cave paintings.
- Monet suffered from cataracts which caused his eyes to see more blue. This can be seen as his paintings progressed through the years. Upon realising that he had not been able to capture to true colour spectrum due to his disease he destroyed many of his paintings, making his work from this period incredibly rare (and later) extremely valuable.
- Caravaggio had a violent temper and he often got into fight and even killed a man in 1606 and then fled to Rome. Later he had a death warrant issued for him by the Pope.
- After Vincent Van Gough died, his brother’s wife collected all of his paintings and letters and dedicated herself to getting his work the fame he deserved.
- Vincent Van Gough sold only one painting during his life time.
- O’Keeffe customised her car so that she should paint inside her Model-A Ford instead of in the desert sun. Though she is known for her close-up artworks of flowers, they only make up approximately 200 of her more than 2,000 paintings.
I hope some of these facts have surprised you and inspired some curiosity in you and in doing so have made you want to create something great!
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