Seven interesting facts about art for every art student
Art history is full of crazy stories and fascinating facts, which makes it interesting but makes it difficult to determine what is fact and fiction. These amazing facts are things you have hopefully never heard of before. In this article, we’ve listed some fun facts that you don’t hear every day. Good reading.
1. Art was once an Olympic event
The Olympics weren’t always about sports. The founder of the modern Games, Baron Pierre de Coubertin, was enamored with the idea that the true Olympian should be an artist and a sportsman. Thus, around 1912 and 1948, medals were awarded for masterpieces of sculpture, painting, literature and architecture.
2. Roman statues were made with detachable heads
This not only comes in the line of amazing art facts but also amazing historical facts. Roman statues were made with detachable heads so one could be removed and replaced with another. It seemed quite practical for the ancient sculptors not to make separate busts but to wait for different emperors to be killed and to create only one head. Pretty handy, right?
3. In the top 25 of the most expensive paintings, 5 of them are by Picasso
Have you ever wondered who is the best painter? Or do you ever think if money really talks in the case of art? Well, in most cases it’s not, but painters like Picasso, Pallock and Van Gogh definitely dominate the top 25 most expensive paintings in the world.
4. Henri Matisse’s painting hanging upside down
Yes, you read that right. In 1961, Henri Matisse’s painting The Boat hung upside down in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. It took about 46 days before anyone noticed.
5. When the Mona Lisa was stolen, the empty wall attracted more visitors
The Mona Lisa has been in the Louvre since 1797 but disappeared for a time in 1911. The masterpiece was stolen by an Italian Louvre employee. But the empty space he left on the wall surprisingly attracted more visitors than the painting had.
6. Learning Art is Strongly Correlated to Your Achievements in Math and Reading
Have you ever wondered if you were a mathematician or a humanitarian? Well, studies have shown that if you’re good at art, chances are you’ll be good at math or any other technical science. Researchers find that art is strongly correlated with high scores in reading and math. How cool is that!
7. Picasso knew how to draw before he could walk
This is certainly an interesting fact about Picasso! Picasso could draw before he could walk, and his first word was the Spanish word for pencil. What was Lápiz and then the rest is history.