Why is Mona Lisa’s eyebrows are gone? Some claim it was the high-class fashion of the time to pluck hair and remove eyebrows. While others believe it is a proof that the painting was never finished. Who’s right?
Can you look closer? When searching for details in the painting, there are many signs to decode. One is the age of the two figures. One’s holding a dagger where it’s written "AET. SV Æ/ 29 "(he is 29). The other is leaning on a book, by the shelve, where you can read "AETAT/IS SV Æ 25" (his age is 25).
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Did you know that Franz Marc, an Expressionist painter, enlisted in the German Army at the outbreak of the Great War in 1914? He was placed in a military camouflage unit, where he painted canvas covers to hide artillery from aerial observation.
You won’t believe the seven other stories about famous painters at war.
Élisabeth Vigée Le Brun caused a minor public scandal un 1787, with her painting Self-Portait with Her Daughter Julie. She depicted herself smiling with her mouth opened and showing her teeth, which was a direct contravention of traditional painting conventions.
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The Arnolfini portrait still has many secrets. This article will bring you to the universe of this painting, yet still caught up with often incomplete or debated information. Starting from the top signatureto the dog at the bottom.
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There are gods everywhere in the painting, but where they are? You see Venus at first in the middle, goddess of love. There is Zephyr, god of the west wind, blowing Venus to shore. Then one of the Horae, goddesses of the seasons, which offers a cape to clothe Venus.
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Things you never knew you didn't know about Piet Mondrian!
He was a contributor to the De Stijl (The Style) art movement and group, which he co-founded with Theo van Doesburg. Also known as Neoplasticism , this Dutch art movement advocated pure abstraction by a reduction to the essentials of form and color.
Discover six other facts about his life in this blog article.