Wednesday, May 22, 2013


Did you know....?

Leonardo da Vinci spent 12 years painting the Mona Lisa's lips.

The world famous Louve Museum and Art Gallery in Paris, France was built in 1190 and was used as a fortress.

Monet's father disapproved of his painting, he wanted him to be a grocer.

Henri Matisse's painting, "La Bateau"  hung upside down for 46 days in the Museum of Modern Art, New York, before being noticed and turned right side up.

There is a portrait or silhouette of Salvador Dali in every one of his paintings.

In 1961, Georges Braque was the first living artist to have his work exhibited in the Louve.

Pablo Picasso loved animals.  Through his adult life he owned a pet monkey, an owl, a goat, a turtle, and packs of dogs and cats.  He was known to leave his studio windows open and to paint the pigeons that flew through.

Leonardo da Vinci invented high heels.

People have been painting things for 20,000 years, but it wasn't until 1880 that you could purchase ready mixed paints.

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