Here are Some Interesting Details about World Famous Art Pieces
Does art excite you? I am not talking about any particular form of art, just art in general.
Keep on reading if it does, because this article is going to unravel a lot of interesting and fun stuff about famous pieces of art which you may or may not know.
The “Da Vinci Code”
The Last Supper is undoubtedly Da Vinci’s greatest artistic creation. This world famous mural has garnered immense praise from art critics, as well as from ordinary people.
But that’s not the only thing about it, deserving of a mention here.
The painting, many believe, contains codified messages. Ostensibly, the message of the painting is to remember the sacrifices Jesus made for our sin. But allegedly there are some secret messages contained in the painting. It was the theme of Dan Brown’s best-selling book. The book may have been a work of fiction, but some sources confirmed there was indeed a holy grail, as claimed by the author. And the hidden messages have something to do with that.
A group of researchers found convincing proof that Da Vinci embedded occult symbols into the mural. You can watch this video on YouTube that shows strange faces appear when the painting is inverted and merged with the original painting.
Sounds far fetched? May be, but you have to agree these are all fascinating details.
The women of Avignon
Originally known as Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, the painting is regarded Picasso’s best work. Picasso was only 26 year old when he completed the painting and it took him more than six months. The painting turned many heads; it also established Cubism in the art circles. It was probably the first time geometry shared space with raw emotions.
On the face of it, the painting boils down to bending lines haphazardly distorting the space. The style is simplistic but the faces of the women depicted are quite expressive. Especially, the last two women whose faces resembling African masks.
Picasso later said that he subconsciously associated fear and hostility with masks of African origin. In Les Demoiselles d’Avignon, the masked faces created a sharp contrast with two other women in the middle who look more feminine and welcoming.
Some claimed it signifies metamorphosis, not contrast. Some even claimed the painting was a self-portrait. Just how many themes this celebrated art piece combines is still a mystery.
Beethoven’s Fur Elise
If only our ears had taste buds, then Fur Elise would’ve tasted sweeter than honey crumbs.
Often dubbed as the greatest melody ever written, Beethoven’s Fur Elise takes listeners to a heavenly abode, giving them a taste of pure, unadulterated joy.
The origin of this melody is shrouded in mystery. What motivated Beethoven to create such a great piece of art is still up for discussion. There are couple of contradictory theories out there – they all agree that Beethoven was infatuated by a woman and that infatuation served as his inspiration for composing Fur Elise.
When it comes the identity of the woman, these theories contradict. Some believe her name was Elise. It’s true that Beethoven got acquainted with a woman name Elisabeth Rockel, few years before he composed Fur Elise, but it’s not clear whether Elisabeth was the Elise. According to some sources, she was.
Other sources held Elise was a woman named Therese Malfatti. She didn’t reciprocate Beethoven’s love and later, as an artistic memoir of his undying love, Beethoven composed the romantic melody.
The Thinker statue
The Thinker is the legendary work of sculptor Auguste Rodin. The are very few works in the history of sculpting that match its brilliance. Do you know the statue was originally called “The Poet?” The name was given by Rodin himself. Some claimed The Thinker is a portrayal of Dante. Some theorized it’s a self-sculpting statue. Rodin wanted to show the world his pensive side. Others opined The Thinker is Adam in the bible, deeply contemplating the consequences of his relegation to mortality.
Style-wise, The Thinker is a reminiscence of Michelangelo’s nude display of heroism and masculinity. The influence of michelangelo’s works is quite strong on The Thinker, but even then, the statue conserved Rodin’s originality in the form of posture and expression. The expression on the face and the posture are strangely aligned. The side view induces pessimism in the viewer whereas the face has a contemplative expression on it – two distinct emotions that often converge.
So, did you like the stuff discussed here? Pardon me if you found it too heavy. Understand we were talking about art and art is not everyone’s cup of tea. If you liked the article and the fun facts shared here, great! You’ll see more like this in the future. If not, well, at least now you know more about art, right?