Facts about art. The word “Novella “has Latin roots: it means” case”,”history”. The oldest known novel was written in the nineteenth century by a Japanese woman. This story tells about the adventures of a wandering Prince contains 600 thousand words and is written in Japanese, although at that time the official language of Japan it was Chinese.
Henri Matisse’s painting “the Boat”hung in the Museum of modern art in new York. For 47 days, none of the 116,000 visitors to the Museum noticed that it was hanging upside down! Finally, there was one schoolboy who noticed this.
The printing press was invented in Germany in the fifteenth century by Gutenberg. In order to print the Bible in two volumes (1284 pages), he had to work continuously for three years. In total, he printed 200 books, of which only 47 have survived to this day. Fortunately, books are printed much faster today!
Books about the adventures of Harry Potter read almost all the children of the world. However, many adults consider this book unsuitable for children. In some schools in the US and Australia, Harry Potter books are even banned for children. Do these adults really believe that witches and wizards really exist?
In ancient times, Chinese painters never depicted women’s feet.
The largest art gallery in the world is located in Russia, in the city of St. Petersburg, in the Hermitage. It has 322 halls, where about three million masterpieces of fine art are collected. It is absolutely impossible to see all the exhibits in one day.
Few people on Earth today have the means to purchase paintings by Vincent van Gogh. During his lifetime, this Dutch artist was able to sell only one of his paintings, and the buyer was his brother, the owner of an art gallery.
Ancient Roman sculptors sculpted their statues so that they could replace their heads if necessary. In addition to making it easier to make statues and move them from place to place, there was no difficulty in replacing one head with another – for example, when a character died or fell into disgrace. Oh, how cunning the Romans were!
In some night clubs in Nairobi (Kenya), musicians play locked on stage in a metal cage. The fact is that these musicians are not able to buy their own instruments and rent them from the owners of the club. Fearing that the musicians will evaporate along with their tools, the owners lock them in a cage just in case.
All his life, the pianist and composer frédéric Chopin wore a beard only on one side of his face. He thought that this was enough, because the audience at concerts always saw him from one side.
The longest piano piece consists of only 180 notes, but according to the idea of the author Eric Sati, the composition should be repeated 840 times in a row, so that in General the work lasts 18 hours and 40 minutes. During the first public performance of this piece in 1963, 10 pianists were invited to play in turn. At the end of the performance, there were only six people left in the audience, one of them shouted: “More!» I wonder if it’s a joke or a serious one.
Once in the United States, Comedy was considered a genre so low that the police arrested English actors who came to play in the theater.
In the late sixteenth and early seventeenth century, all female roles in Shakespeare’s plays were played by men. Women were not allowed to go on stage in those days.
The author of the Harry Potter book J. K. Rowling receives 100 thousand euros a week for his works and is today the most purchased author in the world after Shakespeare.
Vincent van Gogh’s paintings have a lot of yellow. Researchers say that this addiction to yellow, which appeared by the way and inopportunely, was due to the fact that van Gogh did not distinguish colors – he was colorblind.
The English playwright William Shakespeare must have been very fond of animals: his works feature 180 different types of animals (both real and fictional).
Using x-rays, it was discovered that three other versions of the same painting were hidden under the portrait of the Mona Lisa.
Hitler did a lot of painting in his spare time, but never achieved any success in this field. He wasn’t even accepted into the Academy because he couldn’t draw a human body.
A significant number of natural dyes are animal products. So, the octopus produces a dark brown dye (Sepia), which is now used for the manufacture of watercolor paints. Ecarlate (bright red paint) is obtained by pulping dried female scale insects (of cochinilla). Until 1908, some shades of yellow paint were made from the urine of cows that were fed mango leaves. However, the smell of this dye was not the best and now it is used infrequently.
Many composers had their own habits. For example, J. S. Bach wrote “in the name of Jesus” on most of his scores, and Beethoven poured a mug of cold water over his head before starting to compose. He seriously believed that it helps the creative process. Maybe you should try this method on yourself?
The sculptor Rodin died in 1915 from cold: the French government refused him financial assistance. At the same time, the sculptures he created stood in well-heated museums.
The smallest painting known in the history of painting was painted by a Flemish artist on a grain of corn. The picture shows a Miller and his mill.
Once Charlie Chaplin participated in a competition of his doubles. But the victory did not go to him: he took only the third place!
In many cities around the world, you can see stone or bronze equestrian statues. Not everyone knows that if a horse threw its front legs up, it means that the rider was killed in battle. If the horse raised only one leg, then the rider died from wounds received in battle. And if the horse is standing on the ground with all four feet, the rider died a natural death.
Drawings and engravings on the walls of the Lascaux cave, famous throughout the world, date back to the fifteenth Millennium BC, but were discovered only in 1940. Two boys climbed into the cave in search of their dog, which fell there through a hole in the upper vault. Tourists who now visit the cave are never shown the original images: they are shown only copies, masterfully reproduced on the walls of the neighboring room.