10 weird and wonderful wonderful facts about art

Ok, I know I don’t post about art, BUT I did find some weird facts about art. Oh, and you’ll be getting my comments in the brackets.

  1. Art used to be an Olympic event. (oK WOW-)
  2. The Mona Lisa has her own mailbox in the Louvre because of all the love letters she receives. (I’m not surprised, honestly)
  3. The colour wheel predates the United States. (WOW. IT’S ANCIENT. But that’s not saying much, I find everything before my birth ancient)
  4. Artist Willard Wigan once inhaled his own work. (hOW DO YOU INHALE YOUR WORK-) (ok I found this: An artist who creates minuscule sculptures in the eye of a needle accidentally INHALED his latest piece of work. Willard Wigan had taken weeks recreating the Mad Hatter’s Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland, using a tiny diamond cutter and tweezers made from his own eyelashes)
  5. In 2003 street artist Banksy stuck his own work to the wall in the Tate Modern Museum. (#fearless)
  6. When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, the empty space it left on the wall attracted more visitors than the painting had. (Totally defines what I’ve heard millions of times- “People will not see what is there, but what is not there.” I’m pretty sure Mona Lisa is more beautiful than the wall in which she was kept.)
  7. Before he learned to walk, Picasso could draw. The first word he spoke was the Spanish word for pencil. (*sobs in incapability and ordinariness*)
  8. Leonardo da Vinci was a vegetarian and also fought for animal rights. He bought caged birds and then set them free. (Along with being a sculptor, mathematician, painter, polymath, architect, inventor, poet, engineer, anatomist, philosopher, composer, diplomat, astronomer, geologist, physicist, cartographer, chemist and plant biologist, he was also an animal rights activist. Super cool. Living the life. ✌️)
  9. Andy Brown, an English artist, stitched together 1000 used tea bags, to create a portrait of Queen Elizabeth II. (The patience it must have taken, oh gods.)
  10. In 1565, the first pencil was invented in England. (HOW DID PEOPLE DRAW?) (so I found this: The first writings were carved into wood and stone with stone and metal tools. Later we used styluses to write on wax tablets, brushes, chalk, and quills. That must have been super inconvenient.)