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The Last Judgement by Michelangelo was altered after it was painted. What was changed?
Genitals were hidden. It took Michaelangelo seven years to complete the fresco on the altar wall of the Sistine Chapel. Once completed, the depiction of Christ and the Virgin Mary naked was considered sacrilegious, and some cardinals campaigned to have the fresco removed or censored, but the Pope resisted. Eventually, it was decided to obscure the genitals.
Two of Goya's best known paintings are The Nude Maja and The Clothed Maja. Who was Maja?
It is not known. The identity of the Maja is uncertain The most popularly cited models are the Duchess of Alba, with whom Goya was sometimes thought to have had an affair, and Pepita Tudó, mistress of Manuel de Godoy. Neither theory has been verified, and it remains as likely that the paintings represent an idealized composite.
Who painted The Card Players, one the most expensive works of art ever sold?
Paul Cézanne. The Card Players is a series of five oil paintings by Paul Cézanne. One version of The Card Players was sold in 2011 to the Royal Family of Qatar for a price variously estimated at between $250 million and $300 million, making it (then) the most expensive work of art ever sold.
Why is this famous painting called "The Night Watch"?
By mistake. Rembrandt painted the large painting The Militia Company of Captain Frans Banning Cocq between 1640 and 1642. In the 18th century the picture was called The Night Watch, because it was so dimmed and defaced that it looked quite like a night scene. After it was cleaned, it was discovered to represent the broad day.
Who painted No. 5, 1948?
Jackson Pollock. No. 5, 1948 is a painting by Jackson Pollock, which was sold for $140M in 2006, making it (then) the most expensive piece of art ever sold. In 1949, right after the painting was sold by Pollock to Alfonso Ossorio, the painting became damaged during the moving process. Pollock patched the painting before it went to Ossorio saying “He’ll never know, never know”.
Who painted the Arnolfini Portrait?
Jan van Eyck. The painting is rich in symbolism. The mirror in the centre of the painting reveals numerous interesting details: in the reflection the table is empty, and the two figures are not holding their hands anymore.
Who was the first (chronologically) great artist that contributed to the Italian Renaissance?
Giotto. It has been said that Giotto was the first real painter, like Adam was the first man. Living in the late Middle Ages (died 1337), he broke with the prevalent Byzantine style and introduced the technique of drawing accurately from life.
What is special about Mona Lisa?
She has no eyebrows. Shaved eyebrows were considered very fashionable at that time in Florence.