14 Now-You-Know Facts From Art History

Art is more than something pretty to look at. It's also something really weird to read about. Here are 14 fun facts pulled from history about the art world, to impress your next date at the art museum. 

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Leonardo Da Vinci was a wedding planner for four years The seating for The Last Supper mirrors his layout for the wedding of the Duke of Milan Leonardo. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Atlas Obscura

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Roy Lichtenstein directly reproduced from comic artists DONT CADE ID DATHER SINK THAN CAtt BRAD FOR HELP His paintings sell for milliions, while the original artists struggled to make end's meet. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Smithsonian

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When Dali's remains were exhumed, his mustache was still perfectly intact His body was removed for DNA samples for a paternity case, 28 years after his death. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: NPR

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Picasso was once suspected of stealing the Mona Lisa in 1911. One of Picasso's friends had sold him art stolen from the Louvre before and reported him to the police. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Mental Floss

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Before he was an artist, Jeff Koons was a commodities broker on Wall Street In case you needed more reasons to dislike him, Koons made bank before he made millions off his art. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Complex

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Basquiat was in Blondie's music video for Rapture. Debbie Harry bought Basquiat's first painting for $200. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Sotheby's

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Rembrandt's Portrait of Jacob de Gheyn lIl has been stolen 4 times The 9x12 inch painting has been nicknamed the takeaway Rembrandt' as its small size has led to its numerous thefts. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: The Art Newspaper

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A computer can tell a real Jackson Pollock from a fake It has 93% accuracy. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Smithsonian

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A man punched a hole through a $10 million Monet painting He was sentenced to 5 years in prison. He is banned from art galleries until 15 months after his release. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Art Net

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Manet's A Bar at the Folies-Bergere is one of the first cases of product placement. The labels on the bar show that they're from Bass Brewery. Art critics believe it's a negative commentary on consumer culture. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Artsy

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A stolen Degas painting was found in a suitcase on a bus. Worth almost a million dollars, no one on the bus claimed the painting, stolen nine years prior. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: BBC

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The MoMA hung a painting upside down for 47 days before someone realized INCORRECT CORRECT A visitor was one who caught the wrong orientation of Matisse's Le Bateau. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Art Net

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Michelangelo hid underground for three months While avoiding the wrath of the Pope, the artist doodled on the walls of a room underneath the Medici Chapel. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Atlas Obscura

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Vincent van Gogh's gun sold for $182,000 The weapon believed to be used in his suicide sold for double what was expected. NOW YOU KNOW CRACKED COM

Source: Art Net