Theatre is one of the oldest forms of entertainment, dating back thousands of years. Today, theatre is bigger than ever before, with millions around the world enjoying a massive variety of productions, from local community centres to huge plays on Broadway. Some of these productions have been so successful in their long runs that they’ve brought in billions of dollars in some cases.
Throughout history, there have been works of art that have stood out for being important for a number of reasons: what they symbolise, where they were made, the inspiration behind them, and more. We take a look at five of the most famous sculptures that have inspired the world and elicit awe in all who see them.
Salvador Dali is arguably the world’s most iconic and well-known surrealist painter. His artistic prowess ranged from classic painting and sculpture to photography, multimedia work, collaborations with other artists, film, and performance art.
In 2017, Salvator Mundi – a painting by art icon Leonardo da Vinci – sold for a record-breaking sum of $450 million at Christie’s Auction House. The sale price more than doubled its previous record; $179.4 million for a Picasso painting in 2015.
When an artist says that they are prepared to bleed for their art, most people probably assume that he or she is speaking figuratively. However, as several artists have proved over time, some of them mean it literally – and they do not stop at using blood.
Often using their bodies as the canvas or the medium, performance artists are known for challenging, inspiring, and sometimes controversial performances. Whether they seek to question accepted norms or to comment on a socio-political situation, the most noteworthy artists embody their craft in unforgettable ways.
There are few things that are quite as sad as losing a true work of art to either a natural disaster, a fire, or even war. Over the last few centuries, there have been a number of pieces of art that have been lost to the ages; pieces that we will never be able to get back, but that many still remember.
Although they can never truly be brought back, we can learn from the loss and ensure that future and current works of art are never lost again, and that they are always preserved well.
Art is a subjective medium, and everyone has their own opinions when it comes to any piece of art. Some art, however, along with its artists, was so influential that it essentially changed the course of the art world forever. These are artists that spent their entire lives honing their skills and creating works that would go on to mystify people even hundreds of years later.