Most people around the world have heard of the genius Leonardo da Vinci. Rising to prominence during the European Renaissance, da Vinci was an Italian polymath, and is widely regarded as one of the most intelligent and creative human beings in recorded history.
Censorship in the artwork world was very much alive in 2017. Though most of the exhibitions and infractions mentioned occurred in locations where censorship is common, it shines the spotlight on how how censorship in the art world has continued to increase.
Creators of controversial artwork like to provoke their audiences. They boldly go in opposition of the norm or depict subjects that are viewed taboo.
These artworks are often banned, damaged, or publicly scorned. They have left a mark in the history books and have paved the way forward for freedom of expression and inspiring all throughout the centuries.
Artists are known for their incredible creativity, using their natural talents to gift the world with unique and original works, and sometimes the work is so one-of-a-kind that it ends up changing the world. Like many other kinds of artists, painters and sculptors are known for often dying long before their time. This can sometimes be due to simple disease, but many take their own lives, as mental illness is tied deeply with intense creativity.
Alexander the Great was known for conquering the world and creating the city of Alexandria, which would become the greatest city of its time, and would be home to the greatest library of the ancient world, a hub for learning and knowledge. After 7 centuries, the library was destroyed, and the world fell into the Dark Ages.
There’s nothing quite as satisfying as finally putting your pottery piece on display for the world to see. Of course, this comes after a lengthy process of patiently forming the clay before baking it and applying paint or glaze to finish it off.
Oil paints offer artists a sense of uncompromised freedom when it comes to painting their unique creations. This is due to the delayed drying time presented by using the medium. Unlike acrylic paints, oil paints take longer to dry which capacity you can consistently work on your piece without worrying about the paint drying.
As an artist, there are so many things that need to be considered before you can even start working on your masterpiece. To start with, what surface or material will you be painting, will you be drawing a pencil sketch before painting and, more importantly, what type of paint should be used when doing so?
Mankind has long had a fascination with the theatrical. From the ancient Egyptians to the ancient Romans, putting on live performances was a way to keep the people entertained, especially during years when life was difficult for the public. Not only did it improve morale, but it added a layer of culture to the region that was missing beforehand.
Art holds a special place in humanities collective consciousness – and while most people have decidedly different styles when it comes to favourite paintings, there’s a consensus as to works of art that transcend timelines and histories to become classics, like the Mona Lisa.
Below is the interesting history of how the Mona Lisa became the iconic image it is today – due to its untimely theft which propelled it into international fame.