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The Strangest Paintings Ever Created

Most paintings are created with a basic idea or theme in mind; and while the viewer is often left to make up their own mind about what’s going on, there’s usually at least some kind of context available in the work for their imagination to leverage off of.

This isn’t always the case, however, and some works of art are so strange and out of touch with reality that they make almost no sense whatsoever to the viewer, if any at all.

Well Known Paintings With Hidden Meanings

Artists are the true definition of the creative type, with their minds, passions, fears, doubts, and hearts sprawled across their canvases. And it’s not that surprising to learn that an artist might add a hidden image or text to a piece that they’re working on – as an expression of themselves, it makes sense that they would want their viewers to question every inch of their work.

Art Plundered By The Axis

World War 2 was arguably the most violent time in human history, where countless millions lost their lives, entire cities were destroyed, and humanity lost tremendous amounts of history and culture. In particular was the amount of artwork that was plundered during the reign of the Nazis and their war machine, where they took thousands of pieces from museums and collections from around Europe and locked them away for much of the conflict.

Famed Artworks That Were Never Completed

When we look at the world’s most well known paintings, such as the Mona Lisa, we see a piece that must have taken countless hours to complete in its entirety. It’s understood that a painting can’t really be put into a museum until it has been finished, and that an incomplete piece of art will usually be locked away until later down the road.

The World’s Most Famous Religious Artworks

Religion has shaped the very nature of our societies for countless centuries, and artists from around the world and from different religions have always been passionate about what they follow, and many have devoted hundreds of hours into creating unique pieces of art that captured how they felt about their faith.

From the incredible symmetry in Islam to the cathedrals of Catholicism, religious pieces of artwork tend to be some of the best and most intricate to be found anywhere.

What Made Jackson Pollock So Special?

Jackson Pollock has been called by many one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. There are also many out there that call him simply lucky because the world was open to his style of painting at the time. Then there are those who believe he is a fraud and he merely exposed how gullible the world can be, especially in the art communities.

History’s Most Notorious Art Forgeries

Not many people know that before Michelangelo become the embodiment of the Renaissance movement, he was no more than a common art forger. This was long before he grew into the magnificent force and leading sculptor of his time.

In 1496, when Michelangelo was only 21, he sculpted from marble a sleeping figure closely resembling Cupid. He then treated the marble so that it would resemble the ancient Roman statutes that sold for small fortunes to the collectors of the time. His deceiving creation was eventually sold via well-known art dealer of the time Baldassare del Milanese to none other than Cardinal Raffaele Riaro.