10 Mysterious Secrets Hidden In Famous Works Of Art.
There’s no doubt that art is beautiful. No one would ever deny that a Picasso or a van Gogh was a masterpiece. But art is so much more than that. It’s is like a temporal and cultural fingerprint that identifies what the artist and the people of the country they represent were like in a specific time period. Now most of us are familiar with artwork like Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel. But most of us should take a little more time looking at the small details of these famous pieces because there are hidden gems behind each work of art.
The Sistine Chapel by Michelangelo in 1512 is a depiction of Genesis which seems easy to understand.
But many people think that Michelangelo, the master of human anatomy, was trying to tell us something. In the area where God touches Adam with his fingers, it seems like God is tapping into his brain. If this interpretation is accurate, then Michelangelo was likely saying that God gave Adam life as well as the gift of free will so he could make his own decisions.
There’s more to the Arnolfini Portrait painted by Jan van Eyck in 1434 than most of you realize.
Most art enthusiasts focus on the painting of Italian merchant Giovanni di Nicolao Arnolfini and his wife. But while the use of space and lighting is impressive, there’s something most people miss. Take a look at the mirror’s reflection. It shows two figures in the doorway. Many believe that one of those figures is Jan van Eyck, who may have portrait-bombed his work.
Jan van Eyck
In 1498, Leonardo da Vinci painted The Last Supper, which proved a bread roll isn’t just a bread roll.
Da Vinci was more than an artist. He was a scientist, an inventor, and a musician, too, which is why you should take a look the bread rolls on his masterpiece’s table. A modern-day musician realized if you draw a musical staff’s five lines across the painting, the rolls in combination with the hands of the apostle turn into musical notes, which allegedly translate into a 40-second song.
Leonardo da Vinci
Pieter Bruegel the Elder gifted us with the Netherlandish Proverbs in 1559 that left some of us baffled.
Bruegel was known for his illustrative peasant and landscape scenes, but the Netherlandish Proverbs gave so much for people to identify, so it’s easy to see why some folks might have missed a few proverbs in illustrative form. Some of these might include "let the chips fall where they may," “to keep one’s eye on the sail,” “toss feathers into the wind,” and “to be a pillar biter,” all of which reflect human absurdity.
Pieter Bruegel the Elder
Hieronymus Bosch’s The Garden of Earthly Delights in 1515 is a mesh of highly detailed themes.
There are religious, historical and other human elements in the mix like a cross between bliss and distress which could depict elements of heaven on the left and hell on the right panel. In fact, there’s a figure holding sheet music while being tormented. The translated version of the sheet music has some folks calling the notes “the butt-song from hell.”
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