10 Mysterious Secrets Hidden In Famous Works Of Art.
There’s more than meets the eye in Vincent van Gogh’s 1888 painting of Café Terrace at Night.
It might seem like a depiction of a lovely night in France. But van Gogh was very religious and there are many hidden holy references in this art piece. There are 12 people sitting together much like da Vinci’s The Last Supper. The central figure has long hair and is wearing white like Christ. And the dark shadow looming in the doorway could be Judas.
Vincent Van Gogh
Hans Holbein’s 1533 painting of The Ambassadors appeared to show two men who were happy.
But while Holbein’s interpretation made it appeared that the ambassadors were healthy and certainly enjoying their wealth and success, he added a skull. It’s located at the bottom of the floor and was an ode to the Latin phrase “memento mori” which means “remember you will die.” The painting was a reminder that no matter how rich you are, death will come.
Hans Holbein the Younger
Diego Rivera’s 1943 painting of Man, Controller of the Universe, was destroyed and then recreated.
Rivera recreated the mural in Mexico City after Nelson Rockefeller, the man who commissioned him to paint the mural “Man at the Crossroads” had it destroyed. The reason Rockefeller turned on Rivera was that Rivera added a portrait of communist revolutionary Vladimir Lenin to the mural. Rockefeller was also unhappy because a panel was added to the mural of Rockefeller's father that was unflattering. So, in revenge, Rivera recreated the mural and painted Rockefeller’s dad under the visual insinuation he had syphilis standing next to a woman that represents a prostitute.
Leonardo da Vinci’s The Mona Lisa has been talked about, memed about, and sung about since 1503.
But there’s something most art enthusiasts haven’t noticed about the painting, particularly in Mona Lisa’s right eye which has da Vinci’s initials “LV.” But something else was found in 2015. A French scientist used reflective light technology to discover another woman underneath the original painting. Many believe that the other woman may have been da Vinci’s original draft of the Mona Lisa.
Leonardo da Vinci
Michelangelo’s 17-foot-tall statue of David is recognized as an impressive historical sculpture.
He created it in 1504, and it shows David as the shining example of what it’s like to be calm and collected. But when you look at him from eye level, his expression comes off completely different. Some would say he looks angry while others say he looks terrified, which is understandable. The statue represents the moment before David heads off to go against Goliath in one climactic battle.
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