Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Master Painters and Sculptors

Secret Lives of Great Artists: What Your Teachers Never Told You About Master Painters and Sculptors

Elizabeth Lunday

Language: English

Pages: 288

ISBN: 159474257X

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


With outraeous anecdotes about everyone from Leonardo (alleged sodomist) to Caraviaggio (convicted murderer) to Edward Hopper (alleged wife beater), Secret Lives of Great Artists recounts the seamy, steamy, and gritty history behind the great masters of international art. You’ll learn that Michelangelo’s body odor was so bad, his assistants couldn’t stand working for him; that Vincent van Gogh sometimes ate paint directly from the tube; and Georgia O’Keeffe loved to paint in the nude. This is one art history lesson you’ll never forget!

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an Irish prison. The prisoners weren’t moved, and no ransom was paid; in the end, police received a phone call directing them to a London churchyard, where they found the work wrapped in an evening paper. The only vermeer work still missing is The Concert, which was stolen from the isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston in 1990. Thieves dressed in local police uniforms convinced museum guards to let them in; they then bound and gagged the museum staff, destroyed all the security tapes, and

full of gorgeous women in stunning settings. And his grass is always green.  BREAKING WITH CONVENTION With a name like Gabriel Charles Dante, how could you not grow up to be an artist? Dante Gabriel, as he came to be known, was named by his father Gabriele, an Italian expatriate who had fled his homeland in the 1820s. Rossetti senior became a professor of Italian at King’s College, London, but his true passion was an exhaustive commentary on Dante’s Divine Comedy. Rossetti showed early

aspiring artist seven years his senior. Brown had been little noticed, and when he received a letter praising him to the skies, he decided it was a cruel hoax. He grabbed his heavy walking stick and set out for the Rossetti home, demanding of the aspiring artist, “What do you mean by it?” Rossetti managed to convince Brown that he meant what he said, and the two became life-long friends. BROTHERHOOD OF THE PENIS Rossetti also befriended two academy students, William Holman Hunt and John Everett

is imagined as an aspiring dancer who has decided to give up on her dreams in New York and return home to Indianapolis. Singers were carefully dressed to mirror their painted inspirations, and the lighting took on a distinctly Hopper-esque fluorescent glow. Diego Rivera invented the most fabulous stories about his life. He claimed to have fought in the hills with revolutionary Emiliano Zapata, plotted the assassination of a Mexican president, and even engaged in cannibalism. It’s hard to

black volcanic stone carved into fantastical shapes, the building is entered by passing through enormous stone gateways and then crossing a moat, which lead to a huge courtyard surrounding a massive stone table. Inside the structure are dimly lit, winding corridors that lead to cramped rooms filled with Rivera’s collection of Pre-Columbian art. At the center of the pyramid on the lowest level is a small room containing a pool of water. The space is reminiscent of the “offering chamber” in which

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