For 47 days in 1961, the painting "Matisse's Le Bateau (The Boat)" was hanging upside down in the Museum of Modern Art in New York. Apparently none of the over 116,000 visitors seem to
have noticed.

In 1961, Italian artist Piero Manzoni packed his feces in cans, signed and mounted them, and then sold them as art.

In 1983, a Japanese artist, Tadahiko Ogawa, made a copy of the Mona Lisa completely out of ordinary toast.

The artist Vincent Van Gogh sliced part of his ear off in madness.

A Canadian Tour company offers a two-day course in igloo building.

An artist from Chicago named Dwight Kalb created a statue of Madonna made out of 180 pounds of ham.

Bernd Eilts, a German artist, turns dried cow manure into wall clocks and small sculptures. He is now expanding his business to include cow dung wrist watches.

French artist, Michel Vienkot, uses cow dung as paint when he creates his pictures.

Leonardo Da Vinci never signed or dated his most famous painting, the Mona Lisa.

Mona Lisa has no eyebrows in Leonardo da Vinci's painting. During that time, a woman was considered more beautiful if she shaved her eyebrows.

The Faberge, "Winter Egg" was sold in 1994 for $5.6 million. This is the most expensive decorative egg that has ever been sold.

The colours yellow, red, and orange are used in fast food restaraunts because those are the colours that stimulate hunger.

The highest paid price for a drawing was $8.36 million for Vincent Van Gogh's "Garden with Flowers."

The most valuable painting made by a female artist is "In the Box," painted by Mary Cassatt. It was sold for $3.67 million at Christie's in New York City.

Vincent Van Gogh's "Portrait of Dr. Gachet is the most expensive painting sold at an auction. It was purchased for $85.2 million dollars.

Picasso could draw before he could walk and his first word was the Spanish word for pencil.
The Statue of Liberty is the largest hammered copper statue in the world.

The largest statue in the world is Mount Rushmore, the heads of four US Presidents carved into the Black Hills near Keystone. The heads are 18 m (60 ft) tall.

The largest horse statue in the world, the Zizkov Monument in Prague, stands 9 metres (30 ft) tall.

It is said that if a statue of a person on a horse has both front legs in the air, the person died in battle; if the horse has one front leg in the air, the person died as a result of wounds received in
battle; if the horse has all four legs on the ground, like the Zizkov Monument, the person died of natural causes.

When Leonardo da Vinci's Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1912, 6 replicas were sold as the original, each at a huge price, in the 3 years before the original was recovered.

When Auguste Rodin exhibited his first important work, The Bronze Period, in 1878 it was so realistic that people thought he had sacrificed a live model inside the cast.

Rodin died of frostbite in 1917 when the French government refused him financial aid for a flat, yet they kept his statues warmly housed in museums.

Vincent van Gogh, the world's most valued painter, sold only painting in his entire life - to his brother who owned an art gallery. The painting is titled "Red Vineyard at Arles."

The shortest stage play is Samuel Beckett's "Breath" - 35 seconds of screams and heavy breathing.

The first colour photograph was made in 1861 by James Maxwell. He photographed a tartan ribbon.

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