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Origin of the Pencil

The pencil is a descendant of the ancient Romans who wrote with a thin metal rod called a stylus, which produced a light marking....

Beatrix Potter’s Peter Rabbit

Six publishers rejected Beatrix Potter’s  “The Tale of Peter Rabbit” before she decided to publish her own edition of the story. Having seen the edition,...

Stendhal Syndrome: Illness Caused By Intense Beauty

Stendhal syndrome is a psychosomatic illness that causes rapid heartbeat, dizziness, confusion and hallucinations when an individual is exposed to art that is particularly...

Picasso: Nude, Green Leaves and Bust: Highest Selling Painting at Auction

In 2010, Picasso’s, Nude, Green Leaves and Bust sold for $106.5 million US to an anonymous buyer,  setting a record for the sale of...

Fabergé Imperial Easter Eggs

The House of Fabergé made thousands of jeweled eggs  from 1885 through 1917. The majority of these were miniature ones that were popular gifts...

Pablo Picasso’s Full Name

Pablo Picasso’s full name was Pablo Diego José Francisco de Paula Juan Nepomuceno María de los Remedios Cipriano de la Santísima Trinidad Martyr Patricio Clito...

Theft of the Mona Lisa

On the morning of Aug. 21, 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre. The theft wasn’t noticed until the next day. Once discovered, the...

The First Sculpture: The Venus of Willendorf

The Venus of Willendorf is one of the earliest images of the body made by humankind and is in the collection of the Naturhistorisches Museum...