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Calendar >  Fun and Unusual Facts & Trivia About Art & Architecture – Part 1

Fun and Unusual Facts & Trivia About Art & Architecture – Part 1

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TR Robertson –The world of art & architecture has existed for thousands and thousands of years. As a result, a plethora of facts and trivia exists surrounding these two creative “inventions” of humans. As you read through these, see how many of the places and artwork pieces you have personally seen. You will be amazed at many of the bits and pieces of information about the world of art and architecture.

  • The English Chunnel cost $15 billion to build and is the largest privately financed engineering project in history.
  • Vincent van Gogh’s favorite flowers to paint were sunflowers.
  • The Japanese term “feng shui” literally translates to “wind-water”.
  • The real name of the Alamo is Mission San Antonio de Valero.
  • Claude Monet’s painting Impressionist Sunrise was the inspiration for the Impressionist Movement.
  • Fort McHenry was built in the geometric shape of a five-pointed star.
  • The Mona Lisa is also called La Gioconda.
  • Rembrandt van Rijn painted and drew himself in over 100 of his paintings and etchings.
  • The dome of St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, Italy, was designed by Michelangelo.
  • Some of the most valuable vases in the world were designed between 1368 to 1644 during the Chinese Ming Dynasty.
  • Established in 1802, the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers oversaw surveying roads, building lighthouses, and designing map for navigation channels.
  • There are two huge lion statues flanking the entrance into the NYC Public Library, built in 1911.
  • There are 7 spikes on the crown of the Statue of Liberty.
  • Andy Warhol designed the lips-and-tongue logo for the Rolling Stones.
  • The Eiffel Tower is comprised entirely of raw iron.
  • The Greek statue, built in the 2nd century B.C., which is missing its head, is in the Louvre and referred to as the Nike of Samothrace and The Winged Victory of Samothrace.
  • The Spanish Civil War inspired Pablo Picasso to paint the huge mural of the bombing of Guernica.
  • Water Lilies were the favorite flower of Claude Monet.
  • “Hera”, “piling”, and “basting” are all terms in quilting.
  • “I lift my lamp beside the golden door” is inscribed on The Statue of Liberty.
  • The 1925 Exposition Internationale des Arts Decoratifs inspired the Art Deco style
  • There is an Arch of Triumph in the Asian capital of Pyongyang taller than the one in Paris.
  • The painting Giant Flying Demi-Tasse with Incomprehensible Appendage Five Meters Long was painted by Salvador Dali.
  • Vermillion is a shade of red.
“paradise” by Tintoretto, located in the Doges Palace in Venice, is the world’s largest oil painting, 72 ft. by 22 ft.
  • The largest oil painting in the world is Paradise by Tintoretto.
  • Vincent van Gough only sold 1 of his paintings during his lifetime.
  • Pablo Picasso once said, “Everything you can imagine is real”.
  • Louis Leroy, an art critic, termed the term “impressionism”.
  • Michelangelo was once hit in the face with a mallet by a rival.
  • The art movement referred to as “the Wild Beasts” is called Fauvism.
  • The world’s smallest skyscraper is the Newby-McMahon Building in Texas, only 40 feet tall.
  • The thinnest tower in the world is the 1360 Brighton tower at only 7 ft. in diameter.
  • The smallest pub in the world is The Little Prince in Kent, England, accommodating only 6 drinkers at a time.
  • The Statue of Liberty was designed by Frederic-Auguste Bartholdi and built by Gustave Eiffel.
  • The Soccer World Cup Trophy was designed by Silvio Gazzaniga.
  • The architect of the Leaning Tower of Pisa was Bonanno Pisano.
  • The largest Church in the world is the Basilica of Our Lady of Peace of Yamoussoukro on the Ivory Coast.
  • The Roman Colosseum in Rome once held over 50,000 people.
  • Ancient Chinese artists would never paint pictures of women’s feet.
  • At the age of 26 Michelangelo sculpted the statue David in just 17 months.
  • During a severe windstorm of rainstorm, the Empire State Building can sway several feet to each side.
  • England’s Stonehenge is 1,500 years older that Rome’s Colosseum.
  • The White House was first occupied by John Adams in 1800 and has seen one Presidential wedding, five first-family weddings, 11 births and seven Presidential funerals.
  • If any of the heads on Mt. Rushmore had a body, the statue would be nearly 500 feet tall.
  • The first motel ever opened was in 1926, “The Motel Inn” in San Luis Obispo.
  • Actress Jane Mansfield decorated her “Pink Palace” home by writing to 1,500 furniture and building suppliers and asking for free samples giving them free advertisement. She received over $150,000 worth of free merchandise.
  • Leonardo Da Vinci started painting the Mona Lisa in 1503 and is said to have not finished it until 1519.
  • The Mona Lisa is owned by France and once hung in Napoleon’s bedroom.
  • The Mona Lisa is only 2’6” by 1’9”.
  • There are two other Mona Lisa paintings below the one everyone sees in The Louvre, discovered by x-ray.

More Art and Architecture Facts and Trivia in Part 2.

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