Category: painting

In Taiwan, a 96-year-old saved his village from demolition by painting every surface of it with colorful imagery, which brought in so many tourists that the mayor ordered that the village be preserved.

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In honor of Colonel Sanders’ famous ‘secret blend’ of 11 herbs and spices, KFC’s Twitter account only follows all 5 Spice Girls and 6 different guys named Herb. When a Twitter user noticed this and pointed it out, KFC sent him a painting of himself holding a drumstick while riding piggyback on the Colonel.

The mysterious baroque painter Johannes Gumpp is known to have painted only one self portrait which also happens to be a triple self portrait in which he appears from behind painting his own face reflected in a mirror.

The Merry Cemetery is a cemetery in Romania, which is famous for its colourful tombstones with paintings describing, in an original and poetic manner, the people who are buried there as well as scenes from their lives.

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In 2001, the Taliban demolished historic Buddha statues that were carved into the side of a cliff in Afghanistan. But the statues’ destruction revealed caves where researchers found ancient Buddhist artifacts including the oldest known oil paintings in the world.

Photo : Buddha of Bamiyan / wikipedia

Robin Williams agreed to be the Genie for Aladdin under the condition that his voice would not be used to sell merchandise. Disney did not hold up their end of the deal, overdubbed his voice for advertisements, then sent him a Picasso painting as an apology.

Pablo Picasso carried a revolver loaded with blanks, which he would shot at people who asked about the meaning of his paintings.

This painting by Mark Rothko was sold for $46.5 million at a NY auction.

Many of the legendary scenes in Star Wars are not physical sets, but matte oil paintings.

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In 2009, a Hungarian art historian while watching the movie Stuart Little with his daughter, spotted a long-lost avant-garde painting in the background. The painting was bought by a set designer in a Pasadena antiques shop for “next to nothing”, and later sold for $285,700 at an auction.