7 Fascinating Secret Hidden in Famous Historic Painting

It turns out that even the masterpieces we know very well may have some secrets. we believe that almost every major work of art hides a mystery to solve. Today, we would like to talk about some of them.

7. 112 Proverbs At A Time

7 Fascinating Secret Hidden in Famous Historic Painting
’Netherlandish Proverbs’ by Pieter Bruegel the Elder, 1559

Pieter Bruegel painted a town inhabited by people who represent  Flemish proverbs of his day in age. All in all, this work of art includes approximately 112 identifiable languages.

Some of them are still widely used, for example ’swimming against the tide,’ ’banging one’s head against a brick wall,’ ’armed to the teeth,’ ’big fish eat little fish’ and so on.

Other proverbs stand for human foolishness.

6. The Subjectivity Of Art

7 Fascinating Secret Hidden in Famous Historic Painting
’Breton Village in the Snow’ by Paul Gauguin, 1894

Gauguin’s painting, ’ Breton Village in the Snow’, was sold after the author’s death for only seven francs.

It was purchased under the name ‘Niagara Falls’ because the auctioneer accidentally turned it over and decided it was a waterfall and not a town.

5. A Hidden Portrait

7 Fascinating Secret Hidden in Famous Historic Painting
’The Blue Room’ by Pablo Picasso, 1901

In 2008, researchers used X-ray cameras to discover a hidden image underneath Picasso’s ‘The Blue Room’. It was a portrait of a man in a suit and bow tie, resting his face on his hand.

“When he [Picasso] had an idea, you know, he just had to get it down … He couldn’t afford to buy new canvases every time he had an idea he wanted to pursue,” explains curator Susan Behrends Frank.

4. How Masterpieces Come To Life

7 Fascinating Secret Hidden in Famous Historic Painting
’Rain, Steam and Speed — The Great Western Railway’ by J. M. W. Turner, 1844

In 1842 Mrs. Simon was traveling by train to England. Suddenly, it started raining cats and dogs. An old man sitting across from her stood up, opened one of the windows, put his head out, and kept it there for about ten minutes.

The woman was so intrigued that she opened another window and began to admire the scenery as well. A year later, while attending an exhibition at the Royal Academy of Arts, Ms. Simon recognized that moment in one of the paintings. It was called ’Rain, Steam, and Speed.’

3. Michelangelo’s Anatomy Lessons

7 Fascinating Secret Hidden in Famous Historic Painting
’The Creation of Adam’ by Michelangelo, 1511

Some American experts in the field of neuroanatomy believe that one of Michelangelo’s most famous works contains allusions to anatomy. They argue that the correct part of the painting is an anatomically correct image of a huge brain.

In fact, you can find even the most sophisticated components of the brain, such as the cerebellum, optic nerve, and pituitary gland. At the same time, the conspicuous green band perfectly coincides with the vertebral artery.

2. ’the Last Supper’ By Van Gogh

7 Fascinating Secret Hidden in Famous Historic Painting
’Café Terrace at Night’ by Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

Investigator Jared Baxter argues that Van Gogh’s painting ‘Café Terrace at Night’ contains a hidden allusion to Leonardo da Vinci’s ‘The Last Supper’.

The central figure is a long-haired waiter in a white robe surrounded by twelve people (just like Jesus and the apostles). There is a cross on the waiter’s back, which is also quite symbolic.

1. An Ode To Cheese

7 Fascinating Secret Hidden in Famous Historic Painting
’The Persistence of Memory’ by Salvador Dali, 1931

When creating his masterpieces, Dali often turned to unusual sources of inspiration. It is not surprising that one of his most recognized works was inspired by the contemplation of the melting of Camembert cheese.

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