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9 Popular Sculptures That Are Shrouded With Mystery

Why is Venus de Milo armless? Why does Moses have a pair of horns? We provide the answers!

Statues have always been a huge part of the world’s culture. Some pieces have achieved great popularity that they’ve become icons in their own right.

Consider the Statue of Liberty (New York), Christ the Redeemer ( Rio de Janeiro, Brazil), Great Sphinx (Gaza, Egypt) and many others. They’re become more than pieces of art but cultural landmarks that generations have appreciated and treasured throughout the years.

Not all sculptures, however, are what they appear to be. Some have entirely deep stories that explain their mysterious appearance such as in this list we got from Brightside. Check out these 9 famous sculptures.

#1. Moses

#1. Moses

Sculpted by Michelangelo Buonarotti, this particular take on the biblical prophet has a unique feature – it has horns.

Art historians explain this as a misinterpretation of a verse from the Book of Exodus where it was said that the face of Moses was full of radiance when he came down from Mount Sinai. The Hebrew word used can both mean “radiance” and “horns.”

#2. Augustus of Prima Porta

#2. Augustus of Prima Porta

Although many believe that ancient marble statues are solid white, some researchers today say it’s possible that they were painted in colors but disappeared after years of exposure to heat and wind.

#3. The Little Mermaid

#3. The Little Mermaid

A sculpture by Edvard Eriksen, Copenhagen’s Mermaid is no stranger to vandalism. The statue has been beheaded twice, has had its right arm removed. In 2007, the local government moved the Little Mermaid into the harbor to prevent further problems.

#4. The Kiss

#4. The Kiss

This Auguste Rodin masterpiece is inspired by Inferno’s Francesca da Rimini who fell in love with Paolo, her husband’s younger brother. They were later m******* by Giovanni Malatesta, Francesca’s husband, while they were reading Lancelot. The sculpture depicts that as Paolo can be seen holding a book in one hand but quite noticeably, the couple do no actually kiss, signifying that they were k***** without committing any sin.

#5. The Veiled Vestal

#5. The Veiled Vestal

What’s amazing with this one is the intricately-detailed semi-transparent veils that cover the women’s faces. Art enthusiasts have admired this work because of that. History tells us that the sculpture required two layers to achieve the desired veil effect.

#6. David

#6. David

Although known to many as made by Michelangelo, he actually just continued the unfinished sculpture of Agostino di Duccio. Also, if you look closely, you’ll see that Dvid here is cross-eyed.

#7. The Kiss of D****

#7. The Kiss of D****

Some claim this was created by Jaume Barba while others say it is by Joan Forbernat. Found in the cemetery of Poblenou in Barcelona, the identity of the sculptor remains unknown to this day.

#8. Venus de Milo

#8. Venus de Milo

Originally, this iconic marble statue actually had arms, with one holding an apple and the other holding her dress from falling. An accident occurred as the people carrying the sculpture got into a fight and so both of her arms broke off.

#9. Nike of Samothrace

#9. Nike of Samothrace

Attempts have been made to restore this majestic piece by adding a head and some arms but every effort proved futile. In the end, it was left as it is – imperfect but still a stunning piece of art.

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Artist Shares Emotional Comic About Finding Your Childhood Bully After Many Years

This is how bullying can haunt your life for years and years to come…

If you’ve ever been bullied as a child, you know the effects can stay with you for a long time. Harsh words and deeds can really scar the soul and there’s always the possibility that you’ll never forget the bad experience way into your adult years.

This is exactly what Meghan Lands has been through and she accurately captured how it feels like in a short comic. Now an artist, Meghan has “spent the last 20 years trying to forget her first 10.”

Despite that, the Canada-based illustrator recently took the time to look for her bully on Facebook and it made her realize and remember many things. Needless to say, it has been an emotional rollercoaster for her.

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Genius Photographer Shares Ridiculously Easy Trick To Make Your Photos Dreamy

You can do it anytime, anywhere – without needing Photoshop or any app.

Good photography requires more than having an expensive camera. While owning the right tools can definitely help, the most important factor would always be the skills of the photographer.

Case in point, you may have the fanciest cameras in town but that still wouldn’t be an advantage, unless you know how to use it well. There are certain tricks you have to learn to take your photography to the next level.

Fortunately, we can always learn from experienced shutterbugs. Take wedding photographer Mathias Fast, for instance, who took the time to share a quick, easy hack on how to add reflections to your pictures – without having to use Photoshop or other photo-editing apps.

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Disney Animator’s Comics Diary About Losing His Wife is Terribly Heartbreaking

Read the captions and try not to cry.

Losing a loved one can be a sad, traumatic experience. People deal with the grief differently and for this man, keeping a ‘doodle diary’ has been most helpful.

A former illustrator for Disney, Gary Andrews’ comics about losing his wife and living life as a single father of two is heartwarming and heartbreaking at the same time. No wonder his work has made an impact to his numerous followers on social media.

In a BoredPanda feature, we learn that Gary began doing his comics-style journal entries back on his 54th birthday. He was happily married at the time and a father of two children.

Unfortunately, something tragic happened. His wife Joy got sick and they initially thought it was nothing but flu. It turned out, however, that it was actually sepsis and it eventually led to her passing.

Gary shared:

“From the minute Joy was admitted to hospital, specialists from every department tried to find out what was wrong. They couldn't have done more. It wasn't until the post-mortem that they narrowed it down to sepsis.”

Overwhelmed by his sadness, Gary later turned to his notebook and began pouring his emotions out on paper – by making artworks.

He recalled:

“I was crying so hard it was difficult to focus on the page. I was drawing through tears.

“Joy had been my soulmate for 19 years. She was beautiful, kind, generous and funny. We did everything together. When I lost her, I felt half of me had gone.”

Now his touching comics have captured the hearts of many on the internet.

Scroll down below and see for yourself. Read the captions and try not to cry!

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