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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 murdered 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 killed 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 Death

#7. The Kiss of Death

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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Expectations vs Reality When You Reach 30

Thirty is going to be so much different.

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The time before 30 is when you let yourself discover the things that you want in life. It’s the time when you chase both your small dreams and big dreams. As you grow older, you learn the lessons that will help you navigate through life.

They say that by the time you reach 30, life is going to be different. You get to decide on what you want to do at that certain stage, and most likely, your decision will shape the rest of your life. Usually, this is the time when you begin to establish a career and be serious about everything else.

If you are already past 30, take a moment and think about your life now and then. Think about the lessons in life that you have absorbed along the way. The illustrations below will help you remember the time when most things didn’t matter at all....

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This Inkblot Quiz Will Reveal Your Personality and Characteristics

This abstract picture association quiz will reveal everything about you. Take the test here:

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People have different ways in expressing characteristics of specific objects, ideas, actions and emotions. Hermann Rorschach is a Swiss Psychologist who created a psychological test called Rorschach inkblot test.

According to him, the test is being analyzed by using different methods such as algorithms and psychological interpretation. This is used to observe and check the characteristics and functioning of an individual both personal and emotional context.

Inkblot test is accurate and widely used by several psychologists in their services and studies, in fact; it ranks 2nd most used test by the members of the Society for Personality Assessment and 8th most used psychological test in outpatient mental institutions. ...

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Korean Tourist Joins Italian Street Musicians In An Impromptu But Epic Performance

These musically inclined people had an impromptu performance and ‘killed it.’

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Music is a universal language that needs not be translated. It lives with us anywhere we go and creates a beautiful harmony that transcends all else. Proof to that is an impromptu and epic
performance of a Korean tourist Jun-Hyuk Choi and a group of Italian street musicians in Florence, Italy.

Mr. Choi was walking in the streets of Florence when he spotted a local band of musicians performing for tourists. He then asked the bass player if he could borrow his contrabass instrument and started snapping it soon enough. A double bass player himself, Mr. Choi knew just what to do which also explains the surprise glances from the band members. Not long after, they all jammed to a classic jazz that is "Autumn Leaves" and created a beautiful music that captured the hearts and ears of the crowd.

"In Korea, he played with four strings but there were only three [on the bass], which might make him play little bit hard but amazing," the person who uploaded the video said....

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