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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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Dad Creates Epic Artwork on Lunch Bags to Help Son Make Friends

The best dad ever!

When we were still kids, parents would make sure that we had everything needed before going to school. And one of these was our home lunch. Dominick, a dad hailing from California, is among those parents who take pride in preparing lunch for their kids. But mind you, he does it in a very different way.

For over 4 years, Dominick has been drawing on his son’s brown paper lunch bags. And mind you, his drawings are a work of art. According to him, he has managed to decorate more or less 550 bags. It is really amazing how passionate and determined he is.

Although his son is already in middle school, Dominick still continues to prepare and decorate lunch bags. There was even a time when he decorated all lunch bags for his son’s soccer games when it was their turn to prepare snacks. For other people, breakfast might be the most important meal of a day. But for Dominick, it is without a doubt lunch.

Check out his lunch bag drawings below and be inspired by his creativity!

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Artist Photoshops Classical Paintings Into Modern World – And It’s Fascinating

Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov shows us what it looks like when characters from classical paintings live in the modern world.

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Things can get pretty interesting when you mash the classic and the modern. Remember one of our previous posts where Snapchat captions were added to classical paintings? That was hilarious! It definitely gave art history a new, funny twist.

Now allow us to introduce you to the work of Ukrainian artist Alexey Kondakov. This creative had the idea of getting characters from classical works of art and then putting them in modern settings, mostly in Kiev, the capital city of his home country.

How did he do it? Well with the power of Photoshop, of course!

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32 Quirky Yet Thought-Provoking Drawings By Artist Nacho Diaz

This guy is good at finding humor in everyday objects.

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What sets apart great art from terrible art? It could be many things but personally, I think what makes good artwork stand out is its ability to communicate to its intended audience. Whether it is a well-detailed painting or a simple comic strip, effective art can convey a message and even spark an emotion from its beholder.

This is exactly the reason why I became an instant fan of Nacho Diaz, an artist whose work we will showcase below. Based in Spain, Diaz has been making waves online mostly because of his funny illustrations.

In a Bored Panda feature, this talented guy has been described as someone who “enjoys putting everyday things into bizarre situations” thus, “perfectly creating humorous double entendres.”

You’ll have to see his stuff to understand what that means. But trust us on this – you’ll never see a broccoli, a teabag, or a pinata the same way again once you get to experience Diaz’ art.

Go check out his colorful, thought-provoking drawings below:

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