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Title:
Everything you know about art is wrong / Matt Brown.
ISBN:
9781849944298
Publication Information:
London : Batsford, 2017.
Physical Description:
160 pages : illustrations ; 20 cm
Abstract:
"A highly entertaining read for anyone with even a passing interest in art and art history. This myth-busting book takes you on a great ride through the lives of starving (and not so starving) artists, unusual exhibitions and painting blunders throughout history. Think that the Mona Lisa is the most reproduced image in history? Think again - it's the face of Queen Elizabeth II on stamps and currency around the world. Think that Vincent van Gogh chopped his own ear off? Think again - Paul Gauguin lopped it off with a sword during a heated argument. Also, learn which famous painting led a bunch of Oxford academics to create a flute that can be played with your bottom, and why there is a bust of Lenin at the South Pole. Packed with details on popular artworks, it explodes a range of myths from the fame of the Mona Lisa (when it was stolen in 1911, more people visited the Louvre to see the empty space than the painting itself) to which famous artist designed the Chupa Chups logo. Myths regarding techniques, circumstances and lives of artists are all covered to give you a fascinating insight into the true history of art."--Provided by publisher.
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Summary

A highly entertaining read for anyone with even a passing interest in art and art history.

This myth-busting book takes you on a great ride through the lives of starving (and not so starving) artists, unusual exhibitions and painting blunders throughout history. In the intriguing, outrageous and often provoking world
of the visual arts, nothing is quite as it seems.

From the world's first intance of photobombing in 1843 to the Damien Hirst spot painting that landed on Mars, the destruction of Vincent van Gogh's Sunflowers during World War II and the £3,500 sheet of paper crumpled into a ball, Everything You Know About Art is Wrong will confound your assumptions about the world of art - and perhaps even the place of art in the world.


Author Notes

Matt Brown is the Editor-at-Large of Londonist.com and has written extensively about arts and culture. He is the author of the previous two volumes in this series, Everything You Know About London is Wrong and Everything You Know About Science is Wrong.


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