Almost every well-known piece of art has a mystery behind it, a unique story that we want to reveal. Even the masterpieces that everyone knows about have their own secrets.Whether a Picasso or Da Vinci, every canvas holds brushstrokes that might conceal something else: a secondary painting, perhaps, or a mystery. Every art tries to deliver a message though some can create big controversies too.
Lets look at some of the paintings by these great artists of all times and unfolding the mysteries and controversies attached to these paintings.
1. Guernica by Pablo Picasso, 1937
Pablo Picasso’s huge 1937 mural Guernica, which depicts the massacre of a Basque village in 1937, has since become a representation of every city ever bombed. It is one of the most powerful artistic decries against fascism, and has been a point of contention throughout the years due to its strong, critical message. Picasso refused to have it on display in Spain until justice had been restored there, and when it was on display at the MoMa in 1967, artists petitioned for it to be removed as a protest against the Vietnam War. In 2003, a tapestry version of Guernica was covered up at the United Nations. Probably Picasso’s most famous work, Guernica is certainly the his most powerful political statement, painted as an immediate reaction to the Nazi’s devastating casual bombing practice on the Basque town of Guernica during Spanish Civil War.Guernica shows the tragedies of war and the suffering it inflicts upon individuals, particularly innocent civilians.
2.Piss Christ by Andres Serrano, 1987
Piss Christ is a 1987 photograph by Andres Serrano, depicting a small plastic crucifix submerged in a glass tank of Serrano’s urine. The piece caused a huge scandal and outrage from senators because Serrano had received taxpayer-funded support from the National Endowment for the Arts, and because many found the piece to be unholy. In this period, Serrano received death threats and hate mail. In 2011, a print of the piece was vandalized during an exhibition in Avignon, France.
3.Self by Marc Quinn, 1991
Self is a self-portrait of Marc Quinn. However, it is one created by using the artist’s own blood in a cast of his head. Every five years, over the course of five months, Quinn pours five litres of his own blood into the cast. As such, he created an ongoing self-portrait that takes into account change and the passing of time. Many people consider this work to be hair-raising and gruesome. Others herald it for its bold contribution to the self-portrait genre.
4.The old guitarist by Pablo Picasso
If you look closely at The Old Guitarist by Pablo Picasso, you can see a dim female silhouette behind the man’s head. After taking infrared and X-ray images of the painting, researchers from the Art Institute of Chicago discovered a few other shapes hidden underneath. Most likely, the artist didn’t have enough money to buy new canvases and had to paint over old ones.
5. The starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh
The famous Dutch painter Van Gogh painted The Starry Night while in an asylum in Saint-Rémy, is believed to be, not only one of the best works from the artist, but also one of the most significant pieces of western art. But it was only recently that experts found out that Van Gogh didn’t just draw a beautiful sky.
Scientists found a distinct stormy structure amazingly close to a math equation hidden in many of Van Gogh’s works. Somehow, he was able to perceive and portray one of the most complicated concepts nature has ever created (the turbulence concept). In fluid dynamics, turbulence, or turbulent flow, is fluid motion when a powerful vortex appears which leads to the appearance of smaller vortexes and so on. It is hard to express this phenomenon in math but it can be drawn, which is what we see in the painting.
6.Who is Banksy?
Banksy is an anonymous England-based street artist .The artist, Banksy, has been around since the early 1990s, creating striking and highly recognizable street art in public places His satirical street art and subversive epigrams combine dark humor with graffiti executed in a distinctive stenciling technique. His works of political and social commentary have been featured Yet their identity remains a mystery. Who is Banksy? “Over the years several different people have attempted to ‘unmask’ Banksy,”.
7.Scott Tyler, Dread, 1989
In 1989, Scott Tyler was just a high school student at the Art Institute of Chicago. There, he presented his first artwork titled what is the appropriate way to display the American flag? The US flag was displayed lying flat on the floor. It was placed in a strategic way so that patrons wanting to read the hanging manual would have to step on the flag.
Several visitors were arrested for outrage and, of course, the artist himself. He was violating the Flag Desecration Amendment. Even President Bush criticized the artwork as shameful, as did many others. However, there were opinions of all kinds. With this work, Scott Tyler wanted to demonstrate the weakness of one important human right: The freedom of expression.
8. Self portrait of Bandaged ear by Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear depicts the artist with an injured right ear. In reality, he cut off his left ear. The discrepancy is explained by the fact that van Gogh used a mirror to create the picture of himself.