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ART TRIVIA VI

51) How long did it take Leonardo da Vinci to paint the Mona Lisa's lips?


According to experts at the Louvre Museum in Paris, Leonardo da Vinci spent 12 years painting the Mona Lisa's lips.

52) Romanesque art prevailed during what time period?


Romanesque art is the art of Europe from approximately 1000 AD to the rise of the Gothic style in the 13th century. The preceding period is known as the Pre-Romanesque period.

53) What artist is known for having painted the Moulin Rouge?


Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec was a French painter and illustrator whose immersion in the colourful and theatrical life of Paris in the late 19th century allowed him to produce a collection of provocative images of the decadent life of those times. Among the well-known works that he painted for the Moulin Rouge and other Parisian nightclubs are depictions of the singer Yvette Guilbert, the outrageous La Goulue, and the dancer Jane Avril.

54) What artist drew the comic strip Bloom County from 1980 to 1989?


Bloom County is a comic strip by Berkeley Breathed which originally ran from December 8, 1980 to August 6, 1989. It examines events in politics and culture through the viewpoint of a fanciful small town in Middle America, where animals can talk and children often have the vocabularies of adults. It evolved from a comic strip known as The Academia Waltz that Breathed produced for a student newspaper while majoring in photojournalism at the University of Texas.

55) What painting attracted more visitors to the Louvre Museum AFTER it was stolen?


When the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre in 1911, it caused a media sensation, and visitors queued for hours to see the vacant wall. The empty space it left behind actually attracted more visitors than the painting had!

56) What artist's portrait of George Washington is the basis for the $1 bill?


The portrait of George Washington on the current U.S. one-dollar bill is actually an unfinished work by the artist Gilbert Stuart. It was painted in 1796, when the president was 64 years old.

57) What is the term for visible traces of an earlier painting beneath newer artwork on canvas?


A pentimento is an alteration in a painting, evidenced by traces of previous work, showing that the artist has changed his or her mind as to the composition during the process of painting. The word is Italian for repentance.

58) What is the term for a painting executed entirely in shades of grey?


Grisaille is a monochrome painting technique in which a painting is executed entirely in shades of grey or another neutral color.

59) In Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation, who is depicted with the virgin Mary?


The subject matter of Leonardo da Vinci's Annunciation is drawn from Luke 1:26-39. It depicts the angel Gabriel, sent by God to announce to the virgin Mary that she will miraculously conceive and give birth to a son, Jesus, who will be called "the Son of God". The painting was begun by Andrea del Verrocchio who used lead-based paint and heavy brush strokes. He left a note for da Vinci, one of this students, to finish the background and the angel. Leonardo used light brush strokes and no lead. When the Annunciation was x-rayed, Verrocchio's work was evident while Leonardo's angel was invisible.

60) Vermillion is a shade of which color?


Vermillion is a brilliant red pigment made from mercury sulfide.


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