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Painted by Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa holds the Guinness World Record for the highest known insurance valuation in history. It has been painted between the years 1503 to 1506 and it is also said that Leonardo worked on it till late 1517s.

It is rumored to be a painting of Lisa Gherardini who was the wife of Francesco del Giocondo. The expression of this painting, monumentality of the composition, and atmospheric illusionism were one of the qualities which made it very expensive and popular. These three qualities cannot be possessed by a single painting.

Here, I have enlisted some of the specific reasons which made Mona Lisa painting so costly. So, let’s talk about them one by one:

  • Sfumato technique used by Leonardo: It is said that this technique was neither invented nor used by any of the painters of at that time. Sfumato simply means without lines or borders. He used various creative and unique technique and redefined the rules of contemporary art at that time.

  • The smile of Mona Lisa: Da Vinci created a unique smile of Mona Lisa using his different and out-of-the-box approach. He has painted this painting in such a way that her eyes are the center of the attention of the viewers and her mouth is periphery. He designed her smile in such a way that if anyone tries to focus on her smile, it slowly disappears. No one understands why? It might be the magic of creativity of Leonardo.

  • It took almost four years to be completed: Da Vinci worked on this painting for almost four years. But, finishing the painting took almost another 10 years.

  • The glamour of Leonardo Da Vinci: Indeed, he was a person full of controversies and secrets. He was really an interesting character and due to his name and fame, this painting gained much attention than it deserved.

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Here are some job prospects for someone with a degree in art history. Consevator, Administrative Assistant for an art museum, gallery exhibition manager, commercial art gallery manager, museum curator, Analyst for a financial services firm, academic librarian, information officer, editorial assistant, museum education officer, Actuarial Associate for a public accounting firm, Archaeologist, Archivist and Analyst for an investment banking firm.

Most people that have a degree in art history work in museums and galleries. Many also work as marketing, PR and sales agents. Others work in the education sector.

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Art history is a study of human expressions. It includes the study of architecture, painting, furniture, sculpture, ceramics, photography, calligraphy, mass media, animations, decorative arts and many other visual arts. In involves several ways of studying visual arts from visual to verbal translations.

The study of art history involves analysing art and critical thinking leading to certain questions like: How did the artist come to create the work?, Who were his or her teachers? Who was the audience?And how did he or she and the creation, in turn, affect the course of artistic and social events.

The study also involves the analysis of the shape, colour, texture and other part of an artwork.

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1) Mona Lisa painting by Leonardo da Vinci: This is inarguably the most famous painting of all time. It was painted within 1503 - 1504. It is the main attraction of Louvre Museum in Paris.

2) Starry sky painting by Vincent Gogh: This painting was done in 1889. It is part of the permanent collection of the Museum of Modern art in New York.

3) Last supper painting by Leonardo Da Vinci: This painting shows Jesus and his disciples during the last supper. The painting cover the dining wall at Santa Maria delle Grazie monastery in Italy.

4) Girl with pearl earring painting by Johannes Vermeer: The painting was done in 1665. The painting is in Mauritshuis Gallery in the Hague, Netherlands.

Other famous paintings include the persistence of memory by Salvador Dali, the night watch by Rembrandt van Rijn,Guernica by Pablo Picasso and self portrait without beard by Vincent van Gogh.

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The arts is the expression shown through paintings, photographs, music, literature, dance, and several other ways. The arts have been around for many years. Even when students are studying history, it seems like there has always been some sort of arts in their textbook. They can’t think back far enough to when the world did not have art.

Even during the caveman era, they used to draw figures on the walls of the caves. It is believed that Ancient Greece is the time when all of the art came together to be the arts as opposed to people merely drawing and dancing. It gained a name to all of these different kinds of things. The Greeks, however, did not call it art. They called it techne.

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An art historian studies and discuss art. They analyse, interpret and organize art works through their research or the research done by others. They also serve as curators, some work as art collection managers, history lecturers and professors. Art historians have at least a bachelor's degree in art history.

Art historians work in a variety of places including universities, art galleries, art museums, libraries, archives and auction houses. They also travel around the world for research purposes, exhibitions and conferences.

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Here is a list of famous and notable art historians of all time. The historians on this list are from different parts of the world but they are all renowned art historians.

William Rubin: who was the director of painting and sculpture at the Museum of Modern Art, which he first joined in 1967.

Johann Joachim Winckelmann: was a famous German art historian and archaeologist.

Igor Anvar Kufayev: is a Russian British artist, yogi and spiritual teacher.

Birgit Rausing: a Swedish art historian and philanthropist.

Henry Geldzahler: was a curator of contemporary art in the late 20th century.

Edith Porada: was the Arthur Lehman Professor of Art History and Archeology at Columbia University.

Other famous historians are: Roger Took, Henry Kraus, Cornelius Gurlitt and John Joachim.

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Art history is important to study because it gives us knowledge, visual and verbal representation of things that happened in the past. Without art history, it would be difficult for us to keep track of what has happened in time past. It assist us to understand and appreciate our world better.

Art from the past gives us insight into the modern world. It also engages us and helps develop human intellectual ability, it assist us to explore challenges and test out ideas. Art history also add to our cultural depth and value.

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Pop art is a movement that first began in Britain and the United States during the mid to late 1950's. Pop art set forth a challenge to the traditions of fine art by including imagery from popular mass and culture. There are many different forms of pop art. One of its aims is to use images of popular culture in art, most often through the use of irony.

Pop art was also a movement in art when artists began to create art with the subject being things that are iconic, such as famous people. Food is also a favorite image used in art pop. Some examples of pop art include commercially smooth paintings mechanically reproduced silk screens and soft sculptures. Andy Warhol was one of the most famous pop artists. One of his most famous paintings was that of a Campbell's soup can.

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