Why was the artist afraid he might go to jail?
Because he'd been framed!
Prepare your canvas and pull out your paint brushes - World Art Day is this Sunday, April 15! The day is an international celebration of all things artistic, with an aim to promote awareness of creative activity worldwide.
A relatively new event, the first World Art Day was held back on April 15, 2012, with the date decided in honor of the birthday of Leonardo Da Vinci. Da Vinci was chosen as a symbol of world peace, freedom of expression, tolerance, brotherhood and multiculturalism, as well as art’s importance to many other fields.
The intention of World Art Day is universal, and the day is now accepted and celebrated in most countries around the world. Events vary from special museum hours, art exhibitions, conferences and even Florentine cooking demonstrations in honor of Da Vinci himself!
As well as being one of the most significant and influencial artists of all time, Leonardo Da Vinci was also a brilliant creative thinker, inventor and, according to many, a genius. He made discoveries in many areas of science, and worked on projects related to anatomy, aeuronautics, architecture and philosophy alongside his art and writings.
His best known achievement, however, is undoubtedly the half-length portrait painting 'Mona Lisa'. Da Vinci's masterpiece has been described as "the best known, the most visited, the most written about, the most sung about, the most parodied work of art in the world", and currently holds the Guinness World Record for the the highest known insurance valuation in history. Insured for $100 million in 1962, the painting is now worth a whopping $800 million!
World Art Day aims to promote the values that art has brought to the world since the beginning of time, and celebrating it is really quite simple! Just feel the power and the preciousness of art, whether this be through drawing picture for your children, having a go at that painting you've always thought about doing, or even simply changing the filter on your next Instagram post.
- Leonardo Da Vinci
Well said Da Vinci.
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