Painted in the midst of a hallucination, “The Persistence of Memory” by Salvador Dali tells you exactly what kind of person Dali was. While we can’t be sure if he was telling the truth or not, Dali has related that the inspiration for this famous surreal painting was a wheel of Camembert cheese that had melted in the sun.
The landscape was inspired by Dali’s childhood and Mount Pani, and it’s possible that the squidgy shape in the center of the painting is some kind of strange self-portrait. Some scholars believe that the melted clocks were a reference to Einstein’s theory of relativity.
Too Many Facts to Put Here
“The Garden of Earthly Delights” by Hieronymus Bosch is a complex, intricate, and detailed triptych depicting paradise with Adam and Eve, the garden itself, and Hell. There is a lot to talk about here, but we’ll focus on the strange piece of music that... seems to be tattooed on a person’s bottom.
The huge instruments surrounding this sight from Hell represent the flawed human justice system that could never equal divine justice. Music from the hellish judge, thinking he is God, is being transcribed on flesh as a form of punishment. Amazingly, someone was able to recreate the music: “The Music Written on This Dude’s Butt.”
The Beginning of Beauty
Sandro Botticelli’s “The Birth of Venus” is a famous classical painting that shows off his incredible eye for detail and technique. It shows the goddess of love and beauty arriving on the island of Cyprus. There are a few fun details to take note of in this immense painting (172.5 x 278.5 centimeters).
The orange trees on the right side could be an indication that the painting was made for the powerful Medici family – orange trees are considered an emblem of the family. The two figures on the left are the winds Zephyr and Aura, who blew Venus to the island, while the figure on the right is either one of the Graces or the Hora of spring – an embodiment of the season.
An Unforgettable Night
One of Vincent van Gogh’s most famous paintings is undoubtedly “A Starry Night,” a beautiful image of the glowing, dark blue sky over a small village. But did you know the view depicted is from a mental asylum? Van Gogh had checked himself in during a tough time, and this was most likely the view that he saw from his window during the night.
The date of the painting is around the beginning of June 1889, and it’s been discovered that one of the stars is actually the planet Venus. However, the town was painted from memory, which impresses us even more.
Dreaming a Young Dream
Could such a simple painting contain so many questions about life and death? That’s what Paul Gauguin liked to put in his artwork, and this painting, “The Little One Is Dreaming, Etude,” is no exception. While his daughter Aline sleeps, Gauguin has added symbols such as a bird hovering over her and the doll at the side of the bed.
The bird, flitting to and from the nest, could be the dream or the artist’s thoughts, while the doll is an eerie and macabre addition, perhaps as a counterpoint to the light, cheerful dream of the child, so innocent and so pure.