Ten Iconic Artworks in Europe

Last week, I listed a few of the amazing artworks on display in the United States. This week, I thought I’d do the same for Europe. It was incredibly hard to pick just ten.

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Row 1:

Johannes Vermeer, Girl with a Pearl Earring (Mauritshuis, The Hague)

Row 2:

Eugène Delacroix, Liberty Leading the People (The Louvre, Paris)

Pablo Picasso, Guernica (Museo Nacional Centrovde Arte Reina Sofia, Madrid)

Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa (The Louvre, Paris)

Row 3:

Michelangelo, David (Accademia di Belle Arti di Firenze, Florence)

Francisco Goya, The Third of May (Prado Museum, Madrid)

Rembrandt, The Night Watch (Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam)

Row 4:

Leonardo da Vinci, The Last Supper (Santa Maria delle Grazie, Milano)

Hieronymous Bosch, Garden of Earthly Delights (Prado Museum, Madrid)

Michelangelo, Sistine Chapel ceiling (Sistine Chapel, Vatican City)

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And You Thought You Were Weird

Creative people are often a bit odd – I know I am. Fear not creatives, even geniuses can be a little strange – in some cases, really strange.

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ABOVE: Albert Einstein (duh!), Photo: Wikimedia Commons

Let’s face it, we all have our quirks. The following geniuses are no exception:

Andy Warhol

Warhol was a confirmed foot fetishist and even owned a mummified human foot. No one knows where he got it.

Leonardo da Vinci

da Vinci was a practitioner of polyphasic sleep. What’s that you ask? It’s the practice of taking multiple naps throughout a 24 hour period. He rarely slept more than two hours a day.

Edgar Allan Poe

Poe liked to write each of his works in a scroll fashion, on a continuous strip of paper, sealed with wax. He also proclaimed his cat to be his literary guardian.

Albert Einstein

Einstein refused to wear socks, no matter how formal the occasion. He also asked his estranged wife to sign a contract with the following clause: “You will stop talking to me if I request it.” Apparently, she agreed.

Charles Dickens

Dickens would only write at a desk facing north and when he slept, his feet had to point south. He always carried a compass, and would re-arrange the bed if necessary.

Salvador Dali

Dali was obsessed with Hitler and when asked about his obsession said: “I often dreamed about Hitler as other men dreamed about women.”