I am a reader. I read every day. In fact, I begin every morning with reading. So I decided to start jotting things down whenever I found interesting, little known facts about well known artists.
LEONARDO DA VINCI’s father was a lawyer and he never married his mother. While he lived much of his childhood with his father, he had four step-mothers over the years. He was left-handed, But he was also a vegetarian, often buying birds in the market to set them free.
When a 23 year old Michelangelo delivered the Pieta, he overheard someone say they didn’t believe he (Michelangelo) had done the piece, he was much too young. Enraged, he left and returned with a chisel and carved out his name – making it the only statue he ever signed apparently. He once got back at a critic by painting him into a painting being smothered by a snake.
REMBRANDT left school at 13 to study art and had his own studio by age 17. In the famous painting The Night Watch, the models paid him to be in the painting. In fact, the people that paid the most were put in the front.
MATISSE began every day by playing the violin for two hours. His wife Amelie supported him by opening a hat shop. She also raised a daughter of his by a previous girlfriend.
I think knowing a few little odd facts about artist’s make them more interesting and more human. What do you think?