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Things People Misunderstand About Famous Works Of Art

There are artworks everywhere that you recognize, even if you know nothing about them. And if you do know something about them, chances are that it's wrong. Especially if the artist has been dead for a long time.  



I do know the works of art listed, but since I've not had much art education, I didn't know the misconceptions. But I'm always open to learning something new. Read all 30 misconceptions about art at Cracked.


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A large part of Maine has their knickers in a twist over Christina's World right now. Andrew Wyeth is a favorite son and one of his two museums is in Maine (the other's in his home state - PA). The Boston Museum of Modern Art bought Chistina's world for $1,800, has displayed it ever since and refuses to loan it out to either of the Wyeth museums. Last month they took it off display. Too much other stuff I guess. That's actually pissed off a large part of the art world outside of Maine as well. The general feeling is the painting doesn't belong in Boston where it and Wyeth have never been appreciated.
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It was a long time before I knew about the model's disease, but from my childhood I'd always interpreted the pose as the girl dragging herself, and saw it as less "serene" than as a pose of yearning or desperation.
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