Art theft, also affectionately called art napping, has been with us for centuries now. The purpose of this highly dangerous and illegal activity can be intuitively inferred: some do it because they dream of creating their own private collections, but they do not have the necessary financial resources; others do it for the money they get after selling the precious art pieces. The bad news, however, is that the estimated successful recovery rate for stolen art is of a roughly 5-10%. There are many fictional books venturing into the world of art thieves, but the truth is that today there is little known about how they operate, about the tactics and the tech they use, or about the black market were they find buyers for the stolen art pieces. The world has lost some of the most valuable works of art ever to be created, only to recover a few. Let us have a look at 3 famous cases of art theft.
One of the earliest art theft cases dates back as far as 1911. On the 21st of August, Vicenzo Peruggia attempted and succeeded in stealing the famous “Mona Lisa” from the Louvre, after having been safely on display for more than five years. At first, Guillaume Apollinaire, the French poet, and Pablo Picasso were presumably suspected of the theft, but, as it turns out, Louvre employee Vicenzo Peruggia had devised a perfect plan to smuggle the painting out of the museum without ever being suspected. It is said that he visited the museum during the day, and then hid in a broom closet for the rest of the night, walking out of the building the next morning with “Mona Lisa” under his coat. It was a pretty simple and clever plan. For two years the authorities had no clue that the painting was sitting in his apartment waiting to be sold in Italy until the day Vicenzo decided it was time to take it out for a ride. He was caught just as he was trying to close a deal with the director of the Uffizi Gallery in Florence.
The largest art theft in the world is a rather recent event as it happened in 1990, on the 18th of March. Dressed as Boston police officers, the thieves had no trouble with accessing the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum during the early hours of St. Patrick’s Day. They targeted some of the most expensive paintings and relics that the museum had on display at that time, the stolen pieces amounting to a total sum of $500 million. Thirteen works of art were taken that day including: “The Concert” by Vermeer, “The Storm on the Sea of Galilee” by Rembrandt, a landscape attributed to the artist and one of his postage-stamp-sized Self-Portraits, together with 5 paintings by Degas, “Chez Tortoni” by Manet, and two other valuable relics. None of the art pieces have been recovered until today, although a considerable reward has been offered for any useful information.
3. The theft of Edward Munch’s “The Scream”
The Norwegian painter Edward Munch is famous throughout the world for his “The Scream” which is actually the name of a collection of four paintings, all versions on the same composition. All of them have been targeted several times by various art thieves, and on two occasions they went missing. The first successful attempt was made in 1994, on the 22nd of February, just as everyone was preparing for the Winter Olympics and the festivities. At that time one version of the painting was on display at the National Gallery in Oslo. However, the thieves were so unimpressed with the challenge of stealing the painting that they even left the memorable note: “Thanks for the poor security!”. After the incident they demanded a ransom of US$1 million which the Norwegian police refused to pay. The painting was recovered a few months later after an undercover operation. The interesting part with this case is that, although two years later four men were convicted for the theft, they never went to prison, being released on legal grounds.
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Printing has been evolved a lot in last couple of years – with intriguing designs, ideas and advancement it truly conveys the hidden message in an inspirational way. Whether the postcards are for individual or business purpose, it should reflect the message that conveys properly to the recipient.
Brochure and print designing is now more like an art and as such Postcard Printing should fulfill the purpose of creativity, ingenuity and carefully crafted colors embedded onto the cards. The final product not only looks reliable and eye-catching but also speaks of its quality. From colors to style, there are many choices for which one can select the design to deliver the fine piece.
Print design should be concise and clear – not filled with too many graphical items, and the colors, layout need to define identity of the subject so that the postcard looks amazing. We have collected some stunning postcard designs for your inspiration.
Posterity celebrates him as the leading figure of last century’s visual art movement – pop art. Before he arrived on the artistic scene of the 1960’s, advertising and celebrity culture had already enthralled the American people. His contributions to fields such as drawing, painting, film making, printmaking, photography, silk screening, sculpture and music, had something in common: his obsession with finding the relationship between artistic expression and popular culture items or people. During his lifetime, Andy Warhol’s controversial artistic personality stirred numerous talks about whether his so called art pieces could really be seen as such. Today we know that Andy Warhol’s works includes some of the most expensive paintings in the world.
One of Warhol’s most famous art pieces is the painting entitled “Campbell’s Soup Cans” which he produced in 1962 by making use of a semi-mechanized silk screening technique. It includes exactly 32 smaller paintings showing the now famous Campbell Tomato Soup cans, each of the same size, with a height of 20 inches and a width of 16 inches, being arranged in an orderly fashion on four rows. The number 32 is not coincidental, actually at that time there were exactly 32 varieties of soup sold by Campbell’s. Andy Warhol’s reaction to all the mass media fuss about this series was: “I used to drink it. I used to have the same lunch every day, for twenty years, I guess, the same thing over and over again.” This art piece is in perfect harmony with his personal artistic belief: “…the most banal and even vulgar trappings of modern civilization can, when transposed to canvas, become Art.”
“The Andy Warhol Diaries” was published posthumously in 1989 and it comprises eleven years of telephone conversations between Andy Warhol and Pat Hackett. This project began innocently in 1976 after Andy Warhol was audited and it was at first used as a method of documenting his daily spending habits. Hackett was the one to carefully transcribe every monologue or conversation he had with Warhol for legal purposes, although sometimes they contained far more details about his personal life than such a process would have required. More than 20,000 pages of diary were condensed into an 807-page book telling the unconventional story of Warhol, starting with the 24th of November, 1976 and ending just a few days before his death in 1987.
Andy Warhol’s most popular sculpture is by far the “Brillo Boxes”. It was exhibited for the first time at the Stable Gallery in 1964 as a part of a series of “grocery carton” art works which also included Campbell’s tomato juice cases, Heinz ketchup, Kellogg’s corn flakes, Mott’s apple juice, and Del Monte peaches. With this masterpiece, just as with “Campbell’s Soup Cans”, Andy Warhol achieved once more a successful transition between consumer-product imagery to the realm of art. He employed carpenters to build a number of 24 plywood boxes in identical size and then with a bit of assistance silk-screened each box with the logo of the Brillo soap pads. With regard to this sculpture, Warhol received just the amount a bad critique he was aiming at.
After many attempts at receiving recognition for his avant-garde approach to movie making, Andy Warhol finally struck gold with his 1966’ “Chelsea Girls” movie. The movie was shot in the Chelsea hotel and other places in New York City, starring some of Warhol’s most admired superstars of that time, such as: Rona Page, Brigid Berlin, Ed Wood, Edie Sedgwick, Patrick Flemming and many others. The style employed to make this movie is rather eclectic and definitely out-of-the-box, amassing several unexpected features: alternating soundtracks for each scene, a split screen presentation, black and white alternating with color photography. The public’s and critics’ reaction to “Chelsea Girls” was mixed, to say the least.
Andy Warhol’s fascination with death and the process of dying is perfectly depicted in the series of paintings he entitled “Death and Disaster”. Actually, the three paintings included in this series – Red Car Crash, Purple Jumping Man, and Orange Disaster – were originally photographs that Warhol had taken, and then reproduced using the silk screening process. Interestingly enough, this series confirms Warhol’s theory that “everyone gets their 15 minutes of fame” because he actually made some unknown people he randomly photographed worldwide famous.
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New York City, Los Angeles City and Hong Kong are home to some of the tall buildings, amazing architectures and busy people. People around the world having their vacation there never forget to see what’s in store for their hungry eyes. But never to our imagination that the buildings that you are about to see really exists and can be a sight that we will never forget.
These buildings were made not only for the owner to spoil their selves but to give happiness and attraction unto people who sees, a history to inspire us and benefits that could last a lifetime.
This is only one of the amazing buildings characterized and built by the renowned television series ‘Ripley’s Believe It or Not’. The cracked appearance that seems to be from a hurricane or an earthquake made it distinctive and famous. It is said that it is made to reflect the odd earthquake in year 1812 that measured 8.0 magnitude. Many international tourists has been there to witness how it was conceptualized and built but no one knows how to believe it or not at all.
A museum of modern and contemporary art, this building’s concept is a ship and built beside water to make it more realistic. Its exterior has curves for the effect of randomness to catch the light. Its walls are made of glass and titanium.It cost US$89 Million and opened on October 18, 1987 instantly hailed as the most important structure of its time. With the millions of visitors inspired with the museums not only interior but to exterior art.
This amazing structure will not only inspire you by its exterior design but also how it’s built. This palace is built by Ferdinand Cheval a postman. He claimed that he was tripped by a stone and was inspired by its shape and then on he started collecting stones and began building this. He spent 30 years picking and the first 20 years he build the outer wall. He bound the stones with lime, mortar and cement. Up to this date, it is a cultural landmark and protected but is open to visitors during Christmas day and New Years day. It is a fascinating example of naïve art, a motley assemblage of every conceivable architectural style and a monument to discover.
Built in Cornwall, United Kingdom, The Eden Project is the world’s largest greenhouse and the largest conservatory or biome in the planet. This project was completed year 2000. Each dome provides diverse growing conditions and thousands of plant species are displayed and it also includes environmental education. The domes are made of plastic cells supported by steel frames and designed hexagonal and pentagonal pattern. The Eden Project is one way of educating us, how important nature is, how will we preserve it, not only that, it also gives us amusement at the same time, which is very far from a mountain of garbage disposal we often see nowadays.
Guess what this building is making for production, It’s nothing else but ‘BASKET’. The Longaberger Company is an American manufacturer of handcrafted maple wood baskets, home and lifestyle products, pottery, wrought iron, fabric accessories and specialty foods. Dave Longarberger started its basket making in 1919 to tap the demand for woven party baskets and also dreamt of having the largest company with the largest replica of what it is manufacturing. In 1997 that dream came true, they made the largest basket replica, a 160 times larger than of Longaberger’s Medium basket. The basket building is made of stucco (a cement plaster) and the two handles at the top with copper and wooden rivets. Longarberger has inspired a lot to imitate his architecture and has contributed on tourism of Newark, Ohio.
Covered by books and installed by books. An American encyclopedia was its first collection; this Public Library in Kansas City has a humble beginning but has a huge contribution on the image and educational resources of the city. This building was established 1873, was moved in 1889, then in 1897 it was moved again to where it is located right now. This building comes with a grand rotunda and its reference rooms were decorated with murals and paintings. The shelf showcases 22 titles reflecting a wide variety of reading interest which was completed in 2004 and costs about US$50 million. Both an economic and architectural achievement, this library serves the city with knowledge and beauty.
Uniqueness inspired this building. For a total of 1000 windows, there are no two windows that are the same. There are different door and window handles to each apartment. Some described it as a cake that is layered by different flavor and bonded by chocolate just like a Christmas treat. This residential building complex was built in 1990s and finished in 2000. It has 105 apartments; the roof was planted with grass, shrubs and flowers making it more refreshing and amusing.
Simple but it’s quite funny if you see this picture. You will think that a house fell down from the sky and landed in a huge building. But the humorous mind of the creator speaks to us that society doesn’t always need to be serious and needs to see the lighter side. The overturned house represents “everyday life”, “normality in conflict with art”, and “perception of art”.
Built beside the Baroque Gothic and Art Nouveau, some of the famous and vintage buildings in Prague, the dancing house was born with a controversy with the architectural style itself. This amusing rather whimsical building that looks like a dancing couple stands out and eventually gain its own fame not only to Prague but to the World. It was named after two famous dancers Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers which it represents. The glass tower Ginger bends and clings to the concrete tower Fred, which has a metal cupola on the top, representing hair. Strange but makes you want to go dancing.
Ice, ice and ice; the chairs, beds, walls are all made of ice, imagine that. Imagine how cold yet exciting experience will that be, sleeping, eating and relaxing to hotel that is made of ice. Being the first hotel that had ice as the concept it made the whole world interested. But that’s not the end of it, Ice Hotel offers more, beside it is the river Torne that flows outside its office, the cold arctic climate, the northern lights and the midnight sun. As soon as winter begins, they also start to build the ice hotel; it also includes deluxe suites, art suites and regular rooms. Chill to bracing -5 degree Celsius, yet such is the mesmerizing lure of pure ice and snow that a stay at the ICE HOTEL has become the most popular winter holiday getaway.
Set your destination now, get your digital shots ready and enjoy the world’s most extravagant, exciting and out of the ordinary heights you’ll ever see.