Gothic was originally a term of criticism among the Italian Renaissance artists who coined it. The term implied that, compared to superior classical buildings, the Gothic medieval cathedrals were so crude that only a Goth could produce them.
In ancient times, it was believed that certain colors could combat the evil spirits that lingered over nurseries. Because blue was associated with the heavenly spirits, boys were clothed in that color, boys then being considered the most valuable resource to parents.
People have been painting for the past 20,000 years, but it wasn't until 1880 that you could purchase ready mixed paints.
The term Art Nouveau was taken from the name of a shop that opened in Paris in 1895. In France, Art Nouveau is referred to as 'Modern Style'.
Genghis Khan forever impacted Eastern porcelain by introducing the Chinese to cobalt blue, which he carried from Iran.