Much like the Mona Lisa, the subject of Johannes Vermeer’s Girl with a Pearl Earring has been highly contested—but for the most likely candidate, Vermeer didn’t have to look far. The model for his painting is thought to be his daughter Maria.
Andy Warhol’s 1962 Pop Art depiction of a Campbell’s Soup can actually comes in a set of 32 silk screened canvases, each representing the 32 separate soup varieties that the company sold at the time.
Johannes Vermeer used a forerunner of the camera during the 16th century, known as the Camera Obscura. While camera work is frowned upon by many fine artists today, Vermeer used images from that camera to project the scene he was to paint onto his canvas.
Paul Cezanne died a lonely death on October 22, 1906 after contracting pneumonia. He was surrounded by crates of unsold paintings and unpaid bills.