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September 13, 1503

On September 13, 1503, Michelangelo began working on his magnum opus, his marble statue of David. Two years later when he finished and unveiled his masterpiece to the world and everyone came running to look at it, it is rumored … Continue reading

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September 12, 1940

On September 12, 1940, Marcel Ravidat, an 18-year-old apprentice garage mechanic took his dog, Robot, for a walk in the hills near his home in Montignac. Montignac is in the Dordogne region of southwestern France. While in the hills, Robot, … Continue reading

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August 23, 2015

On August 23, 2015, the $1.5 million 17th-century painting “Flowers” by Paolo Porpora was accidentally damage. The painting was being shown in an art exhibit in Taiwan when a 12 year-old boy tripped and put his hand through the painting. … Continue reading

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December 4, 1961

On December 4, 1961, the Museum of Modern Art installed Henri Matisse’s ‘Le Bateau’. It wasn’t until 47 days later that Genevieve Habert, a visitor, noticed the mistake and notified a guard. Nothing was done, so Habert called the New … Continue reading

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January 15, 1899

On January 15, 1899, Edwin Markham’s seminal poem. “The Man With a Hoe” was published for the first time in the San Francisco Examiner. The poem was inspired by Jean-Francois Millet’s painting “L’homme a la houe”, which depicted a weary, … Continue reading

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November 12, 1840

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY.com! on this date in 1840, the famous and talented sculptor Auguste Rodin was born in Paris, France. His most widely known works of art are “The Kiss” and “The Thinker” and his least known works … Continue reading

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October 29, 1998

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1998, the oldest known copy of Archimedes’ work sold for $2 million at a New York auction. It was a diagram of a crudely drawn man holding the end of a very long lever … Continue reading

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October 4, 1927

On This Date in TWISTED-HISTORY! in 1927 the first actual work of carving began on the Mount Rushmore monument. Gutzom Borglum, the commissioned artist and his 400 workers began carving the faces of Presidents Washington, Lincoln, Jefferson, Theodore Roosevelt, and … Continue reading

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August 21, 1911

On THIS DATE IN TWISTED-HISTORY in 1911, the Mona Lisa was stolen from the Louvre by Vincenzo Peruggia, an employee of the Louvre. Vincenzo “Vinnie” Peruggia was caught two years later in 1913 as he tried to sell the painting … Continue reading

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