Secret Lives of Great Artists

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What Your Teachers Never Told You About Master Painters and Sculptors

By Elizabeth Lunday

Outrageous and uncensored profiles of the world’s greatest artists, complete with hundreds of little-known, politically incorrect, and downright bizarre facts.

With such tid-bits as...

• Michelangelo had such repellant body odor that his assistants couldn’t stand working for him.
• Pablo Picasso did jail time for ripping off several statues from the Louvre.
• Gabriel Dante Rossetti’s favorite pet was a wombat that slept on his dining room table.
• Vincent van Gogh sometimes ate paint directly from the tube.
• Georgia O’Keeffe liked to paint in the nude.
• Salvador Dalí concocted a perfume from dung to attract the attention of his future wife.

With outrageous anecdotes about everyone from Leonardo (accused sodomist) to Caravaggio (convicted murderer) to Edward Hopper (alleged wife beater), Secret Lives of Great Artists is an art history lesson you’ll never forget!

Elizabeth Lundy is a journalist specializing in architecture and art. She writes the “Masterpieces” column for mental_floss magazine and lives in Forth Worth, Texas.

Paperback, 288 pages

Dimensions: 5.25 x 8 x 0.75 inches