History Stories
CATEGORY: Art History
Stunning ‘Long-Lost’ Da Vinci Painting Sells for Record $450 Million
November 15, 2017

It was the highest price ever paid for a painting. Read More

How a Priceless da Vinci Masterwork Disappeared from View for Centuries
November 14, 2017

Leonardo's “Salvator Mundi” was first authenticated in 2011. Read More

Why Many Famous Figures Feared They’d Be Buried Alive
November 13, 2017

For centuries, people were terrified of being buried alive—for good reason. Read More

Meet the Archaeologist Who Helps Find Stolen Art
August 30, 2017

Christos Tsirogiannis builds cases against art smugglers and the institutions that enable them. Read More

The Heist that Made the Mona Lisa Famous
August 19, 2016

In 1911, a former Louvre employee perpetrated one of the greatest art heists in history: the theft of Leonardo da Vinci’s immortal painting “Mona Lisa.” Read More

Scientist Finds Hidden Portraits Underneath “Mona Lisa”
December 9, 2015

Using reflective light technology, French scientist Pascal Cotte has found several images hidden beneath the surface of Leonardo da Vinci’s masterpiece. Read More

7 Things You May Not Know About Vincent Van Gogh
July 8, 2015

Find out more about the Dutch-born painter, including what he did before becoming an artist, the unusual place where he painted some of his best-known works and why he might not have been responsible for cutting off his own ear. Read More

Painting Called the “Mona Lisa” of Ancient Egypt is Likely Fake
April 2, 2015

An Italian researcher has concluded that a painting some have called the ancient Egyptian equivalent of DaVinci’s “Mona Lisa” is probably a fake. Read More

History’s Biggest Art Heist Remains Unsolved, 25 Years Later
March 18, 2015

The largest art heist in history remains unsolved 25 years after thieves stole 13 masterpieces worth $500 million from a Boston museum. So whodunit? Read More

9 Things You May Not Know About Michelangelo
March 6, 2015

On the 540th anniversary of his birth, learn nine surprising facts about the artist often called “the Divine One.” Read More