History Stories
CATEGORY: Art History
7 Places from Famous Paintings That You Can Visit in Real Life
February 20, 2018

An art lover’s guide to travel. Read More

Undercover Ink: How Spies Use Tattoos
January 29, 2018

Throughout history, tattoos have played an important role in the espionage game. Read More

8 Multi-Million-Dollar Masterpieces Found in Unexpected Places
January 22, 2018

How eight lucky people found work by famous artists. Read More

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