Tidbits for Small Talk

Casually dropping these cultural tidbits is bound to solidify your reputation as “the artsy one.”

The Eiffel Tower during the 1889 Exposition Universelle (TOUREIFFEL.PARIS)

The Eiffel Tower Repurposed:
Gustave Eiffel, the engineer behind the Eiffel Tower, also designed the framework for the Statue of Liberty. Originally, the Eiffel Tower was intended to be a temporary structure for the 1889 Exposition Universelle (World’s Fair) in Paris but was later repurposed and became an iconic symbol of the city.

Creative Currency:
In 2003, the West African nation of Benin issued a series of postage stamps that could be used as legal tender. These stamps featured contemporary African art and aimed to promote both the country’s artistic heritage and its postal service.

The national flag of Benin


Mona Lisa’s Smile Mystery:
The enigmatic smile of the Mona Lisa has puzzled art enthusiasts for centuries. Leonardo da Vinci used a technique called sfumato, blurring the lines around her mouth and eyes, creating an optical illusion that makes her expression seem to change depending on your perspective

Art Heist Extravaganza:
The largest art theft in history occurred in 1990 at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston. Thieves stole 13 pieces, including works by Vermeer and Rembrandt, with an estimated combined value of around $500 million. The case remains unsolved.

Johannes Vermeer, The Concert (1664) (WIKIMEDIA COMMONS)

Sagaki Keita, Commissioned Work, 2012 (IMAGE: SAGAKIKEITA.COM / PRIVATE COLLECTION)

Doodle Revolution:
The world’s largest doodle made by a single person is over 3 kilometers (almost 2 miles) long! It was created by an artist named Sagaki Keita and is an intricate amalgamation of tiny drawings forming a larger, cohesive artwork.