Did you know that $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum?
By: Diya Pachamuthu
On March 18th, 1990, 13 works of art valued at a combined total of $500 million were stolen from the Isabella Stewart Museum in Boston. Isabella Stewart Gardner was a leading American art collector, philanthropist, and patrons of the arts. These paintings are important because these are discoveries from the past that has a meaning. These arts reflect the society that creates them.
Isabella Stewart Gardner museum is an art museum built in 1896-1903. This museum was established in 1903. These were the paintings that were stolen: The Concert, The Storm on the Sea of Galilee, A Lady and Gentleman in Black, Landscape with an Obelisk, Chez Tortoni, Las Sortie de Pesage, Self-Portrait by Rembrandt, Cortege aux Environs de Florence, Program for an Artistic Soirée, Program for an Artistic Soirée, Three Mounted Jockeys, An ancient Chinese, A French Imperial Eagle. According to www.gardnermusum.org, it says “In the early hours of March 18th a vehicle pulled up near the side entrance of the Museum. Two men in police uniforms pushed the Museum buzzer, stated they were responding to a disturbance, and requested to be let in. The guards were handcuffed and tied up in the basement of the Museum. The thieves departed with 13 of the Gardner’s works of art 81 min. Later.” Isabella Stewart Gardner’s father was David Stewart and he made his fortune importing Irish linen and later through investments. Isabella Stewart Gardner is the 1,645th most popular Aries.
A similar event of the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum is that a French Museum discovers that half of its paintings are fake. 82 of the 140 pieces in a collection were counterfeits.
How Half of the Terrus Museum’s Paintings were Fake
By Angie Zhang
The Terrus Museum, dedicated to French artist Étienne Terrus, in Elne, France, found out in September 2019 that more than half of their collection of paintings that were painted by Terrus was fake. The museum had not been careful and had bought fake paintings without looking into the origins of the dealer.
How it Happened
This was the work of art forgery, when someone buys a painting, or paints a painting, and sells it claiming that it was painted by a famous artist. The Terrus Museum had been collecting art made by Étienne Terrus an local artist who lived from 1857 to 1922 for two decades, and spent a total of 365,000 dollars of donated money. All it took was the touch of a glove to wipe off Terrus’s signature and reveal the real artist’s name. They realized the painting was fake and checked to see if the other paintings were also forged. They found out that 82 out of the 140 of the paintings were fake, which is more than 50 percent of their paintings. “Maybe we were a little naive to not have looked at the origins of these paintings,” said Marthe Marie Codere, the president of friends of the Terrus Museum.
More About Art Forgery
Art forgery is a big problem, and even though it’s illegal, it’s only getting more troublesome to its victims because it’s very hard to spot, even for experts. It is estimated that 20 percent of paintings are fake in major art museums. The Modigliani exhibit in Genoa’s Palace found that 21 out of 21 paintings were forged. Art forgery is so bad there is a museum for it. But for now, the museum has re-opened with 60 paintings and they are still trying to promote local artist, Étienne Terrus.
Types of music for studying or relaxing
By Naara Soto
It is said that to study, it is necessary to have a quiet environment without distractions. Maybe this works for you. However, for some, studying in a quiet environment can backfire. This ‘quiet environment’ can make you end up fighting boredom and succumbing to the allure of sleeping at your desk! This is why the importance of choosing the right music for studying cannot be underestimated.
Although some studies say that listening to music while you study isn’t good, for many people it is vital. It calms them down, which can lead to productive studying. Music can also help elevate your mood and motivate you to study longer.
The real challenge is to select the right music for studying. The wrong type of study music may end up distracting you from your study. Here are some tips to choose your music:
Tip # 1
Classical music is peaceful and harmonious making it one of the best options to listen to when studying.
Tip # 2
It seems that there is evidence that Mozart improves mental performance. They call it the “Mozart Effect.”
Tip # 3
Listen to ambient instrumental music. This type of music is more modern than classical and has a similar effect. I always find that movie soundtracks are quite good.
Tip # 4
Listen to sounds of nature such as rain, waves, jungles or animals while studying. While this is not exactly music, it is relaxing and you will feel like you’re in another world.
You’re studying, not at a rave! Listen to your study music at a moderate volume. The lower the better. The louder it is, the more it will distract you. Your main purpose is to study so keep your music in the background. When you’re finished studying then you can crank it up to 11!
DAY OF THE DEAD!!!
Hey! Look at them. Those people are like skeletons!
By: Diya Pachamuthu
The Day of the Dead begins on October 31st and ends on November 2nd. The Day of the Dead Art was made David Lozeau, which is pretty cool. This holiday is celebrated throughout Mexico. The Day of the Dead is a celebration of life and death. The people paint their faces as skeletons and women would usually dress up in pretty dresses. They visit the graves of their loved ones and play music.
The Day of the Dead is also celebrated throughout various European and Latin American Countries and I thought it was only celebrated in Mexico. But actually, it is mainly celebrated in Mexico. This ritual, celebration, was started by the Aztecs 3,000 years ago. In www.history.com it says “On the Mexican holiday known as the Day of the Dead (el día de los Muertos), families welcome back the souls of their deceased relatives for a brief reunion that includes food, rinks and celebration. The Day of the Dead started with festivals dedicated to the goddess known as the ‘Lady of the Dead’, corresponding to the modern La Calavera Catrina. Hey, now tell me, who knew about the “Lady of the Dead”? The purpose of the Day of the Dead is a day to celebrate, remember, and prepare special foods in honor of those who have departed. I mean, this is not the only stuff you can do on the Day of the Dead, who could choose. It is believed that the spirit of the dead visit families, which I believe, on October 31st and leave on November 2nd.
This is important to people because visiting family members that have passed away is a special connection between them. I wouldn’t want to break that connection. Some people might think it's crazy to visit someone’s grave, but the people in Mexico, don’t think that. They think it is a way of remembering them and have fun with them even now! Well, this is what I call amazingness.
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