History Stories
CATEGORY: Art History
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

Indonesian Cave Paintings May Be Among World’s Oldest Art
October 9, 2014

Paintings found on limestone cave walls in Indonesia may date back at least 40,000 years, as long as the earliest art found in caves in Western Europe. Read More

Neanderthals May Have Been Artists, Too
September 3, 2014

A new study claims that markings found etched into the wall of a cave in Gibraltar are the work of Neanderthals, the closest extinct relatives of early modern humans. Read More

The Real-Life Story Behind “The Monuments Men”
May 13, 2014

Find out more about the unlikely World War II heroes who saved Europe’s art treasures and inspired the film. Read More

The Saga of Van Gogh’s Ear, 125 Years Ago
December 26, 2013

Troubled Dutch painter Vincent Van Gogh lost his left earlobe 125 years ago, but not all art historians believe the wound was self-inflicted. Read More

A Million-Dollar Picasso Could Be Yours—For Just $135
December 10, 2013

This month, a painting by Picasso is being raffled off, for the first time ever online, in order to help a group working to save an ancient city. Read More

$1.35 Billion in Nazi-Looted Art Found in Munich
November 5, 2013

German authorities report that 1,400 artworks thought looted by the Nazis have been discovered in a squalid Munich apartment. Read More

Painting in Swiss Vault May Be Leonardo Da Vinci’s
October 10, 2013

A previously unknown painting by Renaissance master Leonardo da Vinci may have been found in a Swiss bank vault. Read More

Six Things You May Not Know About the Louvre
August 9, 2013

As the world-famous museum turns 220 years old, here are some surprising facts about its long history. Read More