Monet, Van Gogh, and the other Impressionism and Post Impressionism painters (1860’s-late 1800's) couldn't have done what they did without the invention of the paint tube, Before it was invented in 1841, it was too hard to carry around paint and do complete paintings outside. A little known American portrait painter, John G. Rand was the genius behind the humble tin paint tube that changed painting forever.
Most of us know of someone who is 100 years old. If you line up a person born at the turn of each century and lived for 100 years, it would take only 20 people from now to the time that Jesus walked the earth.
Look closely and you’ll see that Van Gogh’s Starry Night's swirly sky and the iconic Japanese woodcut print, The Great Wave's crest have a very similar composition and color scheme of blues, yellows and oranges. The steeple in Starry Night is also pointing up in the same place as Mt. Fuji in The Great Wave. Coincidence or inspiration?
The Great Sphinx’s nose was destroyed in 1378 by a Sufi Muslin named Muhannad Sa’im al Dahr who wanted to stop the local Egyptian peasants from treating it like a god and sacrificing to it. So he just chiseled it off. This was documented by an Arab Egyptian historian in the 1400’s. Napoleon's troops were also blamed for taking shots at it as well.