• Liz Publika

Six Historic Works of Art by Famous Artists With a Great Sense of Humor: A visual essay

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The Vegetable Gardener (1587–1593) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526 - 1593)
The Vegetable Gardener (1587–1593) by Giuseppe Arcimboldo (1526 - 1593)

Turn it upside down, and all will be revealed.


Scholars Consulting Books and a Globe  (1747) by Giovanni Francesco Costa (1711 - 1772)
Scholars Consulting Books and a Globe (1747) by Giovanni Francesco Costa (1711 - 1772)

Use a mirror, and be amazed!


Reflections, or the Music Lesson (date unknown) by Thomas Rowlandson (1757- 1827)
Reflections, or the Music Lesson (date unknown) by Thomas Rowlandson (1757 - 1827)

Yep. Mirrors are useful.


The Experts (1837) by Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps (1803 – 1860)
The Experts (1837) by Alexandre-Gabriel Decamps (1803 - 1860)

Everyone's a critic.


L.H.O.O.Q, Mona Lisa with moustache (1919) by Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)
L.H.O.O.Q, Mona Lisa with moustache (1919) by Marcel Duchamp (1887 - 1968)

Anything you can do, I can do better.


Clairvoyance (1936) Self-portrait by Rene Magritte (1898 –1967)
Clairvoyance (1936) Self-portrait by Rene Magritte (1898 - 1967)

This guy is good!



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