Here's one more Durer--this is a self-portrait, painted when he was 26. Now do you feel like you haven't accomplished anything in your life?
Happy birthday to Albrecht Durer, born on this date in 1471. This is his famous engraving of a rhinoceros, completed despite the fact that Durer never in his life laid eyes on the actual animal. Not suprisingly, he got several details wrong, but so great was Durer's reputation that it wasn't until the late 1800s that European textbooks replaced his rhino with drawings of the real thing.
Random fact of the day: On this date in 1899 the first traffic ticket was issued in America. New York cab driver was stopped on Lexington Avenue for going a blistering 12 mph.
What I’m Writing
"Grant Wood's 'American Gothic'" No American artwork has been parodied more than American Gothic. Zombies, dogs, Beavis and Butthead, the Muppets, Lego figures, and even Nicole Richie and Paris Hilton have taken a turn with the pitchfork. But the painting itself is no joke--American Gothic is as recognizable as the Mona Lisa and The Scream.mental_floss, Jan/Feb 2012.
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