Think you know a lot about paint, painting, and color? See how many of the following facts you knew before reading them here. Be honest, now! If you know two or more of these facts, you’re at the top of the class. Also, be sure to check out Part 1 of this article series; it was so well received that we decided to publish this sequel.
2. Barber poles are painted red and white because in medieval times, barbers were also surgeons. The red and white stripes were used to symbolize clean and bloody bandages.
4. Vincent Van Gogh, who today is regarded as one of the world’s greatest artists, sold only one painting during his lifetime.
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5. In the 1860s, a painted house was a sign of great wealth. Average Americans, who often could not afford to paint their homes, kept up appearances by nailing cedar clapboard to them.
6. After painting London’s Blackfriar Bridge green, a color known to be calming and soothing, suicides from the bridge dropped by 34%.
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9. Many classical Greek and Roman statues that we see today as plain white marble were originally painted in various colors to make them look more realistic. The paint simply wore away over the centuries.