Leonardo da Vinci, Mona Lisa (1503–1517). Photo: via Wikipedia Commons.
Source: Art Net News
1.The artist's mystique is as valuable as his technique. Technique and style count, but mystique is the third crucial component. The most famous artworks of all time all had a bit of intrigue in them. Was the Mona Lisa Leonardo da Vinci in drag? Was she pregnant? Was she Leonardo's mother and a Chinese slave? We may never know.
Johannes Vermeer, Girl With A Pearl Earring (1665). Photo: via Wikipedia Commons.
2. The best artists are the slow burning ones to popularity. Johannes Vermeer, the painter of The Girl with the Pearl Earring, andmaster of light, was vastly underappreciated in his lifetime. It was only after art critic Thophile Thore-Burger published a catalogue on the artist two centuries after his death that his work gained widespread recognition. Having so few artworks in circulation (34), Vermeer is one of the most sought-after masters in the world.