Numbers | Lifestyle.INQ

OCTOBER 27, 2022

35,000: Estimated number of artworks housed in the Musée du Louvre or the Louvre Museum in Paris, France.

1911: Year that Leonardo da Vinci’s “Mona Lisa,” one of the most famous paintings in the world, was stolen from the Louvre.  It was returned to the museum 28 months later after the thief tried to sell the painting to an Italian antique dealer, who reported him to the police.

$106.5 million: Cost of the Pablo Picasso painting “Nude, Green Leaves and Bust” – the most expensive painting ever sold. It was sold in New York in 2010.

$104 million: Cost of Alberto Giacometti’s statue “L’Homme qui marche I,” the most expensive sculpture ever sold. It was sold in London in 2010.

900: Estimated number of paintings created by Vincent Van Gogh in a span of 10 years.  He sold only one painting during his lifetime.

1,000+: Estimated number of artworks included in the Visual Arts Collection of the Philippine National Museum.  The collection includes works by Filipino artists like Juan Luna and Felix Resurreccion Hidalgo, among others.

4.22 x 7.675: Size in meters of Juan Luna’s “Spoliarium,” described by the National Museum as “the largest painting in the Philippines.”

46: Age of Napoleon Abueva when he was named National Artist in 1976.  Considered the Father of Modern Philippine Sculpture, he became the youngest artist to be given the award.

1892: Year that painter Fernando Amorsolo was born.  In 1973, he became the first to be named a National Artist.

37: Age of Mideo Cruz, the controversial artist of the installation art “Poleteismo,” which mixed Christ with kitschy symbols of pop culture and included a crucifix with a movable penis. The exhibit sparked a national debate on the definition of “art.”

Compiled by Schatzi Quodala, Inquirer Research

Source:,,,,,,, PDI Archives

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