Museums always attract with their mystery and spiritual connection with history. Works of art from different eras and trends, brilliant authors, ancient relics and still unsolved secrets attract hundreds of thousands of visitors every year. Don Wildman, TV show host «Museum mysteries» on the Travel Channel, an entertainment TV channel, exploring the mysterious monuments of cultural and historical heritage. In search of extraordinary stories, he travels around the world to create a unique video tour of the most interesting and fascinating places on the planet. In the show «Museum mysteries» he will visit famous museums in America, try to uncover historical secrets and see with his own eyes the objects that the whole world is talking about! And in December Don will continue his exciting journey with a new show. «Monumental secrets», will travel to Europe and introduce viewers to the history and legends of the most amazing monuments located in London, Berlin and Paris. We invite you to go on an educational journey with Don and learn about the most mysterious museums and ancient exhibits, the secrets of which have not yet been solved..
The most mysterious museum in the world
The Louvre is certainly not only one of the most famous museums in the world, but also one of the most mysterious. Its collection includes exhibits from the dawn of ancient civilizations and delights tourists from all over the world. Until now, no one knows for certain where the name of the museum came from. According to one version, it originated from the Old Saxon word «lower» - «fortress», on the other, it is somehow connected with the word «loup» - «Wolf», and this is not surprising, because the Louvre was built on the swamps, which were then literally filled with wolves. Another mystery of the museum is the sculpture of the Venus de Milo exhibited here. Historians are still wondering who is the author of this work of art and why the sculpture has no hands? There is an opinion that the monument could originally have been created without these body parts, on the other hand, it is possible that the marble goddess was holding something valuable in her hands ... Some researchers argue that there was a mirror in her hands, others believe that it was a veil with which she covered herself. Recently, the most popular story is about the French envoy to Greece, who allegedly managed to solve this mystery. He visited the Buttoni family, whose head at one time found Venus. His already elderly son replied that Venus had an apple in his hands.!
This assumption made a real sensation: the unusual turn of Venus's shoulders, the difficult posture did not fit at all with an apple in his hands. In addition, for such a complex Greek statue, the apple would have more biblical character..
On the island where the goddess was found, more than one expedition was equipped, but the search yielded nothing and no hands were found there. On the other hand, this incredible story has given free rein and imagination to activists who create various hand models and send them to the Louvre. Sometimes the museum workers even arrange a photo display of Venus with hands, but the surprising thing is that none of the hand models still fit this statue..
The most mysterious picture
«Crying boy», perhaps not only one of the most mysterious, but also one of the most famous paintings in the world. The author of this masterpiece is the Spanish artist Giovanni Bragolin. At first glance, the picture is absolutely harmless, it depicts a little boy in tears. On closer inspection, you can see that the boy does not look very upset or offended, but there is anger in his eyes. There is a legend that the boy's father (he is the author of the portrait), trying to achieve brightness, vitality, real emotions and naturalness of the canvas, lit matches in the face of the baby, while the boy was afraid of fire to death. The kid cried, and his father painted his emotions on canvas. One day the child could not stand it and shouted at his father in fear: «Burn yourself!». A month later, the boy died of pneumonia, and soon the artist's body was found in his own burnt house next to a painting miraculously escaped from the fire. This is where the sad story could have ended if, in 1985, the British newspapers were not told that firefighters had found reproductions in almost every burned-down building. «Crying boy», and the most amazing thing is that the fire did not even damage them. Until now, just looking at the picture becomes uncomfortable.
The most unusual mechanism ever created
In the small village of Kag in Austria there is a real work of art, which bears the name «World machine». In 1958, Franz Gzelmann, the son of a poor farmer, saw a large model of the atom at the Brussels World Exhibition. Iron sculpture «Atomium» immediately became a symbol of the peaceful use of atomic energy and literally bewitched Franz. He acquired a model of a sculpture of such an atom and conceived his own project, to which he eventually devoted 23 years of his life, using scrap metal, improvised pieces of iron and parts from the second-hand markets as a material..
Franz built his strange contraption around the atomic model, adding bells, clocks, fans, conveyor belts, whistles, chains, and even a xylophone. His project was eventually completed, the structure 6 m long and 3 m high was a complex mechanical system, consisting of a variety of components. Even today, this design is capable of capturing the imagination of anyone, on the other hand, it can be called the strangest mechanism ever created in the world. The fact is that no one knows what this car was intended for, according to the author's idea! He hid his creation from his family until it was almost completely finished, and then he suddenly died without revealing the secret of its purpose. «World machines». Parts of this design run on 25 electric motors and perform different kinetic processes: jitter, sway, rotation, and also reproduce light and sound effects. Currently, there are many theories as to why Gzelmann devoted the best years of his life to building this crazy machine. Although the exact answers to the questions have not yet been found, they still «World machine» is one of the strangest projects in human history. I would like to believe that with the help of this mechanism Franz wanted to show and open the most intimate and hidden doors of the human soul.