From ancient cave paintings to modern-day art, animals have inspired artists for thousands of years. Animal symbolism is a powerful tool that creatives can use to add depth and meaning to their work. This blog post will examine how bats have influenced artists around the world. Bats are fascinating creatures, with over 1,400 incredibly diverse species known, ranging from tiny bumblebee bats to flying foxes with wingspans of up to six feet. In art, bats also have a vast range of symbolic meanings. Discover how and why cultures worldwide have celebrated this fascinating creature.
The infamous theft of the painting 'Nativity with St Francis' and St Lawrence earned it a place in one of the FBI's Top Ten Art Crimes. This glorious work by Caravaggio was stolen from the Oratory of San Lorenzo in Palermo, Sicily, in October 1969 by an unknown thief. Despite years of investigations, there have been no leads as to who might have stolen the painting or what may have happened. Read on to learn more about this magnificent painting and its mysterious disappearance.