You’ll Never Guess What’s on the Back Panel of the Mona Lisa
The Mona Lisa is a portrait by Leonardo da Vinci from the Renaissance. The subject was a rich lady named Lisa Gherardini, and she would probably be surprised to find out that she is so well known today. Billions recognize her instantly! Even though she was a noblewoman, it’s a bit much. Her smile has been analyzed for centuries, and we probably know all we need to know about the artist’s technique, too. But we wonder: What’s on the back?
Anyone who saw Mona in her modern location in Paris missed this part. If you were to turn it around, you would see something that looks like art on an Indie album. Kind of cool, no?
It’s Leo the MGM Lion Getting Ready for His Close-up
Movie studio intros were tough in the old days: Everyone could do a basic cartoon, and that wasn’t innovative. How could you stand out in the crowd? MGM decided they wanted to feature a live lion. They wanted to capture the roar, for real. But how could you get a big cat to roar on cue, and not bite you? This man is trying to do exactly that, as Reddit has exposed.
“Leo the Lion” here is getting ready here for his close-up in 1928. Although that was the trademarked name, this kitty’s real name was actually Jackie. The more you know!
That Famous Construction Worker Image Was Shot on a Skyscraper
We have all seen that vintage poster of construction workers having their lunch on a hanging beam. It looks kind of scary, but they don’t seem fazed. Few of us would be willing to eat our sandwich up there, but we do appreciate the image. These 11 guys were hanging out at the Rockefeller Center during final construction, in 1932. How did the photographer capture the moment without falling himself?
Of course, Redditors tracked down the answer. The photographer was a man named Charles Ebbets. Here, he is about to take the most famous shot of his career. Well done, sir!
Author Stephen King once explained: “Humor is almost always anger with its make-up on.” Maybe that’s where he got his inspiration for the character Pennywise in the movie It. The story’s terrifying clown made us shriek in the theaters. The sewers in the film provided a dark and creepy location for violence. But did you know that no actual sewers were used? Behold, the alternative angle for the sewer system.
This set was built at the studio, and the behind-the-scenes photo shows what it looked like for actors and staff. It’s decidedly less scary, seen from this angle. But interestingly, it’s quite complex!
The Real Filming of the Bohemian Rhapsody Music Video
We heard it loud and clear: “Thunderbolts and lightning, very, very frightening me. Galileo, Galileo.” What did it all mean? Nobody knows, to this day. But Bohemian Rhapsody is still our favorite Queen song, and we definitely loved the video. At that time, music videos weren’t really that common. But the 1975 hit helped make this a norm. Alternate Angles found a great picture of the filming, and we are fascinated.
Fun fact: The video was completely filmed and edited in just nine hours. Queen rushed because of a deadline to air on Top of the Pops, a BBC music show. We think it all worked out, just as history planned.
The TV Audience Actually Looks Like From the Stage
Although we have all watched our fair share of television, most of us will never know what it looks like on the other side. And what we mean by that, is the stage itself. What does it feel like to be part of a show in front of a live audience? Alternate Angles found this photo to offer a clue. We’ve all had fantasies about being a star. But be honest: Would you feel comfortable up here?
It looks like this is a venue that hosts mega productions. Maybe it’s the Emmys. Maybe it’s the Grammys. We can’t say for sure, and it could be both. But one thing is clear right away: It’s intimidating!