World Art Day
World Art Day is celebrated on April 15 because of Leonardo Da Vinci's birthday. Shutterstock/Pinkyone

World Art Day is celebrated every year on April 15 as it was established at the 17th General Assembly of the International Association of Art in Guadalajara, Mexico. World Art Day has been celebrated since 2012. The particular date was chosen in honor of Leonardo Da Vinci’s birthday, who is considered a symbol of free expression, multiculturalism, tolerance, world peace and of course, a visionary in the world of arts and other fields. Events on this day can vary from special museum hours to conferences and special exhibitions.

Art comes in numerous forms but the official categories (first established in ancient Greece) were Architecture, Painting, Sculpting, Music, Literature and Dance. Later, Cinema was added as the seventh art in 1911 by acclaimed cinematography professor and critic, Ricciotto Canudo. Here are some quotes to celebrate these forms of expression without which the world would certainly be less beautiful:

“The purpose of art is washing the dust of daily life off our souls.” – Pablo Picasso

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.” – Aristotle

“If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.” – Vincent Van Gogh

“Without tradition, art is a flock of sheep without a shepherd. Without innovation, it is a corpse.” – Winston Churchill

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious - the fundamental emotion which stands at the cradle of true art and true science.” – Albert Einstein

“If art is to nourish the roots of our culture, society must set the artist free to follow his vision wherever it takes him.” – John F. Kennedy

“No great artist ever sees things as they really are. If he did, he would cease to be an artist.” – Oscar Wilde

“Creativity takes courage.” – Henri Matisse

“The main thing is to be moved, to love, to hope, to tremble, to live.” – Auguste Rodin

“The earth has music for those who listen.” – William Shakespeare

“Life doesn't imitate art, it imitates bad television.” – Woody Allen

“Art doesn’t have to be pretty. It has to be meaningful.” – Duane Hanson

“Art is man's expression of his joy in labor.” – Henry A. Kissinger

“Art depends on luck and talent.” – Francis Ford Coppola

“We have art in order not to die of the truth.” – Friedrich Nietzche

“Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.” – Pablo Picasso

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