In Unterpfaffenhofen, Germany, 200 years ago, Carl Spitzweg was born. Spitzweg's paintings, like "The Bookworm" and "Scholar of Natural Sciences," are perfect for mental_floss with their mix of academia and humor. So, to celebrate Spitzweg's birth, let's delve into "The Bookworm."
1. Carl Spitzweg originally trained and worked as a pharmacist, at his father's insistence. He took up painting after an illness, and was only able to devote... READ ON