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The Monna Lisa painting is stored in an exclusive museum room that costs over 7 million US dollars. It is protected in a temperature-controlled environment to maintain the original colors of the painting and is housed inside a bullet-proof, and fire-proof glass. According to an article released by Scientific Reports that was cited on Nature Asia, an experiment was done by Hawoong Jeong and colleagues, carefully examining 8,798 western paintings from 11th century to mid-19th century were through digital imaging techniques and they are classified into 10 historical periods: Medieval, Early Renaissance, North Renaissance, High Renaissance, Mannerism, Baroque, Rocco, Neoclassicism, Romanticism, and Realism. Research revealed that from the Medieval period, paintings are becoming more colorful and vibrant due to the introduction of oil paints and new kinds of color pigments. Speaking of color pigments, the color purple was once associated with royalty and intellectual superiority that is why only aristocrats could afford this expensive color pigment. Interestingly, 4 million mollusks were crushed to create just a pound of purple pigment—this happened during Roman times. With the advent of technology, art has reached the digital age. From 1.5 billion US dollars in 2013, the estimated value of online art market has reached 4.22 billion in 2017 and is projected to reach 9.14 billion in 2021 based on the data presented on Statista. While 2017 was the year of adopting new visual trends such as authenticity and greenery, 2018 has a whole lot more in store for us—ultra-violet shades, surreal touch, more movement, and more compassion. Pantone is the color of 2018—shades of lavender and other purples are highly anticipated.