Find 700 years later: On the ancient Italian fresco, the hidden face of Satan was found
The Basilica of St. Francis in Italy has long attracted tourists and pilgrims from all over the world. The church was built shortly after the death of Francis of Assisi…

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Scandalous "Jack of Diamonds": How daring Russian artists from hooligans and provocateurs turned into avant-garde classics
At the beginning of the last century, this community of rebellious artists was almost the most scandalous in our country. No wonder, after all, the shocking creative group “The Jack…

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How Chinese artists went around at the Sotheby’s auction of Pablo Picasso
Over the past decades, China has rapidly burst into all spheres of human life. Fine art was no exception. So, in 2011, at the Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, for…

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Why for centuries the extravagant genius of the Renaissance was not recognized in the Motherland: “Another Venetian” Lorenzo Lotto

In a series of great Italian Renaissance artists, a special place is occupied by Lorenzo Lotto. More recently, this painter was in the shadow of his famous contemporaries and countrymen, for centuries remaining unrecognized, even at home. Meanwhile, the creative and life path of this misanthrope and nonconformist of the times of Titian, as well as the fate of some of his canvases, deserve attention, study, and often – admiration. Continue reading

Between the Renaissance and the gloomy Gothic: Pictures of the Ukrainian artist, who was born 500 years after his time
Considering the work of contemporary artists, it seems that they all work in two directions: some get their inspiration and look for answers to their creative questions in the classical…

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"Great castration": How covered up the shame in paintings and sculptures at different times
The history of art knows many examples when, at a change in cultural epochs, works created by predecessors begin to be perceived not quite rightly. Probably the most significant in…

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Picture-tricks: How over the centuries artists confused the audience
Optical illusions are not new, the first “illusionists” were the ancient creators. With the development of painting, the skill of artists in creating paintings-deceptions was improved - initially confusing, always…

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Seven Betrayals of Ivan Mazepa: Brilliant Strategist or Cunning Adventurer?
Reviews of this historical figure to this day resemble a swing with a large amplitude - from plus to minus and vice versa. Disputes do not subside both in the…

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