Pimen Orlov: As an apprentice, the painter became a student of Briullov and one of the best European portrait painters
The history of Russian art knows many names of artists who came from the common people. One of these is the brilliant Russian portrait painter Pimen Nikitich Orlov, a native…

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The story of one picture: How a cat saved a baby during a flood and made history
For a long time, artists of the historical genre, as a rule, laid down real historical events in the plots of their paintings, which is quite logical. So the tragedy…

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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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Casilda adopted Christianity

“Holy Wives” de Zurbaran: What secrets are kept female portraits of the famous painter of the XVII century

The cycle of female portraits of Francisco de Zurbaran called “Holy Wives” for almost 400 years has attracted the audience not only by masterful painting performance, but also by terrible secrets. So, behind the image of each saint is fate, as a rule, very cruel and merciless. The short life of almost every one of them was tragically cut short by torture, humiliation and execution. Continue reading

As the sons of the Austrian artist Carl von Blaas became famous portrait painters of their time
Contrary to the well-known concept that “nature is resting on children of geniuses”, the world history of art still knows quite a few dynasties of artists that transferred a divine…

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As the "woman with a man's soul" that Rubens himself painted, became the first lady of the Renaissance
The first lady of the Renaissance - such an honorary title could receive a great artist or a muse for the creators of that era. But Isabella d’Este, namely, she…

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What pictures of Russian classics were forbidden to be shown, and for what reason did they fall out of favor with the censors
We are accustomed to associate censorship bans with forbidden books or films. But even in such a seemingly harmless genre of art as painting, artists could go against the ideological…

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Pimen Orlov: As an apprentice, the painter became a student of Briullov and one of the best European portrait painters
The history of Russian art knows many names of artists who came from the common people. One of these is the brilliant Russian portrait painter Pimen Nikitich Orlov, a native…

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