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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Realistic landscapes of the artist of the nineteenth century Ivan Velts, who did not remain in the shadow of the great painters of that great era
The nineteenth century raised and gave the world a whole galaxy of talented and famous artists of Russian painting. Savrasov, Shishkin, Levitan, Aivazovsky in the landscape genre were unsurpassed brilliant…

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From cave paintings to political graffiti: 11 paintings that changed the world
Usually, an object of art is considered from the point of view of entertainment - it pleases the eye, can lift a mood or entertain a person. But art can…

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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 has been bearing this title for many centuries, was neither one nor the other – except that she took her own biography as a work of art, becoming herself a source of inspiration. Continue reading

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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"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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Secrets of self-portraits of famous artists
Self-portrait in most cases - a tool of narcissism, an attempt to leave your image in eternity. But if a genius takes over, his image on the canvas can turn…

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