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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"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…

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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 of Diamonds” challenged painters and academics. Everything was provocative in this “grouping” – its very name, the first exhibition and, of course, the pictures that were painted by young artists. Continue reading

"Maha dressed" and "Maha nude": How passion flared up around the scandalous paintings of Francisco Goya
Surprisingly, the paintings of the famous Spanish artist, painted at the turn of the enlightened XVIII and XIX century gold, became the causes of scandals until the liberated XX. Despite…

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Who were the humble and horny who inspired and posed for Gustav Klimt
In the life of the famous Austrian artist there were hundreds of women: the rich wives of the Viennese elite and the poor prostitutes, friends for many years and random.…

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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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Sergey Zaryanko and his “living” portraits: As a boy from the serfs, became the favorite artist of the royal family
The nineteenth century was truly golden in the art of Russia - not least because talented artists were valued and supported - both in the halls of educational institutions and…

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