From petroglyphs to the drawings of the great Pushkin: History of portrait profile
The profile that in the modern world is associated primarily with self-presentation in the Internet space, in its original meaning of a half-turn, silhouette is almost the same age as…

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Secrets of the female soul in the Art Nouveau style in the pictures of the Moscow artist
Women artists, as a rule, always bring something unique, extraordinary and refined into the history of art. So the female soul is arranged, there is both a riddle, and fragility,…

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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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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

From the life of Parisians: Pictures of the French realist Firment-Girard, who admired Repin and Kramskoy

France has always been a center of art and culture. Therefore, innovative artists at all times sought to Paris in search of fame and recognition. One of them, Francois-Marie Firmen-Girard, is a terrific realist, a virtuoso of painting and a subtle psychologist who, during his lifetime, conquered the hearts of not only the public, but also well-known fellow artists. Ivan Kramskoy himself and Ilya Repin were shocked by the talent of the Frenchman and spoke with admiration about his work. Continue reading

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 scientific community and at the level of public understanding of the role of Ivan Stepanovich Mazepa in the history of Russia and Ukraine. One thing can be stated unequivocally – it was an extraordinary person, in front of the bright colors of which artistic fiction of works about Mazepa Ryleev, Pushkin, Byron and Hugo fade. 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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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,…

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A photographer travels the world and shoots a reflection of cities in puddles on a smartphone
Guido Gutierrez Ruiz has two hobbies - travel and photography. He also has an Instagram account in which he uploads his photos. Ruiz is convinced that for a good picture…

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Michelangelo and other talented forgers who managed to fool the art world
Art has long been turned into a profitable business that brings millions to especially experienced people. After all, these masterpieces are worth huge sums. The dealer receives his share, the…

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