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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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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"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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Belgian genre and historical scene artist

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

Pictures of Joseph Comanza

The secrets of history at all times attracted and attracted creative people, especially artists. Who, no matter how they, managed to convey to our time the idea of ​​how humanity lived many centuries ago. At one time, fascinated by the excavations of the ancient Pompeii, the Belgian artist Pierre Olivier Joseph Comans created a series of works, where he reflected the life of its inhabitants to a terrible tragedy. 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

Painting by John Millet “Christ in the Parent’s House” caused a scandal and the beginning of a new trend in art
The picture, in which Christ and his family were depicted as "ordinary people", caused the once great resonance in English society. Excessive realism was considered by many to be inappropriate…

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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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How happened the fate of 10 famous paintings that were spoiled by vandals
Pictures of famous (and sometimes not very masters) sometimes have a magical effect on people. And it happens that this is not only admiring and rapture, but extreme reactions. So…

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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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