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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How fools took an important place in art, and why Ivan is not such a fool as it seems
Jesters, holy fools, madmen and simply fools - permanent characters of a huge number of works - both folklore and copyright. Why is the fool in art so attractive -…

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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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“Marriage takes away hope”: As an artist, Paula Modersohn-Becker was looking for a balance between family and creativity

At the end of the 19th century, the inhabitants of the German village of Worpswede only said that they were about the eccentric artists who settled there. Young men and women wandered around with their sketchbooks around Worpswede, bringing stunted birches, small rivers and rotten foliage to the canvas. The canvases of one of them, Otto Moderzon, were seen at the exhibition by a young artist – Paula Becker – and this completely turned her life upside down. 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

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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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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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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