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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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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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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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

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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The best photoconlays on paintings by famous artists, made for the project "Take a picture of the Rembrandt type"
Back in December 2018, an open-ended project called “Rembrandt-type snapshot” was launched, and a huge number of people became interested. Project participants were supposed to reproduce in their photographs famous…

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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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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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