"Jan van Eyck was here": How did the artist, from which the era of the Northern Renaissance began
The painting of the Northern Renaissance, which became a consequence of the awakening of Europe from the medieval stagnation, differs from the works of the Italian Renaissance. This originality is…

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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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Legendary Kokan: Which artists and writers of different eras imagined a wonderland
People for centuries attracted the dream of heavenly life, as it implied the ability to live without thinking about their daily bread and material benefits. In many nations, this fantasy…

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Fascinating pictures of Armenians in love with the Russian north

An artist with an exotic Russian ear named Janna Tutunjan was born in the heart of Russia – in Moscow in the autumn of 1931. No one could have imagined that a talented graduate of the Surikov Art Institute would decide to take and go to her husband’s home country, to the village of the Vologda region. And that it is life in the village — more precisely, the way Gianna will capture it in her drawings and paintings — she will glorify Tutunjan and the land of Vologda. Continue reading

The personal drama of the French artist Emile Mounier, which inspired him to paint children’s portraits

There are not so many painters in the world history of art who dedicated their work to children’s portraits. For, in order to capture the lovely mischievous and immediate children, the artist is required to have an immense sense of patience and love for them. These qualities were abound in the French artist of the mid-19th century – Emile Mounier, who was considered the best painter of his time, who devoted himself entirely to this genre. And his attitude to his barefoot heroes, causing delight and affection from the public – not at all banal sentimentalism, but the personal drama of the artist. Continue reading

Magic in a box with pencils: Anna Yvonne Gilbert’s fabulous illustrations

Beautiful princesses and mysterious princes, Santa Claus and his wife, horses with flowing manes, swans in golden crowns … and all this – with colored pencils! In this cozy, sophisticated and sometimes creepy world invites lovers of fairy tales artist Anna Yvonne Gilbert.

Anna Yvonne Gilbert was born in 1951. The artist’s childhood passed in foggy Northumberland, and, as you know, Great Britain presented the world with many brilliant artists who create their own worlds! Recall Beatrice Potter or Eleanor Fortescue-Brickdale … Anna Yvonne Gilbert is in their lineup. Continue reading

The rise and fall of Orestes Kiprensky: For what the author of the best portrait of Pushkin was stoned and who saved him
Orest Kiprensky gladly accepted in the homes of nobles, not only in Russia, but also in France and Italy. His talent was recognized in Europe and nothing seemed to hinder…

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Forbidden and permitted in Islamic painting: From exquisite miniatures of the past to modern “nude” -kartin
It has long been believed that in the countries of the Islamic world the image of living beings, including people, is forbidden by religion. Is it really? On the one…

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Esoteric surrealism in mysterious fiction paintings that help to look into
It is no secret to anyone that human nature is mysterious, and can manifest itself both from the light and from the dark side. Therefore, it is very difficult to…

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Like an ordinary 40-watt light bulb changed the life of the artist Alexander Maranov
The one who sees these amazing creations of the artist Alexander Maranov for the first time, probably immediately got the idea: the master uses some kind of super new sparkling…

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