What was the life of the citizens of Pompeii before the legendary volcanic eruption: Pictures of Joseph Comans
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 humankind…

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“Nu” in Soviet style: How many are asked today for the social realism of Alexander Deineka on the global art market?
After the teleconference in 1986, Leningrad - Boston, the whole world is finding out that there is nothing forbidden in the USSR, what happens between a man and a woman,…

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Winter landscapes of Russian nature, which are transferred to the snow-covered fairy tale
Winter on the Russian land is a magical and unusual season. Summer time is on all continents and it will not surprise anyone, but the real winter with strong frosts…

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How Chinese artists went around at the Sotheby’s auction of Pablo Picasso himself

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 the first time, Chinese artist Zhang Datsyan (1899–1983) became the most expensive master of the world, moving Pablo Picasso himself from the pedestal, who for many years ranked first in the art rating. Continue reading

How in the modern world fake antique art

The problem of fraud exists for millennia. George Vasari – the author of the famous “Lives of the most famous painters, sculptors and architects,” spoke about the amazing case of a fake from Michelangelo Buonarroti himself. True, it occurred at the very beginning of the career of the famous master. Having sculpted the Sleeping Cupid statue, a young and enterprising sculptor secretly drove her far beyond the city and buried it in the ground. After some time, he “accidentally” discovered the “ancient monument” and very successfully sold it. 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

Fakes in Russia and the USSR: How were collectors and famous museums selling fakes
Collectors and investors with big money for decades have held a high level of demand for works of art. Not far behind them, and museums, buying all new masterpieces from…

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Who served as prototypes for the "strange picture" of the brilliant Italian
During the life of Titian Vecellio da Cadore was awarded the title of "King of painters and painters of kings" by his contemporaries. He was considered the best portrait painter…

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What is the secret of Russian beauties in the portraits of Konstantin Makovsky
Konstantin Makovsky was one of the most fashionable and, as they would say now, “sought-after” artists of the XIX - early XX century. Emperor Alexander II called him “my painter,”…

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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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