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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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…

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As the sons of the Austrian artist Carl von Blaas became famous portrait painters of their time
Contrary to the well-known concept that “nature is resting on children of geniuses”, the world history of art still knows many artists' dynasties, which transferred a divine gift from father…

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Riddles of the Tretyakov Gallery: What secrets hide paintings of Kramskoy and Vrubel

The unique collection of the museum has more than 180 thousand works of Russian art from different eras and styles. And behind each masterpiece of the Tretyakov Gallery is its own history, the study of which is like an exciting detective story. However, detectives, too, did not avoid the paintings from the museum. What role did Italian policemen play in the life of the gallery, why did Ivan Kramskoy cut the last lifetime portrait of Nikolay Nekrasov into pieces and how was Vrubel’s forever lost work?

Theft in Genoa
In 1991, the exhibition of the Tretyakov Gallery “Russian Art of the Time of Alexander II” was exhibited in Genoa. Continue reading

Russian folk crafts in a new way: The unique Mstera miniature of the Molodkins dynasty

People’s craft in its various manifestations flourished for centuries in Russia, because the people’s desire for beauty was always inexhaustible. And the secrets of mastery, handed down from generation to generation, have reached our days. And today in the village of Mstera, in the Vladimir region live four artists – the father and his three sons, by the name – Molodkina. And they create a unique minster miniature, panels, icons, wall paintings of interiors, book illustrations. Each of them has their own vision, their own style, their own handwriting and their admirers.

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As the famous “Beatle” Paul McCartney became an artist, and who is the main character of his paintings

The phrase that a talented person is talented in everything, anyway, fully relates to the personality of the 76-year-old Briton Sir Paul McCartney, the famous musician of the legendary Beatles group, its performer and songwriter. At one time, he put all his musical talent into his written hits, and now his name is becoming more and more popular in the field of painting. Critics have already begun to talk about him as a gifted artist who creates wonderful works of authorship.

“I don’t want to stay just a singer. I am interested in many things. And that’s my problem. ” Paul McCartney.

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"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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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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Brad Pitt, Angela Merkel and other famous personalities in the paintings of the artist Her Royal Majesty
“Despite the fact that I managed to develop my own style, over time I became interested in Edward Elgar’s musical variations called Enigma. And since my own artistic practice has…

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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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