"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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For what artist Ayami Kojima created the "aesthetics of vampires," and what came of it
Ominous corridors, eerie locks, skeletons and cracked skulls, and among them - with a bouquet of roses, porcelain skin and golden curls. But do not flatter yourself - these tender…

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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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How talented women, worthy places in history, remained in the shadow of their men

There is a myth that artists do not get along with artists and therefore marry only mere mortals. But there are many couples in which more or less equally known as artists are both husband and wife, such as the Delone spouses, or in which the artist and artist coexisted happily, like the Serebryakovs or Mavrina and Kuzmin. However, it also happens that a woman succeeds in becoming famous as an artist only after escaping from the shadow of her man … Or that her talent is discovered much later, while studying the biography of a man. Continue reading

For what artist Ayami Kojima created the “aesthetics of vampires,” and what came of it

Ominous corridors, eerie locks, skeletons and cracked skulls, and among them – with a bouquet of roses, porcelain skin and golden curls. But do not flatter yourself – these tender lips hide sharp fangs … These are the characters of the artist Ayami Kojima, who changed the Japanese perception of vampires. World-wide fame brought her character design and art to the Castlevania game series.

Ayami Kojima is a brilliant self-taught artist. She began to work as a secretary, but to entertain herself and get away from the routine, she began to draw … and developed her own style and technique. Continue reading

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 metallic luster of paint. The effect is really amazing, something resembling a placer gems. Looking carefully at the picture plane, one can understand that there are no radiant colors on the canvas and there is no trace – just an extraordinary technique and a unique handwriting of the painter, subject to the flow of energy and the pulsation of light. Continue reading

How Viktor Vasnetsov in 25 years created 5 thousand square meters of church painting
Few people know that the well-known Russian artist Viktor Vasnetsov, who was shy by nature, who was famous for his “Heroes”, “Alyonushka”, “Vityaz at the Crossroads”, was a rather extraordinary…

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Expressive "broken" portraits with a palette knife, painted from photographs
Francoise Nielly (Francoise Nielly) is a native French woman from Marseille who is tired of simple and simple subjects, standard solutions in the field of photography. That is why it…

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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,…

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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 painters who came from the common people. One of these is the brilliant Russian portrait painter Pimen Nikitich Orlov, a native…

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