“The triumph of death”: What is the secret of Bruegel's painting, which has been shaking the minds and imagination of people for almost 500 years?
There are paintings in the history of painting that leave a deep imprint on a person’s entire life — it’s worth seeing at least once. Impressions of what he saw…

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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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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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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

“Afterlife Painting”: How great artists of the past centuries paint paintings by the hands of our contemporaries.

Is there life after death? This rhetorical question worried humanity at all times. For centuries, religion and pundits have tried to put forward their versions and bring them to the public mind. And at the beginning of the last century, a new pseudoscience appeared – parapsychology, which came close to solving this riddle and put forward its theory, shocking, but having the right to exist. But to believe or not to believe in it is the business of each of us.Research in the field of human existence in our days, more than ever, arouse great interest and contradictions in society. Continue reading

Roman Romanov - an artist who makes nature come to life on his canvases
The Siberian land has raised a lot of generations of artists, who for more than one century have glorified this wonderful land in their works. Where, as in Siberia, in…

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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…

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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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As a favorite artist of Stalin, Alexander Gerasimov secretly painted pictures in the genre of "nude"
The name of the legendary artist Alexander Gerasimov, who lived and worked at a time when socialist realism dominated art, and to this day has caused heated debates among critics…

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