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…

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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…

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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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Photo Requirements for Portrait Ordering

It is the search for photos that should be taken very seriously, because the quality of the portrait will depend on them. It so happens that the customer requests a portrait of good quality, but at the same time provides photos with poor sharpness. No matter how experienced the master is, and no matter how good the artist is, if the photo is bad, the quality of the portrait will be appropriate. Judge for yourself … The artist has never in his life seen the person being portrayed, and the master needs to create a portrait to order from the photo. All that the creator has is a photograph of the customer, and he doesn’t know what the portrait looks like. It does not matter whether you want a portrait to order with a cheap pencil or a portrait with oil paints, the quality of the photo should be perfect. Continue reading

How to evaluate a portrait?

How to understand whether the order is well executed or not? Do you think that the criteria for evaluating a good portrait is only similarity with a person and smooth painting? You are deeply mistaken! Most of the portraits have no artistic value. Rather, these are embellished pictures and, if you do not understand the intricacies of portraiture, it is very easy to get into a mess.

To draw a portrait to order similar to the photo is not difficult. It is difficult to write it according to the laws of beauty, in an academic direction, observing all the rules, the basics of painting. What are these fundamentals and what should one pay attention to first of all? Continue reading

Famous works of art that were destroyed by criminals

Works of art always attract attention. The creations of the great masters of the past, in addition to their beauty, also possess quite material attractiveness for the criminal world. Criminals often steal pictures hoping to cash in on them. However, when the danger of exposure is presented to the robbers, they may well destroy a brilliant creation, despite its artistic and historical value.

The Spanish painter was always eccentric, but he didn’t like to let people down without keeping his own promises. When he was invited in 1965 to address prisoners at Rikers Island Prison, located on the American island, Daly agreed. However, the disease made him refuse to speak. 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…

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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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How to evaluate a portrait?
How to understand whether the order is well executed or not? Do you think that the criteria for evaluating a good portrait is only similarity with a person and smooth…

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Sergey Zaryanko and his “living” portraits: As a boy from the serfs, became the favorite artist of the royal family
The nineteenth century was truly golden in the art of Russia - not least because talented artists were valued and supported - both in the halls of educational institutions and…

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