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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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

A self-taught artist paints realistic landscapes of Russian nature that resemble pictures of the great Shishkin.
The fate of the artists at all times for the most part has always been filled with difficulties and sufferings, disfavor and rejection. But only true creators were able to…

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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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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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The artist from St. Petersburg draws naive tales from which it gets warmer in her soul.
On the eve of the coming holidays, both children and adults want to get in touch with miracles, plunge into the world of good fairy tales, get a lot of…

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