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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“Nu” in Soviet style: How many are asked today for the social realism of Alexander Deineka on the global art market?
After the teleconference in 1986, Leningrad - Boston, the whole world is finding out that there is nothing forbidden in the USSR, what happens between a man and a woman,…

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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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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.

By the way, this fishery appeared in Mstera in the XIV century. 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

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 had its own imaginary figurative phenomenon in the form of a wonderland. In France, for example, this amazing imaginary country was called Kokan. And people, having learned to clothe their thoughts in literary words, and artistic images in painting, began to capture their fantasies, which have reached our days in the form of paintings and writings.

And interestingly, so far no one has solved the mystery of the appearance in the public consciousness of this mythological country. Continue reading

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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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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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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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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