As the famous "Beatle" Paul McCartney became an artist, and who is the main character of his paintings
The phrase that a talented person is talented in everything, anyway, fully relates to the personality of the 76-year-old Briton Sir Paul McCartney, the famous musician of the legendary Beatles…

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Fakes in Russia and the USSR: How were collectors and famous museums selling fakes
Collectors and investors with big money for decades have held a high level of demand for works of art. Not far behind them, and museums, buying all new masterpieces from…

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Who were the humble and horny who inspired and posed for Gustav Klimt
In the life of the famous Austrian artist, there were hundreds of women: the rich wives of the Viennese elite and the poor prostitutes, friends for many years and random.…

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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

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 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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“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…

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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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