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
Pictures of Gustav Klimt, written more than a hundred years ago and relating to a long past cultural era, are interesting and modern connoisseur of painting. Is this caused by the obvious erotic undertones of his works – or is it all a matter of the brilliant talent of the artist?
Klimts, art and the Flage family
Gustav Klimt was born on the outskirts of Vienna in 1862. The future artist was one of seven children in a poor family of a jeweler and engraver, from his father he received the first drawing skills. Later, Klimt Jr. was able to enroll in an art and craft school at the Austrian Museum of Art and Industry. Continue reading
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 hand, artists, as it were, are allowed to depict living beings, including their own kind, and on the other hand, there really is some kind of veto that bans not only the very art of portraiture, but its relation to it. Today I would like to shed light on these contradictory speculation.
Well, firstly, when talking about taboos, we have in mind the long-standing traditions in the Islamic world, according to which the image of deities was in no way allowed. Secondly, it also implies a ban on attributing to itself the merits with which the Almighty awarded the artist. 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 his rise to fame and fortune. However, a tragic accident at one moment destroyed all his hopes and aspirations. Oresta Kiprensky had to prove his importance in his homeland and abroad again, step by step.
Kiprensky’s parents recorded serfs Anna Gavrilova and her husband Adam Schwalbe, but the fact that Orest was the illegitimate son of the landowner Dyakonov could not be hidden. However, Alexei Dyakonov himself gave his son his freedom, he barely reached the age of 6 years. Continue reading
The painting of the Northern Renaissance, which became a consequence of the awakening of Europe from the medieval stagnation, differs from the works of the Italian Renaissance. This originality is the result of the creative path of individual artists, those who set the tone for the entire visual arts of that era. Van Eyck among these artists is usually mentioned primarily, perhaps also because the techniques of oil painting and the composition of colors – his invention.
Dutch Revival Artist
Jan van Eyck, largely due to which the Dutch Renaissance arose, was born in the town of Maaseik near Maastricht in the province of Limburg. Continue reading