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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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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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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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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

Painting of Gustav Klimt: Modern with nudes, Hitler’s help and the journey of “Golden Adele”

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

“Jan van Eyck was here”: How did the artist, from which the era of the Northern Renaissance began

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

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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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What was the life of the citizens of Pompeii before the legendary volcanic eruption: Pictures of Joseph Comans
The secrets of history at all times attracted and attracted creative people, especially artists. Who, no matter how they, managed to convey to our time the idea of ​​how humankind…

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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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“The triumph of death”: What is the secret of Bruegel's painting, which has been shaking the minds and imagination of people for almost 500 years?
There are paintings in the history of painting that leave a deep imprint on a person’s entire life — it’s worth seeing at least once. Impressions of what he saw…

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