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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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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How Chinese artists went around at the Sotheby’s auction of Pablo Picasso himself

Over the past decades, China has rapidly burst into all spheres of human life. Fine art was no exception. So, in 2011, at the Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, for the first time, Chinese artist Zhang Datsyan (1899–1983) became the most expensive master of the world, moving Pablo Picasso himself from the pedestal, who for many years ranked first in the art rating. Continue reading

How passion flared up around the scandalous paintings of Francisco Goya

Surprisingly, the paintings of the famous Spanish artist, painted at the turn of the enlightened XVIII and XIX century gold, became the causes of scandals until the liberated XX. Despite the fact that the nude style in art is a tradition and it seems that it should not shock anyone, it is these works that became “markers” that showed that society is ready to see naked goddesses in pictures, but it is completely different about the image of real beauty, earthly women. Continue reading

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 a variety of sources. Do not run out and supply streams fake “finds”. Even at a world-famous auction, you can become a “happy owner” of a fake. Russian craftsmen do not lag behind the world, using the laws of the market remarkably cleverly.

The history of Russian fakes works of art began before the revolution. Number of the first of those times was the “tiara of the king Saytaferna”, bought by the Louvre in 1895 for 200 thousand francs. Continue reading

Painting in games
You rush headlong through the corridors with a shotgun at the ready - and do not pay attention that the blood of defeated enemies splashes on the reproduction of Vermeer,…

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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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How Chinese artists went around at the Sotheby’s auction of Pablo Picasso himself
Over the past decades, China has rapidly burst into all spheres of human life. Fine art was no exception. So, in 2011, at the Sotheby’s auction in Hong Kong, for…

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Esoteric surrealism in mysterious fiction paintings that help to look into
It is no secret to anyone that human nature is mysterious, and can manifest itself both from the light and from the dark side. Therefore, it is very difficult to…

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