Pimen Orlov: As an apprentice, the painter became a student of Briullov and one of the best European portrait painters
The history of Russian art knows many names of painters who came from the common people. One of these is the brilliant Russian portrait painter Pimen Nikitich Orlov, a native…

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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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How talented women, worthy places in history, remained in the shadow of their men
There is a myth that artists do not get along with artists and therefore marry only mere mortals. But there are many couples in which more or less equally known…

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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 of his time, and to be imprinted on his canvas meant to gain eternal immortality. Whom the great Titian immortalized on the allegorical canvas of the late period – further in the review.

Titian lived a long and fruitful creative life, which spanned almost three quarters of the turbulent 16th century. He had to endure both the years of the highest prosperity and the years of the deepest crisis of the whole culture of the Renaissance of Italy. Continue reading

Because of what a brilliant Victorian artist Richard Dudd dealt with his father and got into the “yellow house”

This artist, and even more so the ancestor of the new style in art, is supposed to be a little crazy. Sometimes the outrage makes the master a real legend. However, history knows examples when the great masters of painting and graphics in the most literal sense of the word went crazy – even getting into institutions for the mentally ill, where their talent received a completely amazing embodiment.

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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 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

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As the sons of the Austrian artist Carl von Blaas became famous portrait painters of their time
Contrary to the well-known concept that “nature is resting on children of geniuses”, the world history of art still knows many artists' dynasties, which transferred a divine gift from father…

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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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The personal drama of the French artist Emile Mounier, which inspired him to paint children's portraits
There are not so many painters in the world history of art who dedicated their work to children's portraits. For, in order to capture the lovely mischievous and immediate children,…

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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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