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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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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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…

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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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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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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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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…

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