"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…

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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…

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Kiss of Madness: Passionate paintings by an artist who spent her whole life in a psychiatric clinic
Alois Korbats had dreamed of love all her life, but she was destined to be constantly monitored by doctors and ... world-wide fame, which was not at all interesting for…

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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 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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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…

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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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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…

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