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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Roman Romanov - an artist who makes nature come to life on his canvases
The Siberian land has raised a lot of generations of artists, who for more than one century have glorified this wonderful land in their works. Where, as in Siberia, in…

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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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Like an ordinary 40-watt light bulb changed the life of the artist Alexander Maranov

The one who sees these amazing creations of the artist Alexander Maranov for the first time, probably immediately got the idea: the master uses some kind of super new sparkling metallic luster of paint. The effect is really amazing, something resembling a placer gems. Looking carefully at the picture plane, one can understand that there are no radiant colors on the canvas and there is no trace – just an extraordinary technique and a unique handwriting of the painter, subject to the flow of energy and the pulsation of light. 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 painting? You are deeply mistaken! Most of the portraits have no artistic value. Rather, these are embellished pictures and, if you do not understand the intricacies of portraiture, it is very easy to get into a mess.

To draw a portrait to order similar to the photo is not difficult. It is difficult to write it according to the laws of beauty, in an academic direction, observing all the rules, the basics of painting. What are these fundamentals and what should one pay attention to first of all? Continue reading

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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“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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“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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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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