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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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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"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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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 Viktor Vasnetsov in 25 years created 5 thousand square meters of church painting
Few people know that the well-known Russian artist Viktor Vasnetsov, who was shy by nature, who was famous for his “Heroes”, “Alyonushka”, “Vityaz at the Crossroads”, was a rather extraordinary…

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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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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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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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