Riddles "Pilgrimage to the island of Kythira" Watteau: Why the artist renamed the painting
On Saturday, August 28, 1717, Antoine Watteau presented a painting for which he was admitted to the French Academy. The canvas depicting a gallant celebration quickly received the approval of…

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Why the picture "Unequal marriage" made a lot of noise, and how it changed society
The audience was delighted with this picture. For this work, the Imperial Academy of arts in St. Petersburg awarded the author the title of Professor (1863), critics perceived this as…

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Why they wanted to destroy Michelangelo's famous fresco " the Last judgment»
In the 1500s, there was a huge task: to visualize the scene of the Last Judgment and, moreover, to do it in the Sistine chapel, the chapel of the papal…

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How a rebel artist became an academic and teacher of the Tsar’s children: Karl Lemoch

The year 1863 can be defined as a landmark for the future development of fine art in Russia. It all started with the”revolt of the fourteen.” Fourteen students of the historical class preferred the realistic style to the classical, propagandized direction of the Academy and left the walls of the institution. One of these artists was Carl Lemoch.

According to V. V. Stasov: “These young people were all extremely insufficient-it means that they were dependent from head to foot and obliged to tremble for their future, and yet, risking this future, they prefer to lose their reward and the prospect of traveling abroad, just not to perform what is repugnant to their artistic conscience.” And they all lost the gold medal… Continue reading

Klimt's portrait of a woman: the Story of the most wanted painting found behind the ivy
The famous painting "Portrait of a woman" by the Austrian art Nouveau master Gustav Klimt was discovered 23 years after its theft. The work was created by the artist in…

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As a master from St. Petersburg became a court artist of the English Queen and painted the best portrait of her
The ceremonial portrait of Elizabeth II, painted by Sergei Pavlenko, is considered the best even by the Queen herself. The same portrait is reproduced on commemorative collector's stamps of the…

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Hitler's favorite artist and master of symbolism: Arnold Becklin, who inspired great minds to create masterpieces
One of Adolf Hitler's favorite masters of painting. The artist who inspired Rachmaninova on the creation of a masterpiece. The great symbolist of the XIX century, who created the unsurpassed…

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What caused the official painter of the Napoleonic victories to take his own life: Antoine-Jean Gros
In June 1835, a man's body was fished out of the river Seine in the vicinity of the town of MEUDON. The investigation established the identity and circumstances that led…

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