How a practical solution for protecting against drafts turned into an expensive work of art: Tapestry
Tapestries, or rather tapestries, were created because they allowed you to protect yourself from cold and draughts. But this purely practical purpose does not explain the essence of the trellis,…

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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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The owner of an old castle painted its walls with fairy-tale flowers: Claire Basler

Who wouldn’t want to live in a beautiful fairy-tale castle? French artist Claire Basler managed to make her dream come true. When Claire and her husband bought a dilapidated old castle, the Chateau de Beauvoir, in the suburbs of Paris, it was little like a dream. It was Claire who made it into a living fairy tale. She managed it so much that they arrange excursions to the castle – it has become one of the attractions of France.

Claire Basler was born in 1960, in France, in the small town of Vincennes. Since childhood, she loved to draw most of all. No wonder she went to the Paris school of fine arts. During her studies, she often visited the Louvre and could walk there for hours, so much did she admire the Museum’s masterpieces. This determined her vocation and was incredibly inspiring. Continue reading

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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7 masterpieces of the Hermitage that are worth seeing in 2020
Scientists have long proved that art has a beneficial effect on human health, reducing the level of anxiety and stress in the body. This is especially true of fine art…

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An artist from the Russian hinterland writes extraordinary paintings that are difficult to distinguish from coinage
Today, the visual arts, as never before, have an unlimited degree of freedom in the choice of themes, ideas, designs, and artistic means. However, not many masters manage to surprise…

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David's "oath of the Horatii": what symbols the artist encoded in the Patriotic Manifesto
In 1785, visitors to the Paris salon were shocked by the painting of David - "the Oath of the Horatii", which later became a masterpiece of Neoclassicism. The canvas contains…

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