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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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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Why the British monarch's court artist painted only by candlelight: Samuel Cooper
Samuel Cooper is an English artist and the best miniature master of his time, who became famous not only for his worthy court service to king Charles II, but also…

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What does Kustodiev’s “merchant’s wife at tea” hide: a Revolutionary Manifesto or a reflection of the artist’s personal tragedy

One of Boris Kustodiev’s favorite characters is the merchant’s wife. The artist wrote a lot of them and in different interpretations. His most famous merchant’s wife, Boris Kustodiev wrote with the countryman, Astrakhan Baroness Galina of Adergas. Unremarkable at first glance, the plot hides a reflection of the society of that time, social holes and personal problems of the artist.

Boris Kustodiev adopted the theme of merchant life from warm and bright memories of a happy childhood and youth. Continue reading

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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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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How the "Holy family" was depicted by famous painters of the 17th and 18th centuries
The Christmas theme in the painting of the XVII-XVIII centuries was very relevant. This is partly due to the period after the Renaissance (when artistic talents manifested themselves in a…

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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…

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