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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How the world's most famous paintings were created: Intriguing stories of paintings by great artists
Gregory Landau, a journalist and philosopher, once said: "Art is a dialogue in which the interlocutor is silent." Painting is a subtle art, allegorical, emotional, giving freedom in interpretation. This…

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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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Russian portrait artist and US President: how was the “Unfinished portrait of Franklin D. Roosevelt written»

Elizabeth Shumatova was a Russian-American artist who created numerous portraits of influential American and European figures throughout the twentieth century. But she is best known for painting an unfinished portrait of President Franklin D. Roosevelt. Why couldn’t she finish the job?
“Unfinished portrait” is a painting by Elizabeth Nikolaevna Shumatova, in which she portrayed the former US President-Franklin Roosevelt. The artist was commissioned to paint a portrait of the President and she began her work around noon on April 12, 1945. During lunch, Roosevelt complained of a headache and later on… he collapsed into a chair. Continue reading

An artist with a genetic mutation paints paintings that have 100 times more color shades than usual
The human eye can distinguish about a million color shades – this is enough to perceive the world in all its diversity. However, there is a rare genetic mutation that…

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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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What secrets the author of the most expensive painting in the world kept: little-Known facts about Paul Cezanne
Post-impressionist French artist Paul Cezanne is known for his incredibly diverse style of painting, which strongly influenced the abstract art of the XX century. Cezanne is universally recognized as the…

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What secrets about the young virgin Mary revealed by a medieval artist:" the Boyhood of our lady " by Surbaran
"The boyhood of the mother of God" is a painting by Francisco de Surbaran from 1658-1660, now in the Hermitage in Saint Petersburg. An ordinary Spanish girl is actually a…

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